If in this life I touch but one or two,
And see in heaven a soul that I had saved,
Let thanks be God’s that I, in faith, was true,
That for another the kingdom’s path was paved.
“But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.”
Isaiah 51.8 b
The prophet repeats these phrases from verse 6, sandwiching the impermanent insults of men between them.
Name some things that God does for the people of Christ that can be called definitive.
A Bible student looking for the truth and the atheist looking for contradictions may ask the same question when it comes to a major theme of the New Testament.
“Why are there different answers when it comes to telling someone how to be saved?“
The root of the question is obvious. Read the book of Acts and you find a plurality of situations: Some are told to believe. Some are told to repent and be baptized. Some are told to repent. Some are told to hear certain words before any other instructions were given. Some simply have “Jesus preached” to them.
So what’s the answer? Continue reading
“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.”
Whatever Jesus’ reason for not permitting the man cured of demon possession to accompany him, he gave him a great mission, so that the next time the Lord entered the region, he was well received.
Today, we can do both: go with Jesus and go out declaring what God has done for us.
A doctrine of man known as the impossibility of apostasy is a doctrine that closely clings to other doctrines of man known as unconditional election and limited atonement. Unconditional election is a teaching that God’s choice of a person is in accordance with His sovereign will, and the person chosen has nothing at all to do with this matter. In other words, God choice “was not based upon any merit [including one’s personal response] shown by the object of his grace.” Limited atonement is the teaching that Jesus died only for some, not all. “Christ died indeed, for many people, but not all.” If unconditional election and limited atonement are actual Bible teachings, then the question “Can one lose his salvation?” has to be answered in the negative. God’s choice can’t be overcome by any action or desire of man. In other words, one is saved no matter what.
Are those two doctrines taught in Scripture? The answer is no. Consider the following: Unconditional election is wrong because Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; he who believes not shall be damned.” Note the conditions before salvation is attained: belief and baptism. Thus, unconditional election is not taught. Limited atonement is wrong because Jesus died to atone for the whole world; 1 John 2:2 speaks of Jesus as being the propitiation (atonement) for the sins “for the whole world.” Note also that it is God’s desire that ALL come to the knowledge of the truth, that none be lost (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). Thus, limited atonement is not a teaching of the New Testament.
Since these two man-made doctrines are not taught in Scripture, what about the question, “Can one lose his salvation?” The Hebrews writer said, “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt” (Hebrews 6:4-6, ESV).
As all three are tied together, unconditional election, limited atonement and impossibility of apostasy, they all fall together also. RT
“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.'”
John 4.10 NLT
Jesus turns the attention of the Samaritan woman to spiritual realities and benefits.
In what ways do we fail to recognize the gift that God has for us?
- To become a disciple of Christ — Matt 28:18-20
- To become the possession of, and have fellowship with, the Godhead — Matt 28:18-20
- To fulfill righteousness — Matt 3:15-17; Matt 28:18-20: Acts 10:48
- For forgiveness of sin — Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
- Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit– Acts 2:38
- To enter the church — Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13
- To undergo God’s grace — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the law system — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the domination of sin — Rom 6:1-7
- To obtain hope of eternal life — Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; Col 3:1-4
- To be united with Christ — Rom 6:3,5
- To receive the benefits of Christ’s death — Rom 6:3
- To enter newness of life — Rom 6:4
- To become a son of God — Gal 3:26-27
- To put on Christ — Gal 3:27
- To become an heir of Abraham — Gal 3:26-29
- To express faith in Christ — Gal 3:26-27
- To undergo spiritual circumcision — Col 2:11-12
- As the anti-type of Noah’s salvation — 1 Pt 3:20-21
- To obtain a good conscience — 1 Pt 3:21
by Scott Wiley