• Eze 3:20 When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
All though this is an OT text, I believe you can only become a righteous man once you are right with God. Clearly out of this text, once a man has becomes steadfast in his sin, he is no longer righteous, and shall die in his sin.
• 2Pet 2:20 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. • 21 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. 22 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.
You can only escape the pollution of this world once you have received the knowledge from the Lord Himself, thus you are saved, born-again. Clearly out of this text, if you give in to temptations and end up entangled, you will be in a worse position than if you had never known God, and will therefore lose your salvation – going back to the state where you never had salvation or a relationship with God
• Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. You can only become a branch if you are grafted in, thus you are saved, born-again. If you then choose to remain there you will bear fruit, if you choose not to abide in the Lord as per the parable, you will not bear fruit, thus you will be cast out and end up in hell. (See Rom 11:13-23)
• Rom 11:13-23 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
• Luk 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it.
Three years they waited for fruit, you can only bear fruit once you are saved, born-again, and if you abide in God. If you do not abide in God, and not bear fruit, you will be cut off from Him, and end up in hell – which means you are no longer saved. Mercy was pleaded to give him one year to see if he bears fruit.
• 1Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
This text refers to all that have been saved, baptised, experienced the goodness of the Lord. God will not be pleased with the many that revert to doing wrong by fornicating, lusting after evil things, and are involved in idolatry – these are all fruits of the flesh (Efe 5). This was written as a warning to us at the end of times.
• Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
He that overcomes shall be saved.
• Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. He that endures until the end shall be saved – if you do not endure until the end, you shall therefore not be saved
• Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 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, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 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.
These verses clearly state that when you are born again, and saved, you must grow and not stand still. You must not redesign fundamentals like baptism, laying of hands, resurrection, and the Word. Only once you are saved, born again, you can receive the holy Spirt and then only can you be enlightened, taste the goodness of the Lord, and taste the heavenly gifts, the powers to come. If you allow these things to fall away it is impossible to regain them, or your salvation, and it will be as though you are crucifying Jesus and shaming Him once again.
• 2Pet 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
These chose to forsake the right way, you can only make that decision once you are on the right way, saved, born again.
• 2Pet 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. This warns us that , knowing as we do what is right, that we should not follow the ways of the wicked, as we will fall from our own steadfastness in what is right, which implies we will no longer be saved.
• Gal 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
A small issue like OSAS is a little leaven, but a little leaven leaveneths the whole lump
• 1The 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. (Strong 4570 – sbennumi – to extinguish (literally or figuratively)) You can quench the Spirt.
That you can only do once you have received the Spirt, saved, born again. Quench in Strongs Greek is “sbennumi”, is extinguish.
• Heb 3:12-14 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Departing “afisthmi aphistemi, af-is’-tay-mee . From 575 and 2476; to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self. If“eh-an’” From 1487 and 302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty: before, but, except, (and) if, (if) so, (what-, whither-) soever, though, when (-soever), whether (or), to whom, (who-) so (-ever). See 3361.
You can only depart, desist, desert, fall away, refrain, and withdraw from something if you are already there. So it is with God – you can only leave God if you were there to start with, or in other words if you were saved, born again to start with. We are warned to guard against this, which means it is possible to leave God, and therefore our salvation behind. We are only partakers in Christ, and are saved, if we remain steadfast to the end. If we do not remain steadfast to the end, then we are no longer partakers of Christ, and therefore will no longer be saved.
• Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mat 25:1-13 warns us that when Jesus returns only 50% of the born again (saved) Christians will be ready, I know this is a parable, and 5 out of ten is 50% but it is not to say it will be 50%, it is a parable, but Jesus spoke in parables with a purpose.
- some will fall away from their steadfast, 2Pet 3:17
- some will quench the Spirt, 1The 5:19
- some will fall away Heb 6:1
- some will not endure till the end Mat 24:13
- some will forsake the right way 2Pet 2:15
- some will not overcome the temptations of this world Rev 3:4
- some will not take head of the warning God has given us 1Cor 10:1
- some will not bear fruit Joh 15:1, Rom 11:13, Luk 13:6
- some will get entangled again in the pleasures of this world 2Pet 2:20
- some will not forsake sin Eze 3:20
- some will depart Heb 3:12-14
- some will not “if” steadfast to the end Heb 3:12-14
by: Jacques Lucas
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