There are many examples in Scripture of those who sinned after salvation. We all know the story of Peter and how he denied the Lord. One particular teacher of Lordship Salvation says that Peter’s denial was before the cross and before he had the Holy Spirit. But Peter was also rebuked publically after Pentecost, so we know he sinned after he was saved. Galatians 2:14 states,
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
At this point, Peter had had the Holy Spirit for many years. Paul had to rebuke him for teaching a false message, so does this mean that the great Apostle Peter wasn’t saved? Of course he was saved. Peter was human and still had the flesh nature.
1 Corinthians 5:1 rebukes a man who is committing sexual sin with his stepmother or mother. And yet later in the passage, verse 5 says, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” God did chasten this man, but he didn’t lose his salvation for not showing good works after he trusted Christ.
God will deal with sin in your life. No question about it. But our works do not keep us saved. God’s grace keeps us saved for all eternity.
Live in the present tense of your salvation, free from the power of sin. This means you need to lean on the Holy Spirit, seeking His guidance and direction. – Dr. James A. Scudder
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder