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...or against it?




What Jude Has to Say About Eternal Security

In the previous post I tagged Jude 1 and 25 as "everything you need to know" about the doctrine of 'Once Saved | Always Saved' (OSAS). I thought I'd take a little time to explain myself.

Anyone who reads Jude 1 and Jude 25 should be able to see where I'm coming from, but for clarity's sake I'll elaborate.

Jude 1-- "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called..."

An interesting aspect of Greek: The language puts it's greatest emphasis on what comes last, i.e., "called". Many modern translations put "called" before the rest, and in this they do the original intent justice. Example of what I'm talking about: From the Literal Translation:

Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the ones called in God the Father, having been set apart, and having been kept to Jesus Christ"
So why is being "called" so important? Unless you are called by God you cannot be saved. Jesus said it best...

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Just prior to this statement in John 6:44 Jesus also says this:

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." [John 6:37-39]
Everyone whom the Father calls WILL come. And Jesus will lose none of those who come. But God is not willing that any perish, right? This sounds a lot like Calvinism, don't it? Only some are called to be saved, and the rest are born to eternal punishment in hell?

No. Not quite right. It is true that many who ARE born are destined to eternal punishment. Not because God has decreed it, but because they will not accept the Lord Jesus Christ and be freed from the penalty of their sin. Literally ANYONE can be saved. Anyone.

We have to take into account God's foreknowledge. He knew, before ever he made man, who would and who would not accept His great gift. But Jesus, being fully God Himself, said, "...him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

God has called all men to repentance, but not every man will be turned from their wickedness. But God still has to send out the Gospel to those who will hear His call and come to Jesus. When Peter stood up on the day of Pentecost 3,000 souls were added to the Church. Are we to assume that the crowd he preached to numbered ONLY 3,000? Of course not. Many heard and refused the call.

Anyone genuinely seeking God will find Him. When the Ethiopian eunuch [Acts 8] was desiring to understand the scroll he was reading [Isaiah 53], God sent Philip to teach him the meaning of what he read. Anyone genuinely seeking God, God will send that one a preacher, a television broadcast, a radio broadcast, a testimony, and gospel tract... God will put the good news of Christ's sacrifice into the heart and hands of the seeker. The rest is upon them. Will they accept? Will they not?

Jude 1 says all who are saved have been "called." But called to what? To be sanctified by God the Father, and PRESERVED in Jesus Christ.

Go now to Jude 25, the Doxology,

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling...."
Who is able to keep you from falling? God.... Jesus.

...and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory..."
You cannot fall because God intends to present you FAULTLESS before the presence of His glory. You are being changed day to day, slowly but surely into the image of Christ. That is the believer's destiny.

...with exceeding joy."


If you have ever been saved by God's grace, you will never see hell no matter how horribly-- in human terms --or how often you stumble. Because God is able to KEEP you from falling. No man, least of all yourself, can pluck you out of the Father's hand.

This security is not a license to sin, however. Chastisement, punishment, even death, will follow the genuine believer who is out of the will of God-- better to bring such a one home, than to allow him to completely destroy his testimony, and besmirch the name of Christ.

You are secure in your salvation if you are genuinely saved. But without that tugging at your heart by the Holy Spirit you cannot be saved.

I imagine that last statement will create some controversy, but there it is. The truth. And the truth is seldom pleasant. Especially this truth:

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Acts 4:10-12


And on the last day when the unrighteous dead are raised to stand before the Great White throne of God, and upon hearing their fate point to someone they remember from their time on earth standing in the congregation of the righteous.... "But Eric did all the things I did, and more! Why is he over there? Why isn't he where I now am!?"

I can hear almost hear that voice from the throne of of God....

Be it known unto you all that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you righteous."



posted by Eric @ 2:26 PM,

5 Comments:

On August 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

There is scripture that points to God seeking out those WHO WILL accept Christ.

Jesus said,

" And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." --john 10:16

In the book of Acts,

"Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city." --Acts 18:9-10

 
On August 27, 2008 at 9:57 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

And the entirety of John 17, but verses 20-24 specifically...

"Neither pray I for these [his remaining disciples] alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

Did Jesus EVER pray out of the will of the Father? Has Jesus ever uttered a prayer that was not granted by God the Father? If not, is there any reason to believe that God will not keep you from falling? Did His son not ask Him to do as much?

In John 16:33 our Lord offers some assurance...

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

If you are saved, be of good cheer. Whatever the world may do to you, you are secure. He has overcome the world.

 
On August 27, 2008 at 11:34 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

Beautiful, Eric. Thank you.

 
On August 28, 2008 at 10:04 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Nice. I guess. I've never understood the kind of doubt this presupposes, though.

 
On August 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM, Blogger ELAshley said...

There are a lot of people, and quite a few denominations that exist both in fear, and to teach fear. Such folk, whether they realize it or care to admit it are living and teaching a salvation by works: 'I have to do such and such to keep myself saved' or '...I'll lose my salvation.' This is a lie from the enemy who desires to take every ounce of joy from the believer's life, and cripple their individual ministries.

That you've never understood this shows that YOU, at least, have never been plagued with this kind of fear. But many Christian's are. Many Christians are living defeated lives because of their lack of knowledge. What is it Hosea says...?

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." [4:6]

Which is why God chose to tell us, through Paul, that we are to...

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." [2 Timothy 2:15]

...not only to do well in our individual ministries, but know truth from error.

 

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