Those not saved in first place

  • Gal. 5 v.4: Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

This verse could be translated: “You will be severed from Christ, if you try to be justified by law; you will forfeit the favor in God’s eyes which Christ won for you.” This does not teach the loss of salvation which one earlier possessed. Rather it means that if the readers truly renounce grace through faith alone as the way of salvation, if they depend on legalism to secure divine favor, then they show that they never really knew God’s grace in the first place.

  • James 2 v.26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The point of this analogy between the body and one’s faith is that both require an energizing element. The absence of that element renders the other component dead. If the person isn’t saved (doesn’t have the Holy Spirit) the body is dead or doomed to Hell. If the body is dead then so are the works.

  • Luke 8 v.13: They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

This is from the parable of the Sower. The stony ground refers to the impulsive people who immediately receive the gospel, but not counting the cost, have no root or spiritual reality in themselves. They believe for awhile and are soon offended or defect from the truth because of persecution. Their rejection of the gospel is as speedy as their reception of it. These were never truly saved in the first place.

  • When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

The key to this is the phrase “trust to his own righteousness”. Matt. 6 v.33 states: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. It states “His” righteousness, not your own. Un-repented sin causes death. Matt. 5 v.20 says: For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

  • 2 Peter 2 v.20-22: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

All of chapter 2 talks about false prophets and teachers. These are heretics who did not follow the teachings of Christ, rather were following the way of Balaam which you can see in verse 15. In verse 19 these false teachers are further called servants of corruption because, despite their profession of salvation, they have become entangled in the world and overcome by it. Therefore their later end is worse than their beginning profession, because they have now embarked on a course of action that denies their profession of Christ. The illustration of the dog and the sow vividly portray their folly.

  • 1 Tim. 4 v.1: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Expressly means clearly. To depart means to apostatize. Apostasy is the deliberate and permanent rejection of Christianity after a previous profession of faith in it. Doctrines of devils or doctrines that are taught by demons. An apostate is not someone who never knew the truth but someone who knew it and rejected it. He may have even been involved in various religious activities. But because he never truly knew God, he was lured away by the siren voices of the demons behind idols and false religious systems.

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