Depart from Me – Why Did Jesus Say That?

Can You Lose Your Salvation

Before I start on salvation, here is a few scriptures that Jesus gives us in The Sermon on the Mount I would like you to look at.

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Those scriptures struck me deep in my heart when I read them. For over 40 years I thought I was a Christian, but then discovered I wasn’t. I was not doing the will of God, but I was living in the world as I sat in a pew singing and praising God on Sunday. It was all a sham, but I didn’t realize it. Satan had me exactly where he wanted me, sitting in a church pew complete ignorant and undone. In the scriptures above, who was Jesus talking to? It was to those who think or say they are Christians, that’s who. Those “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

In other words, pews are filled with those who practice “religion” only on Sundays but when they leave church, revert back to their old ways of living, the ways of the world. Are you faithfully reading your bible daily to see what is expected of you? If so, do you pray daily that the Holy Spirit will give you guidance and understanding? If not, how do you think you’re going to know what is expected of you and how you are to conduct yourself so as to be the light of the world? Many don’t care, they simply think that going to church on Sunday is enough. But is it? Worship isn’t done in the church, it’s done in the mission field. That’s starts outside the door of the church when you go back into the world. That’s where the true worship begins, in doing the Will of God and by being a witness to the worldly.

What do these following scriptures spoken by Jesus mean to you? Think about it carefully before reading this section on Salvation and as you read each of these scriptures, pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you into understanding each one.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Do you know what Jesus’ commandments are, and they are not the 10 commandments only)

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (Do you know where to find these commandments?)

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (Commandments / Words, these are the same)

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. (Do you see a common theme here which is a requirement of all Christians?)

What each Christian is expected to do is to read God’s Word, daily. That’s how we grow in Christ. Hosea 4:6 tell us: “My people perish from a lack of knowledge.” Don’t be one of those people.

 

Salvation – What really is the truth? Once saved, always saved. Or for those who are “convinced” they can lose their salvation and can never regain it again once it is lost, is that really true? Many are mislead by a verse in Hebrews that states:

Heb. 6 v.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.”

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you determine the real meaning of the scriptures that are included here, that He may make manifest the truth to you as you study this.

The following is supporting scripture for the question of Eternal Security

  • What does “Believe in Him” mean?
  • Scriptures showing the Act of believing in Jesus is associated with salvation
  • Those truly saved Will not lose their salvation
  • Do you believe?
  • Can you sin your whole life and receive salvation?
  • Living in Holiness
  • Should we trust our feelings?
  • Denominational Beliefs
  • What do the Greeks words for salvation mean?
  • About the Corinthians
  • Teaching the doctrine of losing one’s salvation is a sin.
  • Mockery of the new birth
  • When people abandoned the church or teaching of the apostles, these scriptures indicate they were never saved in the first place
  • To put things in perspective, this describes the nature of the “new creature”

The following 6 categories contain scripture sounding like you can lose your salvation

  • Those not saved in first place
  • A confusing scripture
  • Physical persecution
  • Loss of Reward
  • Facing Physical Judgment and Death
  • Other

Definitions

  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Are we to do good only to other Christians and forget our neighbors
  • Assembling Ourselves Together
  • Assurance of our Salvation…and a test to determine if you’re obedient to Christ
  • Backsliding
  • Can we live as we want after salvation?
  • Failure of Faith
  • Foreknowledge or Predestination
  • Inerrant Word of God
  • Intercession
  • Joy of salvation
  • Justification
  • No one comes to Jesus unless the Father sends them
  • Old Testament Scripture Telling of the Coming of Christ
  • Propitiation
  • Reconciliation
  • Regeneration
  • Sanctification
  • Saved by Grace
  • Sealing of the Holy Spirit
  • Separation
  • Sin separates us from God
  • Temptation isn’t from God
  • The observance of the Sabbath
  • Why doesn’t God answer some people’s prayers?

The word “security” emphasizes the status of our forgiveness, whereby “perseverance” also includes the idea of persistent growth in Godliness.

Those who are against the “once saved, always saved” thinking tend to base their arguments on the following:

  • The fear that it will lead un-repentant, persistent sinners thinking that they are Christians because of a one time religious experience. They see this as being dangerous because it could seem to imply that a person could make a one time commitment, perhaps as a child, then live a life of sin, rebellion and unbelief, then go to heaven. What incentive is there to pursue obedience if our salvation does not depend on it they ask?

They have a misunderstanding of how God works through us to keep us in the faith. The Bible gives us every reason to believe that those who live like described above were never saved in the first place and whatever profession of faith the sinner made was not genuine. (Read: “Can we live as we want after salvation?”)

To often teachers of eternal security have often left themselves open to their opponents’ fear. Many evangelists make too little mention of repentance and give the impression that people are eternally saved simply by praying the “sinner’s prayer”. Not that they may not be saved, but if they are, one will begin to notice changes in these newly born again Christians which will make their profession of faith quite evident. With the conversion will bring many changes in a person’s life which is shown in Ephesians and we will discuss in detail later.

Eph. 4 v.22-24: That ye put off concerning the former conversation (meaning conduct) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

“Put off the old man” to renounce pre-conversion life and sins; and “be renewed in your mind, to be constantly changed, being brought more and more in line with God’s own viewpoint; and “put on the new man, that is, to assume a new nature (character) and conduct (life) at conversion.

The causalities in this battle over whether or not you can lose your salvation are twofold. First, millions of Christians cannot live with joy and confidence, because they do not have the assurance that they will go to heaven when they die. They live in fear that they might fall into sin and lose their salvation. They don’t feel that God is near to them. (Read: “Joy of Salvation”)

Second, there are also millions who made a “decision for Christ” but have never moved away from their life of sin. Even so, they have been told that they had been forgiven. (Read: “Assurance.”)

I believe the Bible is very clear that salvation is both permanent and unconditional. This is the doctrine of eternal security or the perseverance of the saints. Those who profess Christ should be aware of exactly what transpires with believers after they give their life to Jesus Christ. This article should help clarify that process.

The Word of God (Bible) tells us the act of believing in Jesus (involving both faith and repentance) is associated with the moment of salvation, and those who believe are forgiven of their sins and will be saved. We’ll start with some of those scriptures. Note the bold areas for reference:

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