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Once Saved,
Always Saved

Up-Dated - Friday, April 04, 2014

Eternal Life

Table of Contents
* Is this possible?
* But what if I sin?
* What is Fellowship?

"Is this possible?"

We do not use this wording
"Once saved, always saved" is not the wording of the Bible.  We say it a little different, using Bible terminology.

" the gift of God is eternal life "
" everlasting life "

Simply, it is life through out eternity.  Once a person receives eternal life, by its name or very nature, that person shall always have life, because it is eternal.

If a person received eternal life and that very day or 50 years later, did something very sinful, that person would still have eternal life. He or she would certainly feel like they did not have it any more, nor even deserve it, because of their backslidden condition.  Never the less, if it was eternal life to start with, it is still eternal and shall be eternal through out eternity.

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"But what if I sin?"

You shall sin.
It is not a question of if, or even when. If you are living and breathing and conscious, you are diligently at work sinning as fast as you can. The best of us and the worst are up to our neck in faithlessness. There is barely a hair's breadth of difference between the murderer and the philanthropist.

The question is not about sin, it is about forgiveness.
If you have been saved, you were saved from what? Sin! of course. And if truly saved from sin, then what difference does it make to your salvation, if you have sinned since then? You sin has been forgiven. And if forgiven, you are experiencing eternal life.

Contrarily
It does make a difference in your fellowship with God as to whether or not you sin.  Once a person is saved, heaven is assured, but fellowship with God is in constant jeopardy.  The means to a return to fellowship is in confession and repentance of sin. But this is not the path to return to eternal life. If you ever receive eternal life, you will eternally have it, regardless of fellowship.

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"What is Fellowship?"

Fellowship is your walk with God.
If you are walking with Him, you are in fellowship and He is very active in your life. 

1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

1 John 1:6 "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"

1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

If you are living in sin and never turning from it, then God is remote and only works in your life to the point of bringing you back to fellowship.

Ps 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me"

The Heavenly Father is like any other father.
When you are actively rebellious, he will not talk to you or listen to your pleas.  He is only listening for and working towards your repentance and a return to a walk with Him.

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G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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