XIX Salvation's Security

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After examining the promised-and-coming apostasy from the faith of believers in the End Times, you may be wondering. "Are these apostate-type people losing their salvation" and, even more pointedly, "Can I lose my salvation?" Let's examine this before we move into Revelation and really get stressed out by challenges!

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  • XIX Salvation's Security

    1. 1. XXI: SALVATION Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?
    2. 2. You might turn in your Bible to Matthew 13 and re-read The Parable of the Sower. I make reference to this parable without reproducing the text.
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    5. 5. BASELINE: MATTHEW 13 PARABLE OF THE SOWER Roadside seed devoured immediately Rocky ground seed sprung up and then died. Thorny ground seed grew up but got choked out. Good soil seed thrived and produced much fruit. Much seed LOOKS like its growing until trouble starts–then some seed’s HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT reveals itself and ends the process of growth.
    6. 6. BASELINE: EPHESIANS 1:3+4 CHOSEN BY GOD FOR SALVATION Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us . . . . just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ . . .
    7. 7. BASELINE: EPHESIANS 1:3+4 CHOSEN BY GOD FOR SALVATION Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us . . . . just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ . . . Suggestion for consideration: God predestined–elected/chose– those whose salvation He subsequently secures for all eternity. The fourth class of seeds in Matthew 13 cannot fail because it was destined for “good” soil: people chosen ‘in Him before the foundation of the world . . .’
    8. 8. SUPPORT FOR SOME MEASURE OF PREDESTINATION: MARK 13:22–THE MEANING OF “IF” . . . for false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show signs and wonders, in order, IF POSSIBLE, to lead the elect astray. e phrase rce of th n and fo plicatio im erstand The s to und leads u SSIBLE” ressed, O “IF P e hard-p ect, whil God’s el that the t stray!! canno
    9. 9. MORE SUPPORT: PHILIPPIANS 1:6 GOD DOES NOT FAIL!!! For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. FOR T HE EL ECT, w their g ith hol ood so y se e d il, God growin FINISH g in ES WH START AT HE S!!!
    10. 10. SUGGESTIONS FOR CLASS’S DISCUSSION: Those seeming ‘believers’ whose stoney, carnal spirits give the gospel no root soon lose interest in what semblance of salvation they’ve embraced. Those seeming ‘believers‘ who nurture weeds of strong worldly attachment: they see those weeds choke out what semblance of salvation they’ve experienced. Those believers predestined for salvation, the elect, cannot lose their salvation for it thrives in ‘soil’ made good by God and kept pure by the believer.
    11. 11. THE REAL QUESTION ABOUT ONE’S SALVATION MIGHT RUN ALONG THESE LINES: AM I GOOD SOIL FOR A SECURE SALVATION? d ho An ow? I kn can w
    12. 12. w do I kno And how l’? g ood soi if I’m ‘ BEWARE OF TWO EXTREMES : Two Easy Answers To Avoid At All Costs
    13. 13. AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME 1: THE “SILVER BULLET” CURE FOR UNCERTAINTY Speak in tongues Worship on Saturday s ave d i f u’re o n l y Yo l e a de r e n to t he yo u l i s t 1) f yo u. . . ND 2) i A Keep ALL the ten commandments Use the King James Bible exclusively Get baptized by the right way and Memorize scripture
    14. 14. AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME 1: THE “SILVER BULLET” CURE FOR UNCERTAINTY Speak in tongues . . . or meet some other set Worship on Saturday s ave d i f u’re o n l y Yo l e a de r e n to t he yo u l i s t 1) f yo u. . . ND 2) i A of behavioral indicators Keep ALL the ten that satisfy some selfcommandments anointed spiritual leader’s Use the King for sizing James chosen metrics Bible exclusively you up, spinning you Get baptized by you around and keeping immersion under control. Memorize scripture
    15. 15. AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME 2: THE “WHAT-ME-WORRY” CURE FOR UNCERTAINTY wo r r y ’mo n, C a si n! is i s te n : L Jesus loves you-just the way you are! Jesus forgives! Just ask! Obey what commandments? All we need to do is love one another! You’re no worse than Smith, over there, and he’s an elder! You come to church regularly, don’t you?
    16. 16. AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME 2: THE “WHAT-ME-WORRY” CURE FOR UNCERTAINTY wo r r y ’mo n, C a si n! is i s te n : L Jesus loves you-just the way you are! like this Folks who talk Jesus you feel comfortable make forgives! Just ask! Obey what commandin church and, ments? All we need to do is unfortunately, all too often love one another! leave you comfortable in You’re no worse than your sin-ridden old and he’s Smith, over there,nature. Nobody an elder! grows here, You come to church everybody plays church. regularly, don’t you?
    17. 17. So, it’s beginning to look like I’m leaving you with uncertainties about your spiritual ‘soil’s’ predestined quality. Your uncertainty => stress=> doubt=> weak testimony => guilt and, well, I hope I get to do more than THAT! .
    18. 18. A FEW OBSERVATIONS Dealing With Doubt
    19. 19. during eps in ubt cre Do you’re s, when ry time t he d rable! st vulne mo “Maybe life feels this way ‘cause I’m not really saved!”
    20. 20. Suggestion: If you’re worried about losing your salvation, you may assume that a) you must have it to lose it and b) that you value your salvation deeply. ly care of ple rare trength e d p e o n t he s Unsav uestio h to q ey don’t have! enoug hat th w “Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at my salvation!”
    21. 21. f l armor o l e up the fu , take sist in th re re “Therefo e able to b , you may at erything ev God , t h ing done our loins and hav dy evil day, t ing girde . . . hav he breas m nt stand fir ing put o av od th and h aving sh tru dh in the sness an e ou ion of th of righte at plate e prepar it h t h ll, taking w oa y ou r f e e t ddition t a u peace, in which yo e l of ith g osp f faith w e do h ALL th the shiel is up o extingu et ” evil one! ay be abl m he s il e s o f t is aming m fl s 5:13-16 Ephesian First off: Armor-up e n and th io of salvat et f the helm e Word o e th “And tak which is at t, the Spiri on, pray titi sword of r and pe ye h all pra .” God, wit Spirit . . e mes in th all ti -18 ians 5:17 Ephes
    22. 22. A few words from Charles Spurgeon . . . “It’s the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus. Satan’s work is just the opposite of this. He is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ . . . Remember, therefore, it is not your hold on Christ that saves you–it is Christ’s hold on you . . .” Morning by Morning June 28 devotional
    23. 23. So, go ahead and do check yourself for unconfessed sin, deal with any you find and then, believer, look to Jesus. (Heb 12:2)
    24. 24. And remember, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 rippling g and c ty; you disablin ly varie sistent, f the god Per to th God’s ear is nouse such fear wi for the f ay ref ment and ask elfm ourage love and the s laces enc er, the which God rep pow e with nding fear. disciplinatan’s bli S
    25. 25. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know you have eternal life. 5:13 I John provides the shaken believer with guidance, assurance and comfort in this very area . God WANTS you to know you have eternal life!
    26. 26. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know you have eternal life. 5:13 I John provides the shaken believer with guidance, assurance and comfort in this very area . God WANTS you to know you have eternal life!
    27. 27. Study the many verses in I John that start with this phrase . . . “By this” OR “By this we know . . .”
    28. 28. God yeah,us to Oh, calls one more thing: with one fellowship discuss all these things withthat another and in other bond is safety! Christians!
    29. 29. NEXT: XXII INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION: In which I explain the purpose of ‘backward engineering’ the Book of Revelation

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