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Question: 1. If you lose your salvation, how do you get saved again?
2. If you call upon the Lord Jesus again, how do you explain Hebrews 6?
3. Why is it when Jesus spoke of salvation He spoke of eternal security and He spoke of it in past tense as all ready being done. If I'm saved indeed, for eternity, when I call upon the Lord, and I lose it then it wasn't eternity, wouldn't this make the Bible a lie?

Answer: It would be impossible to deliver a comprehensive essay on the subject of the security of a believers's salvation within this forum, so I will keep the answers to the following questions brief. For further study, the serious student of the Word might consult such reference works as The Believer's Conditional Security by Daniel D. Corner. It is a thorough study on perseverance and falling away. This 761 page book can be obtained by contacting Evangelical Outreach, P.O. Box 265, Washington, PA 15301-0265.

  1. 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

    3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

    4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2: 1-4)

  2. In order that we might correctly interpret Scripture, it is imperative that we take into consideration every Scriptural passage which may shed light on this subject. We see clearly the possibility that one can indeed fall away (Hebrews chapter 6). However, before we make a rash judgment concerning one being unable to return to Christ, we must consider others who were guilty of deliberate and willful sin and yet returned and were joyfully received. Most specifically, the Prodigal Son and Peter come to mind. Please examine Luke 15:24, 32; James 5:19,20; Romans 11:19-23.

  3. God can indeed guarantee salvation for eternity. The price paid on the cross was sufficient enough to ensure that. The fact that some choose to turn back on God and follow Him no longer does in no way void the eternal security of those who continue to trust Him. In answer to this question... No. The losing of one's salvation does not make the Bible a lie. It further solidifies the truth of God's Word. Jesus spoke of salvation as being secure because His salvation is eternally secure for those who stay eternally secure in Him. There is a word throughout Scripture that is used copious times in conjunction with salvation. The word? "IF" A serious Bible reader will soon be convinced that there are conditions to being eternally secure. Consider any of the following Scriptures: Mt. 6:14,15; Mt. 18:35; Mk. 9:43-47; Lk. 13:9; Lk. 14:34,3; Jn. 15:6; Rom. 8:13; 1 Cor. 15:2; Heb. 3:14; 1 Jn. 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:3, 15, and there are many more.

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