|Today’s Scripture: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7|
|Once saved, always saved – is it true or not? The reason this is such a big issue is because in our sinful state, we will take it to its extreme. Though we might not say it, we look at the question this way – what can I get away with and still go to Heaven? However, this should not be our attitude. Rather, our attitude should be, “How does God want me to act?”
Christ’s death on the cross was the complete payment for our sin debt. The price for our sin has been paid. Jesus promised “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 4:5 states, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” No works are needed to obtain salvation because it is freely offered to anyone who believes.
The next issue is whether or not we can lose our salvation. There are many verses that deal with this issue, both directly and indirectly. We have been given a promise of eternal life. (1 John 2:25) God cannot lie, so His promise cannot be broken. If there was a way for us not to have eternal life, God could not have promised it. John 10:28-29 says that “no man” can pluck us out of the Father’s hand – that includes you if you are human. Ephesians 2:6 says we are seated with Him in heavenly places. Because God is outside of time, in His sight, we are already there. 2 Peter 2:7 calls Lot just, even though the last thing we read about Lot is anything but good. Finally, when we trust Christ, we become part of the body of Christ. If we could lose our salvation, Christ’s body would constantly be losing parts.
Paul tells us that God’s grace abounds even in sin. However, he immediately answers our sinful response to that fact. Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” That is not the way God wants us to live.
Just because our sins have been paid for is no reason to continue in them. God has saved us out of those sins. Sin brings death and destruction. God has called us to live righteously, both for our good and His glory. When we fail to live the way He wants, we cause ourselves much turmoil, and others will not see their need to be saved. If there is no difference in your life, what is the reason for them to get saved?
That is why God wants us to behave like a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people. (1 Peter 2:9) We have been called to show Him to the world. Let’s follow Him, and determine to live holy, separated lives so that the world may “see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.