Is Once Saved Always Saved Scriptural?
Part Two|Pastor William Bedsole

Last week, I shared part one on this subject. Going further, Matthew 25:1-13 talks about ten virgins-five were wise and five were foolish. Being virgins, they would be considered to be good people, but one thing was lacking, which is the central meaning of this parable-they were not ready. Many people simply are not ready for the coming of the Lord. The Bible is PLAIN-Jesus shall come back for His church. The question is, are your ready?

We have to know that our salvation can be eternally secure-and it is, IF we remain in Christ, serving Him and walking with Him. We must remember, however, it is possible for people to walk away from the Lord because we have all been given a free will. One thing remains the same, since Adam and Eve; God has given man a free choice in every area of his life.

1 John 5:16-17 NLT If you see a fellow believer[a] sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.

This scripture is not talking about physical death, but spiritual death. And notice he says, “I do not say he shall pray for those who commit it.” This is what we refer to as the unpardonable sin. This is not like any other sin in which we may receive forgiveness. God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, this goes beyond any other sin a believer may commit. This is walking away from the Lord. We see this expounded in Hebrews 6:4-6-For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. So it’s not a situation in which God wouldn’t accept these people back if they repented. You just can’t get them to repent. They have by their actions chosen to walk away from God and as the scripture says to count the Blood of Jesus unholy and have crucified the Son of God afresh.

So, can people walk away and be eternally lost even though earlier in life they were saved? Absolutely. But even more importantly, is there eternal security? Yes, as long as we stay in Christ. What do we need to do? We need to walk close to Him. Stay in close fellowship daily and if you miss it, run back to Him quickly. If we do these things, we can know that we are on the right track and one day we’ll be able to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

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