Plugging Into the “ETERNAL”!

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Receiving the POWER

BLOG-TEXT — John 10:27-28 AMP:

JESUS is speaking,  “The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.   And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages.  [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.]  And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.”

A Recent Conversation…

I often post Scripture verses on Social Media based on my daily bible reading.  A church friend responded to John 10:27-28 in this manner and with his question by stating…

If the question is, can we lose our salvation, I say yes!  It’s a point argued over the ages and good godly people come down on both sides…so, how can we truly know we are SAVED?  I want to be able to stand on the verse that I know I am saved…” ~ [December 31 and January 1st comments.]

John 1:12-13:

[12] Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–  [13] children born not of natural descent, nor human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  [NIV]

Who Are the Children of God?

Not everyone.  A child of God is one who has RECEIVED JESUS as their Savior.  One who has placed their TRUST, through FAITH in Jesus Christ.

In the Book of Acts, Chapter 16,  Paul and Silas find themselves incarcerated in prison.  We find them in the dungeon, fastened by their feet in stocks at about midnight, praying and singing hymns of praise to God when suddenly…an earthquake happened; and all at once all the doors of the prison were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.

I don’t know about you, but if I had been there that night, THAT would certainly get my attention!  And it appears the same effect got the jailer’s attention who was in charge of guarding the prisoners:

“Then [the jailer] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling and terrified he fell down before Paul and Silas.  And he brought them out [of the dungeon] and said,  Men, what is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?

And they answered,  Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be SAVED, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well”  (Acts 16:29-31 AMP).

When dealing with differences of opinion in the world and the church, such as a controversial subject, several questions need to be answered. Over the years of my teaching the Bible, I have found only the Word of God answers their questions with any authority and not mine.

John 1:12-13:

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–[Isa. 56:5.]  Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that physical impulse] nor to the will of man (that natural father], but to God.  [They are born of God!].”

QUESTION:  “What is SALVATION?”

SALVATION is a spiritual experience and not a physical act of the person:

[3]  “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  [4] “How can a man be born when he is old?”  Nicodemus asked.   “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”  [5] Jesus answered,  “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  [6] Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit”  (John 3:3-6 NIV).

SALVATION Means Deliverance…

SALVATION IS Not deliverance from SIN (to keep yourself from sin requires action on your part).

SALVATION is deliverance from the penalty of sin and the judgement to come.

Who is it that SAVES?  “The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Christ Jesus (the Messiah) came into the world to SAVE SINNERS, of whom I am foremost”  (1 Timothy 1:15 AMP).

The question is NOT  “Can one lose his/her salvation?”  But,  “Have they been saved to start with?”

A person can know…be sure of their salvation because of the reasons given about salvation found in the Bible.

SALVATION IS PERMANENT!

The words used to refer to “permanence” are…

The Word “ETERNAL” – John 3:15.

“ETERNAL” is indeterminate as to duration.

The Word “EVERLASTING” – John 3:16.

From the moment you “PLUG INTO the “eternal”!, life is “everlastingly” yours!  We LIVE in and through Jesus Christ in the “right now!”:

“And this is that testimony (that evidence):  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son”  (1 John 5:11).

JESUS GIVES LIFE and…He maintains it and as long as He lives, we live.  When our life expires, the life in us from Jesus lives on!

JESUS’ DECLARATION–HE WILL NOT LOSE ONE!

John 10:28, 29 AMP:

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or *perish throughout the ages.  [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.]  And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.

My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.

GREEK– po/llumi – “perish” (verse 28):

To destroy utterly, to kill, to bring to naught, make void, to lose, be deprived of, to be destroyed, perish, to be put to death, to die, to be lost, to stray.

John 11:26 AMP:

And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] *die at all.  Do you believe this?

GREEK — poganh – “die” : 

DEATH of final condemnation, utter separation.

GOD DOESN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH VOCABULARY–

If language means anything at all, and if our God doesn’t have a problem with our vocabulary…you can’t walk away from our Scripture verses in John 10:27-28 without saying…“I’m not only SAVED, I’m SECURE!”

When God SAVED you, He gave you the GIFT of eternal life.  The word “give” = freely bestowed, impossible to earn.  If you have to work for something, it’s NOT a GIFT.

The English language is clear enough, but if we were Greek and spoke the language of the Bible as originally written, it would be even clearer.

In the Greek, John 10:28, 29, we see Jesus using the word “GIVE”.

In the Greek, “give” = freely bestowed, impossible to earn.  When GOD SAVED you, He gave you the GIFT of eternal life.  If you have to work for something, then it is not a GIFT.

JESUS SAYS, “SALVATION IS EVERLASTING–ETERNAL!”  

If our SALVATION is only “temporary”, doesn’t last forever, then it wasn’t “everlasting” now, was it?  And if it doesn’t last forever, then GOD is a liar, or very weak vocabulary, and no disrespect…but I could throw away these all these verses in the face of GOD, if I could lose my SALVATION.

Jesus Died For Us Once for All!

JESUS said, “IT IS FINISHED!” and that’s just what He meant.  If we are SAVED often, JESUS must be SACRIFICED often.

“And in accordance with this will [of God], we have been made holy (consecrated and sanctified) through the offering made once for all of the body of Jesus Christ (the anointed One)”  (Hebrews 10:10 AMP).

It is the Lord who keeps us, therefore there is no separation.

“…I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day”  (2 Timothy 1:12 b. NIV).

We are KEPT by the power of God.

1 Peter 1:3-5 New American Standard:

[3] “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

[4] to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

[5] who are protected by THE POWER OF GOD through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 

We are SEALED by the Holy Spirit.

“In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit”  (Ephesians 1:13 AMP).

ADDRESSING THE QUESTION:

The question is NOT “Can a person LOSE their salvation?” but, “Have they ever been SAVED to begin with?”

You might ask, “What happens when a child of God [“child of God” already explained] does sin?”

“You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons, For what son (child) is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline?”  (Hebrews 12:7 AMP).

Plugging Into the “Eternal'”!

I’ve tried to answer the question,  “Can we lose our salvation?”  NOT by plugging into “hybrid”…the thoughts of man or *“Hybrid Christianity”; where there is a mixture of thoughts.

The title, “Plugging Into the ‘ETERNAL! is to demonstrate our FAITH, our confidence, coming from the POWER of trusting in God’s Word about our SALVATION!

*Oak Hill’s Ministries defines “Hybrid Christianity” as “a form or type of religion that calls itself Christianity, but is NOT derived from JESUS CHRIST–which liberally uses His name, adopts or claims much of His Word -but- then mixes the traditions of man and man’s reasoning.”

The ANSWER to The Question IS: Placing Your FAITH in Christ for Your Salvation, Not Yourself–

FAITH is the practical expression of the confidence in God and His Word (Hebrews 11:1).

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2 thoughts on “Plugging Into the “ETERNAL”!

  1. I remember a pastor who gave a sermon called “Does God have an eraser?” a funny title, but makes a good point when you think about it. If God writes our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life at salvation, then to lose our salvation would mean he would erase our names, then rewrite them, then erase. It’s a little ridiculous and calls into question His omniscience. Either we are saved and have our names in his book, or we aren’t. Losing what He gave isn’t even compatible with His nature.

    love your great reminder of the confidence we can have based on His promises in scripture! Keep writing, Mel!

    • Thanks Karen, and good illustration regarding the “eraser.” That’s a good one. I’m working right now on a sequel, based on another’s comments of “Plugging Into…” The question came from a often asked and misunderstood Bible verse, “How about the unpardonable sin?” My answers will of course be based on the Word.

      > Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:08:54 +0000 > To: theworddetective@gmail.com >

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