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  2. 2. Regeneration is not a conscious experience. It is the action of God in which He puts a seed of spiritual life in us, and the first indication of the presence of that life is that there is repentance. No man can repent apart from that act of God. The natural man cannot repent, for these things are “foolishness unto him” I Corinthians 2:14.Chapter eight is going to show us how the Christian thinks about himself, what the Christian really does know to be true about himself.And what Paul is going to highlight is that the Christian is not a man who talks about nothing but the Law of God.When the Christian talks about his sin and failure he does not talk about it primarily in terms of the Law; he talks about I in terms of love, about his failure to please the One who has died for him, and his failure to live to His glory.The Christian does not go on speaking in terms of the Law as the man in Romans 7 does. He is no longer under the law but under grace.Paul shows that the Christian is not to allow himself to feel the condemnation of the Law.That is the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, King, and Priest. There is no condemnation to those who are IN CHRIST.LET‟S TAKE A GENERAL SURVEY AT ROMANS EIGHT.Everything that is in chapter eight has been already been hinted at. What we are going to see is the outworking, the exposition, the amplification, of what Paul has already stated in germ and in embryo.The main theme of Romans eight is the security of the Christian, the absolute certainty of the “finalperseverance” of the saints, and the ultimate, complete and entire salvation of every one who believes inthe Lord Jesus Christ.PAUL OPENS CHAPTER EIGHT WITH A GENERAL STATEMENT OF WHAT IS TRUE OFTHE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST AS HIS LORD AND SAVIOR. “THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.” 2The next 38 verses will bring to bear that statement is true of the believer. Paul is going to prove Pageit:
  3. 3. FIRST PROOF OF OUR ETERNAL SALVATION: 8:2-4 8:1 is true because we have been delivered from the Law in total and are joined to Christ by the Holy Spirit. Here is what Paul says, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”SECOND PROOF OF OUR SECURITY OF SALVATION: 8:5-13 Our salvation is guaranteed. How? Because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us. He works in us 1 First our sanctification, delivering us from sin and all its leftovers, 2 And even delivering the body when we get to heaven.THIRD PROOF OF OUR SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER: 8:14-17 The presence of the Spirit within us is a proof that we are children of God. We need to practice the presence of God in our daily life. 3 God does not just forgive us, and continue to treat us as if we were still under the law. Not at all. Page That is God does not wait and see if we will break a law and then forgive us.
  4. 4. Pau says, We are lifted out of that realm totally. There is an adoption. We become the sons and the children of God, and become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Here is how we must look at our salvation: o We are children of God, He has changed our relationship with Him. Therefore how can our salvation fail. oFOURTH PROOF THAT WE WILL NEVER LOSE OUR STATUS WITH CHRIST: 8:18-25 As God‟s heirs, we are destined for an inheritance of glory, which God has not only promised us, but is even now preparing for us (John 14) and not only for us, but for the whole creation. The problem of most of us as humans, we are so subjective and we are always thinking of our particular moods and states. Look in the end God is going to remove all that sin has cause to happen. Sin has just polluted all things. Look God is going to refurbish the entire world.FIFTH PROOF OF OUR ASSURANCE THAT SALVATION WILL BE FOREVER FOR THEBELIEVER: 8:26-34 Why can I be so confidently, and with such assurance, that the final and complete salvation of the Christian is guaranteed? Here it is: Here is the answer. The very character of God is involved in it all; and that if this fails, if it fails with respect to any believer, any believer, just one mine you, the character of God has been destroyed. Have we not said many times in our teaching, and Christ has said, God has said. Remember back 4 in Genesis study on Wednesday Night, GOD HAS A PLAN and A SCHEME and PURPOSE Page
  5. 5. OF SALVATION. GOD MADE SALVATION WITH A PURPOSE AND A PLAN BEHIND IT. God designed it, He planned it, when? Before the foundation of the world. God has taken steps and stages in the process. The making of the world, the making of mankind, the history of the coming of the Messiah, and much is yet to come. Listen God has set His heart upon us in eternity, and predestinated us. Listen God had eternity in mind before He created anything. He calls us, one by one unto salvation, and He has separated us, and then He calls us to work His work. He works within us by His Spirit from justification to sanctification to glorification. God has said what He has planned and He cannot fail because GOD IS GOD, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. HE CANNOT FAIL. He has put His plan and purpose into implementation. God has mention some things that he has planned for eternity. God put into action that would deliver us out of our sinful state. He became man in Jesus Christ. The total, and unconditional guarantee that what He put into motion from the beginning, was the in the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ. We not only have then God‟s character, and God‟s Word, and God‟s plan, but we have this action of God sending His only begotten, beloved Son nto the world with the purpose to die, to be the sin-bearer, to be the “Lamb of God.” Listen if God planned the death of His Son in order to save us, is it not inconceivable that God would then allow anything to cause His plan to save his elect before the foundation of the World? Can I say, it does not bear thought or even an investigation for a second to believe it would fail. Here is how Paul put it: as we have read: 8:29-30.]SIXTH: THE ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY OF OUR SECURE SALVATION 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Said it in 8:1 not Paul is going to prove it. NOTHING CAN. Did you hear that, no sin, no man, not Satan, not a church can. God is unchangeable so therefore nothing can ever make Him, or His Purpose give up. 5 Page
  6. 6. EIGHT VERSES ABOUT ETERNAL SALVATION 1. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fathers hand. John 10:27-29. 2. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 3. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 4. Who are kept by the power of God through faith . . . I Peter 1:5 5. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29 6. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37 7. And this is the Fathers will who hath sent me, that all of which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again on the last day. John 6:39 8. In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased 6 possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 Page
  7. 7. Salvation is By Faith Alone in Jesus; and Not Works GENUINE BELIEVERS CANNOT LOSE GOD‟S SALVATION. John 5:24 states: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." The eternal God is they refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27There is nothing wrong with the term “Once Saved, Always Saved,” but I prefer the statement, “IfSaved, Always Saved” better. If a person is genuinely saved, then there is no possible way thatperson could ever be unsaved. Christianity is not a philosophy that can be renounced. It is not anorganization that can be resigned. It is not a business that can be dissolved. Christianity is a newbirth, a supernatural act of God Almighty in response to ones faith in Jesus as the Christ. Once asinner has been born-again into the family of God, all the hordes of Hell cannot change that. GodNEVER disowns His children.1. JOHN 10:28-29--Referring to those who believe in Him, Jesus said, "...they shall never perish,neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, who gave them to Me, is greater than all,and no man is able to pluck them out of My Fathers hand." If you ever have doubts about yoursalvation, then you will also have doubts about the power of Christ.2. 2 TIMOTHY 4:18--"And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me untoHis heavenly kingdom...." Now thats some preservation! The promise of God is that He will keep us.3. 2 TIMOTHY 1:12--"...for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keepthat which I have committed unto Him against that day."BACKSLIDING IS NOT A NEW TESTAMENT MESSAGE:Bob WilifordFor many years I have studied what seems to be an obvious abuse of terminology within the EvangelicalCommunity. Backsliding is often used to describe the sin of Christians who have had an „experience„with the Lord have returned to their old sinful ways. I was guilty of preaching from this platform untilobserving those who were rededicating their lives to once again follow God. However, what I hear fromrepentant sinners is, “I had an experience with God and……” This often repeated statement enabled meto take a journey into God‟s Word that has demonstrated an error that has almost become a doctrine formany. And what I discovered is quite revealing.I will address this in another blog, but repeating the so-called „ sinner‟s prayer‟ somehow allowseternal salvation to be claimed but without an understanding what Jesus meant when he said toHis disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross andfollow Me.” Matthew 16:24.There are at least two problems with utilizing „backsliding‟ as a reference to Believers in JesusChrist: 7 Page 1. Backsliding as seen in the OT speaks of national sins of Israel against Yaweh
  8. 8. 2. Backsliding ascribed to Christians is not found in the New Testament.KJV uses the word „backsliding‟ on 15 occasions in the Old Testament. Jeremiah utilizes the term 12times and Hosea applies the term on 3 occasions. I will cite but 2 verses from Jeremiah and Hosea usingthe KJV and NASB. Jeremiah 2:19. “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” KJV “Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.” NASB Hosea 11:7. “And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. KJV “So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.” NASB The Bible is not kind when speaking about those who backslide and demonstrates that repentancemust be serious response of faith from the guilty before God will forgive. The prophet Ezekiel recordsthe heart of God as He responds to sinful Israel. Take note of the gravity of God‟s declarations, “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father‟s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son‟s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. “But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die. All his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced, he will live. Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord GOD, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die. Yet you say, „The way of the Lord is not right.‟ Hear now, O house of Israel! Is My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right? When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and dies because of it, for his iniquity which he has committed he will die. Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life.” Ezekiel 18:19-27.“These scriptures demonstrate two important concepts. 1. A wicked man will not be forgiven unless he turns away from all of his sins and does what is right instead. It is not good enough to just be “working on some things,” like it is commonly believed. The man must stop sinning and do what is right if he wants to be forgiven. 2. If a righteous man starts to live sinfully again, he will not be forgiven. “None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered.“ When this happens, it is called “being unfaithful” to God.Jesus spoke a lot about faithfulness. There are a number of scriptures that show that only those who 8are found faithful will inherit the kingdom of God (Mat. 25:21-23, Rev. 14:12, and Rev. 17:14. ) Page
  9. 9. Does the term “backsliding” apply to the New Testament? Can we use this word to describe aChristian? The truth is that there is a very similar term used in the New Testament to describethose who have turned away from the Lord. It is called “falling away.” Jesus talks about this in the“Parable of the Sower” (Mat. 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:1-15). There are many other places in theNew Testament that also mention this concept, but there are two passages that are very important: Heb.6:4-6, and Heb. 10:26-31. ““Is a Backsliding Christian Still Saved?” Question: "Is a backsliding Christian still saved?" Answer: This is a question that has been debated endlessly over the years. The word “backslider” or “backsliding” does not appear in the New Testament and is used in the Old Testament primarily of Israel. The Jews, though they were God’s chosen people, continually turned their backs on Him and rebelled against His Word (Jeremiah 8:9). That is why they were forced to make sacrifices for sin over and over in order to restore their relationship with the God they had offended. The Christian, however, has availed himself of the perfect, once-and-for-all sacrifice of Christ and needs no further sacrifice for his sin. God himself has obtained our salvation for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) and because we are saved by Him, a true Christian cannot fall away so as not to return.] Christians do sin (1 John 1:8), but the Christian life is not to be identified by a life of sin. Believers are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have the Holy Spirit in us producing good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). A Christian life should be a changed life. Christians are forgiven no matter how many times they sin, but at the same time Christians should live a progressively more holy life as they grow closer to Christ. We should have serious doubts about a person who claims to be a believer yet lives a life that says otherwise. Yes, a true Christian who falls back into sin is still saved, but at the same time a person who lives a life controlled by sin is not truly a Christian. What about a person who denies Christ? The Bible tells us that if a person denies Christ, he never truly knew Christ to begin with. 1 John 2:19 declares, “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” A person who rejects Christ and turns his back on faith is demonstrating that he never belonged to Christ. Those who belong to Christ remain with Christ. Those who renounce their faith never had it to begin with. 2 Timothy 2:11-13, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” I will kindly disagree with the statement that I copied from this website, “there is a very similar term used in the New Testament to describe those who have turned away from the Lord. It is called “falling away.” The author of the statement is making reference to the use of “Backslide” as seen in the OT and compares another reference in the NT. However this can be misleading if comparisons are utilized in the wrong way to make a point in Scripture. What should trouble the student of God‟s Word is to imply intent when none is suggested. God‟s Word never implies anything…..God‟s Word simply says what is meant. The question may then be asked, “What do we call „backsliding‟? My answer would be, “Why not call it living in sin and be done with it?” 9 Page
  10. 10. Understanding that many will disagree with me because of their „personal experience‟ of being savedand slipping once again into a life of sin does not alter the facts of Holy Writ. What we must understandis that our experiences must not be allowed to interpret God‟s Word, but rather that God‟s Wordmust be allowed to interpret our experiences.Hebrews 6:4-6 is one of the best examples that we can use to defuse the teaching of backsliding as beinga viable option for those who claim to be saved and return to their former way of living. Let us take aclose look. “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.”There are 6 important phrases that we must observe: 1. have once been enlightened 2. have tasted of the heavenly gift 3. have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit 4. have tasted the good word of God 5. and then have fallen away 6. it is impossible to renew them again to repentanceTwo problems are presented here. 1. Backsliding and rededication are not addressed. 2. Teaching the possibility of losing salvation and being born again a second time are teaching falsely.Fact: It is impossible to backslide and return and the same holds true for those who fall away.The writer of Hebrews plainly states that if someone “falls away,” it is impossible for that person to bebrought back to repentance. There is another part of the New Testament that mentions a sin someonecan commit that will never be forgiven. This sin is known as “blaspheming the Holy Spirit” (Mark3:29, Luke 12:10). It appears that both of these are one and the same, because they are bothdescribed in the same way—that anyone who does this will never be forgiven. Jesus makes astatement in the Bible that sounds very similar to Heb. 6:4-6. In Mat. 5:13 (also in Mark 9:50 and Luke14:34-35), He says to His disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, howcan it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled bymen.“ Jesus tells the disciples that they cannot be made salty again if they lose their saltiness. Thissounds like it is referring to “falling away.”“Is a Backsliding Christian Still Saved?” Christian.htmlAgain, I would disagree with the author‟s statements because there seems to be some doubt about whatthe NT may or may not be teaching. “This sounds like it is referring to „falling away.‟”Further, I would look to Hebrews 10:26-31 to defuse the teaching that backsliding is not an 10faithful application of God‟s Word, Page
  11. 11. “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, „Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.‟ And again, „The Lord will judge His people.‟ It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” NASB Some hold that a Christian who has lost salvation can be saved, lost and be saved again. Or on the partof the backslider there is the avenue of rededication. Neither option is taught in the NT. Where isrededication mentioned or loss of salvation addressed? These are not available options in the NewTestament and are non-negotiable.Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:25-30. NASBJohn writes from the Isle of Patmos, “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” 1 John 2:18-24. NASB “I left the church and was saved in but I did not deny that Jesus is the Christ.” God‟s Word respondslike this, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, theywould have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not ofus.”A person who turns his back on a professed faith demonstrates that he never had a relationshipwith the Christ.“Those who are of Christ remain in Him and those who walk away never knew Him. Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” 2 Timothy 2:11-13. NASB 11Either a person is saved or lost…there is no middle ground for the sake of convenience Page
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