Today, most people who profess to believe and teach a biblically based worship system, believe that all a person has to do in order to have eternal life and enter the Kingdom of God, is to believe that Jesus Christ is their personal savior, make a profession of faith, and the deed is done. That person is now assured of salvation without any further effort on their part.
But is this true? Is this all that is required in order to acquire eternal life and enter the Sovereign God’s Heavenly Kingdom? Or is there something else that is required?
It might surprise you to know that the popular teaching commonly known as Once Saved Always Saved, has no biblical basis and cannot be found anywhere in the Bible.
Few people who profess to believe the things written in the Bible realize that there is much more that is required, than a mere profession of faith to be assured of being granted immortality in the Family and Kingdom of God.
If you are a person who professes to believe in what is written in the Bible and are serious about entering the Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being, you might want to pay careful attention to the information contained in this broadcast. Because, you will not find very many people who know or understand what I am about to tell you concerning what is actually required in order to enter the Kingdom of God and avoid the second death from which there is no return.
The purpose for human existence has been a mystery to most of humanity for many centuries, but now in this age, the mystery of God’s purpose and plan for the creation of this dimension of existence is beginning to be revealed in a major way.
God the Father and Jesus Christ’s purpose for humanity is so awesome and exciting that it is almost beyond belief. God the Father, the One who sent his Son Jesus Christ to earth over nineteen hundred years ago, is in the process of creating children out of human beings; Yes, that’s right! God the Father is expanding his family:
God the Father has embarked upon the greatest and grandest of all his creations; he is creating beings just like himself, and his intent is to share with them all he has created or will create throughout all eternity: (Phil.3:21; 1.Jn.3:2)
During this gospel age of many people are being offered a tremendous opportunity to be among the first of mankind to become immortal spirit-beings in the Sovereign Father’s Family and Kingdom. But few truly understand the process of salvation, as detailed in the Bible. And;
Let us assume that a person has fulfilled all of the requirements according to the biblical instructions, in order establish a harmonious relationship with the Sovereign God. And;
That person truly believes that Christ is the son of the Sovereign God who sacrificed his life to pay the penalty for their personal violations of God’s law. And;
That person has truly repented of their violations of God’s laws. And;
That person has been properly baptized by immersion and has hands laid on them for the receiving of the holy spirit.
The question is, Is this all that is required in order to acquire eternal life? Can a person now go about their life without making major changes in their attitude, behavior, and character and be assured that they have fulfilled all of the requirements necessary in order to enter the Sovereign God’s Heavenly Kingdom as an immortal spirit-being? Most people would say yes, that this is all that is necessary for a person to do.
The writer to the Hebrews said:
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy spirit, 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 to repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb.6:4-6 KJV).
There is no mistaking what is said here. Once a person receives the indwelling of the holy spirit and then refuses to live a righteous life, that person will loose their salvation, because there is no way for them to again reestablish a relationship with the Sovereign God.
The writer to the Hebrews also said:
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Heb.10:26-27 KJV). See also Lk.9:62.
If the teaching of Once Saved Always Saved is true, and that once a person receives the indwelling of the holy spirit, that person is assured of eternal life; why would the writer to the Hebrews say that it is possible to loose one’s salvation?
It is true in the final analysis that, once a person is truly saved and has passed from this physical life in to the family and Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being, that they have obtained salvation once and for all. However, before a person is transformed into an immortal spirit-being and lives and breaths as a physical being. That person must maintain a harmonious relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ through living a righteous lifestyle.
In the Book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, there is some vital information concerning life and death matters directed to seven groups of people described as the seven churches.
These prophecies show that six out of seven of the Sovereign Father’s earthly children who live during the end times will receive severe correction at the hand of Christ and be persecution by God’s enemies, because their attitudes, behaviors, and works that are unacceptable to God and in need of change that will bring them in conformity to God’s ways.
The warnings to the seven ancient churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation are unmistakably meant for the true followers of the Sovereign God today and should be viewed as an extremely serious matter, because how you view these warnings will determine your eternal destiny.
Jesus Says to the church of Ephesus:
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place except you repent” (Rev.2:4-5 Para.).
Although the Ephesians do not tolerate wickedness, are solidly against evil, and hate idolatry and immorality, they have lost their first love, which is the love of the Father, his Son, his truth, and their fellow man. They become rigid to the point of self-righteousness and impose their own standards over God’s standards of righteous.
An Ephesian seems to forget that a major part of their calling and mission is to grow in grace, knowledge, and love for the things of God. They have lost their intense love and zeal for God and have fallen into apathy at the final call to battle.
Jesus warns them to rekindle their love and zeal for God and his ways or he will remove their candlestick. This is an extremely serious warning. Because the candlestick symbolizes the entire Ephesian group, Jesus is saying that he will remove them from among his followers.
And because the candlestick also represents spiritual truth, he will also remove the truth of God from their hearts and minds; therefore, he will take away their eternal reward and position in the Family and Kingdom of God.
Today, Jesus Christ is saying to people with the Ephesian attitude and behavior that, “If you do not repent and have a change of attitude toward your calling and return back to your first love, I will remove the spiritual light from your life. Without spiritual light a person dies spiritually and will suffer the second death in the Lake of Fire.
Although the Ephesians do many positive things (Rev.2:6), they do not maintain their first love. As far as Jesus is concerned, they are not fit for his Family and Kingdom. Ephesians who let their love die as a result of becoming rigid in their belief system and their own way of doing things must repent or they will die spiritually and eternally:
The warnings by the writer to the Hebrews and the warnings by Jesus Christ are clear evidence that a person must pay careful attention to their attitude and behavior and live righteously, or they will not enter the Kingdom of God.
Now let us find out what kind of a life that the Bible say a person must live after they repent, are baptized, and have received the indwelling of the holy spirit.
Two Paths of Life
Most people who profess to believe in the Bible, believe that it really doesn’t matter what particular Christian philosophy a person adheres to, or what particular life style a person follows after they are baptized. As long as one continues to believe that Christ is their savior. However, this belief is in opposition to the clear instructions in the Bible.
Jesus said that there are two distinct paths that a person can follow during one’s life, but there is only one path that will lead to eternal and immortal life.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction, and many will enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the path that leads to life, and only a few will find it. (Matt.7:13-14) Para.)
Jesus also said: “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
How important is to know what the Sovereign God expects a person to do after that person has received the indwelling of the holy spirit? It is very important, because there is only one path that leads to eternal life, that is, there is only one lifestyle that one must practice in order to be found worthy of eternal life. Those who practice a righteous lifestyle are doing the will of God the Father. However, in order to do the Father’s will, a person must first know what the Father’s will is for them. Moreover, a person cannot know what the Farther’s will is, unless a person searches the scriptures where his will for his children is written.
As Jesus revealed God’s truth and the way to eternal and immortal life, he continually showed that if a person was to enter the Kingdom of God, that, that person must come into conformity with God’s law and way of life.
While speaking of the day of judgement, when ever person must give an account of themselves to God for their life on earth. Jesus said, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophecy in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.
Jesus also said, that in the end of the age he would send his angels to remove all offensive things and those who violate God’s law out of his kingdom. And that these will be cast into a furnace of fire, after which the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matt 13:41-43
Today, many who profess to teach biblical concepts and principles teach that there is no need to comply with God’s law. But, if there is no need to comply with God’s law, why did Jesus foretell that those who are lawless will be denied access to the Kingdom of God?
Jesus seems to be saying that if a person does not practice obedience to God’s law, precepts, and principles, that, that person will not enter into the Kingdom of God. In fact, this is exactly what he said on many occasions. According to the Bible, people who violate God’s law are lawless.
Logically, one can not be a worker of lawlessness if God’s law has been canceled. So why would Jesus reprimand people for being lawless? The answer is that, God’s law does exist and has not been canceled. Because the law does exist, a person who breaks it, is a worker of lawlessness. And those who violate God’s law, will find themselves being thrown into the Lake of Fire in the day of their judgement.
Therefore, in order to keep from breaking God’s law, a person must practice obedience to this law, which means that there is something that a person must know and do after baptism in order to enter into the Kingdom of God.
Because this is true, let us find some other things that the Bible says that a person must know and do in order to secure their salvation.
Chosen to Be Holy
Before the foundation of the earth, the Sovereign God determined that certain individuals would exist and be called to salvation at a particular time in his plan. And these people would become holy in attitude, behavior and character. The apostle said the Church at Ephesus:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Eph.1:3-5 KJV).
The Sovereign Father’s earthly children must be holy, just as the Israelites were to be a holy people. What must a person do in order to maintain a condition of holiness, as God is holy? Simple, a person must practice godly attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics and separate themselves from the common and profane things of this world.
But, how can a person practice godly attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics if they do not know what constitutes these godly qualities and how can a person maintain their holiness unless they know what it means to be holy? Obviously a person cannot.
Therefore, in order to understand how to do what is meant by God’s instruction, “You shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy, one must study God’s law. Because, it is the law that shows the differences between a holy and an unholy state of existence and between holy and unholy attitudes, behaviors, and character. It is the law that sets the rules and standards for what is holy and unholy. Therefore, one must look to the law in order to know what is holy, how to become holy, and how to practice a holy lifestyle.
Clearly, God does not have to alter his attitude, behavior, or character to become holy, because he is intrinsically holy; God is holy because he is perfection in every aspect of his being. God’s character is perfect, his knowledge and understanding is perfect, and his love is perfect. There is nothing imperfect about God. He is the standard of perfection for everything that exists and it is to this holy standard that everything that exists is measured against.
Accordingly, those he calls to salvation during this age are to conform their attitude, behavior, character, and lifestyle to God’s holy standard that is defined and explained in the law that he gave them to live by.
In this dimension of time and space, there are laws that function automatically to regulate and maintain our physical existence. The violation of these physical laws result in death, disaster, and destruction. In exactly the same way, all of God’s laws function automatically to regulate and maintain his spiritual realm of existence. These laws that determine who and what is holy or unholy and whether or not one’s behavior is holy or unholy are empirical and function automatically. In order for one who has been made holy, to maintain their holy condition of existence, these laws must be understood and practiced.
God’s law teaches how to recognize the difference between the holy and the unholy. And obedience to God’s law teaches how to become established as a holy person through the practice of righteous concepts and principles and how to maintain a holy existence as one of God the Father’s earthly children.
This is why the apostle Paul instructed Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2.Tim.2:15 KJV).
Although the ancient Israelites understood the physical basis for keeping the law, few comprehend the spiritual intent and meaning of God’s law because they failed to study it and meditate on it.
In order to live a holy life and imitate god-like attitudes and behaviors, a person must know and understand God’s law.
It is impossible to imitate god-like behavior unless a person knows what it is and how to practice it. This is one of the reasons why the scriptures say to study the law and meditate on God’s law. It is through the study of the law and meditation on it that one comes to understand God and why he is holy, righteous, and superior to all that he has caused to come into existence. Notice what King David said about the law and its importance in one’s life:
David said, “O how love I your law! it is my meditation all the day. You through your commandments have made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts” (Psa.119:97-100 KJV).
The simple fact, is that, many people would like to know what the Bible actually says, but most people are to lazy to study the Bible for themselves and would rather have someone else tell them what they should believe the Bible says. Therefore, most people, including most people who teach the Bible do not understand the importance of God’s law to their salvation.
Moreover, if a person does not maintain a state of holiness after being made holy through the power of the God the Father’s holy spirit, that person will not enter the Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being at Christ’s return, but will instead be punished with the second death from which there is no return.
The Bible says that only the over-comers will be saved.
God the Father and Jesus Christ have committed themselves and their tremendous resources to help those called to salvation during this age to successfully obtain the goal of salvation. However, according to the Bible, each person must put forth a sincere effort to use these resources and follow the biblical instructions that show a person how to succeed.
While reviewing future events that must come to pass in the end of this age to the apostle John, Jesus said concerning those who successfully overcome the many things that are contrary to a righteous life:
“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev 2:7 KJV
Jesus also said:
“To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev 3:21-22 KJV
Clearly, there is something else a person must do in order to secure salvation and enter the Family and Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being after they have received the indwelling of the holy spirit. This something that a person must do, is overcome the many trials and obstacles that can cause a person to fail to live a righteous life and to develop and maintain righteous character, while growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Apostle said, “Do not be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom 12:21 KJV
There are many aspects to the process of overcoming, such as overcoming the pulls of the flesh and the world, wrong attitudes, and behaviors. During this overcoming process, there is a major danger of which one must be continually aware, in order to remain consistent in one’s effort to be victorious over evil. This danger has to do with falling prey to religious deception, and as a result, being led away from the truth of God and his ways.
Many people believe that all one has to do to obtain salvation is to have an intellectual belief in Christ, ask for repentance, and receive the holy spirit. This may sound good on the surface; however, it is not the kind of belief required for salvation. If a person does no more than these things and does not follow through with the instructions given in the word of God for the manifestation of true belief in their life, that person does not truly believe. True belief is more than an intellectual exercise, true belief requires both faith and works.
The apostle James said the following about faith and works:
“But someone may well argue, “You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say
that good works are important too, for without good works you cannot prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act”. Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the devils believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror! Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith” (Jms.2:18-20 LBP). Simply put, “Faith without works is dead.”
James concludes that a person is made righteous by what is done as well as by what is believed. It is very important to understand what James says about faith and physical works. It takes physical effort, as well as, a right attitude to fulfill the Sovereign God’s laws, precepts, and principles and to do his will in one’s life.
The apostle Paul said: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous” (Rom.2:13 KJV).
Being a doer of the law includes the performance of the law that requires a person stop violating God’s law and coming into conformity to that law.
The extremely good news, is that, today, during the gospel age of salvation, if a person truly believes the Sovereign Father’s good news message without reservation and performs the method that he has designed in order to be saved from eternal death, that person can be saved and enter into the Family and Kingdom of God as an immortal being.
There are many things that people consider truth, however, a careful reading of the Bible will show that Biblical truth is far different than what most people have been taught.
There are many sincere and dedicated people today, who have been misled by a counterfeit gospel. But only truth is truth, sincerity and dedication to not equal truth. Sincerity and dedication only shows the attitude with which people do what they do.
Jesus said, “God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” There is a vast difference between the results in believing the true gospel message and in believing a counterfeit gospel message.
King Solomon said: “There is a way which seems right to man, but the ends there of are the ways of death.”
A person only has to review a few of the many scriptures that speak of the need for God’s people to conform to his way of righteousness, or suffer the second death from which there is no return, to understand that there something very wrong with the Once Saved always Saved teaching.
What we find today, is great confusion as to what constitutes the Faith Once Delivered and the process that must be followed in order to enter the Family and Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being.
Many sincere people feel that they have heard the truth about how to obtain salvation. However, what most people have heard is a false message that has been designed to keep them from learning the truth about what the Sovereign God and his Son are working out here on earth and what must be done in order to be saved from eternal death.
A God of law
Many who claim to follow the teachings of the Bible seem to be oblivious to the fact, that God is a god of law, and that the laws he instituted to govern human behavior were given for the benefit of mankind, in order for people to live a peaceful, a prosperous, and a happy life. And that the violation of any of these laws bring the opposite result which ends in death.
A short review of the first five books of the Bible will clearly reveal that the Creator God who became the Messiah, was a God of law. The agreement with the twelve tribes of national Israel contains 613 to 759 plus statutes, judgements, and commandments, depending on who is doing the counting. Plus the special agreement that the Sovereign Father has with his earthly family of ambassadors, kings, and priests contains laws and instructions that govern their relationship with him, their relationship with bothers and sisters in his holy family, and with other people.
The question of commandment keeping has caused many heated arguments since the demise and disappearance of the early church. For centuries, theologians have taught that Christians no longer need to keep the Ten Commandments or any of the laws that the Creator God gave to ancient Israel; because, the sacrifice of Christ canceled these laws and released mankind from any obligation to practice them. But, is this true? No, it is not true according to the teachings of Christ, the apostles and the early church.
Does it really mater if you understand or practices any of the 613 plus laws contained in the Bible? Are these laws important or not?
Believe it or not according to both the Old and New Testaments these laws are extremely important and their rejection by most of professing Christianity is the reason that there is so much hatred, murder, violence, wars, lying, cheating, and sexual perversion and promiscuity in the nations that they occupy.
Few people realize that this world’s problems are a direct result of not practicing God’s law.
Many people profess to love God. But how does a person know that God loves them?
The apostle John recorded that Jesus said concerning those who truly love him and those whom his Father loves:
“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. . . .. “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me” (Jn.14:21, 23-24 NIV Para.).
A Deadly Mistake
A deadly mistake in regard to obedience and disobedience is being made by many whom God has called to salvation during this age. Some do not yet understand that spiritual knowledge from God must be acted upon positively by the recipient. God the Father and Jesus Christ are extremely serious about our salvation. They are so serious that they have placed the powers of the universe at the disposal of those who are called to salvation.
The calling of individuals to salvation is not a game to be taken lightly—it is a life or death matter. No one who is unwilling to obey God’s rules of conduct will enter his eternal habitation. For those who obey, there is salvation and eternal life; not salvation by one’s own work, but salvation through Christ. For those who do not obey, there is death and dishonor.
God will not be mocked. Those who wish to destroy the law will be destroyed by it. Those who say that the laws of God are not for modern man, should carefully study what the entire Bible says about theses laws, because it clearly shows that the God’s law is as valid today as it was when they were originally given to national Israel.
If the teaching of Once Saved Always Saved is true, then why are there so many scriptures that show how a person can loose their salvation? And why did Jesus, and the apostles continually reprimand people for their violation of God’s law and their unrighteous behavior and warn of eternal death for those who refused to come into conformity to God’s righteous way.
Clearly, the Once Saved Always Saved doctrine is a false teaching that give a false sense of security to people who believe it.
If you want to know more about what God requires of a person who is offered salvation during this gospel age and how to guarantee that you will enter the Kingdom of God as an immortal spirit-being at Christ’s return or want to know more about the other subjects that I have briefly touched on in this in this broadcast, Write to me at the at the address given in the following announcement. Until next time this is Bud Cocherell for Bible Research .org.
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