By Pastor Tommy H. Heffner Sr.

Matthew 24:13 «But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.»

Introduction: Every Church of God, Methodist, Episcopalian, Free Will Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Nazarene, etc. all believe a person can be saved and lose their salvation if they don’t in some way «endure to the end» of their life. Our text doesn’t say that though. The context of the verse is the tribulation and people who are left after the Rapture can definitely lose their salvation and go to Hell, if they don’t ENDURE to the END OF THE TRIBULATION. However, there is no way any saved person in this dispensation (Church age) can lose his/her salvation.

To lose ones salvation means that Christ lied:

1. He has forsaken us
2. Salvation offered by Christ is not eternal
3. Christ atonement for sin was temporal not eternal — it ran out
4. Salvation is dependent upon US — a bilateral covenant not unilateral
5. Christ can not perfect us
6. Sin is more powerful than Christ… He is not all powerful

NOTE: If you could lose your salvation, you would have to do the following seven things. That is, to lose your salvation, you’d have to lose, return, or reverse ALL the things included in our salvation.

I. ABORT yourself from the new birth.

John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

These verses are plainly referring to your first birth, born of water and your new birth by the Holy Spirit.

a. I don’t see any way to be unborn. You didn’t have anything to do with your first birth, so how can you be unborn. Even you mother and father can’t undo what was done. It’s the same thing with the new birth or Salvation. All you did was receive the gift of God

(Romans 6:23) by believing on the Jesus Christ of the scriptures. When you were born physically all you did was breathe.

II. UNSEAL your soul (return the Holy Spirit, or take Him to Hell).

(My comments are in parenthesis)

Ephesians 1:12-14 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance (in the 1000 year reign) until the redemption of the purchased possession, (the Rapture) unto the praise of his glory.

a. Now how are you going to unseal your soul? You didn’t seal it, God did. Someone out there says, ‘well if you do something that’s wrong, then God will unseal it.» Nope, it won’t work, the verse says that the Holy Spirit’s seal is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. We’re sealed until our body’s redeemed and once we’re redeemed we can’t sin anymore. You can take a jar of beans that has been sealed by someone that knows what they’re doing and it’ll last from now on. I believe the Holy Spirit knows exactly what He’s doing when He seals us to the day of redemption!

III. DIVORCE yourself from the family of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

a. You say now I’ve got you! I’ve heard of a boy divorcing his parents. Wrong again, I don’t care what that boy did, he is still his father and mother’s son. My son will always be my son, we might be out of fellowship with each other, he might change his name, cuss me out or move to another country, but he will still be my son. It’s the same way with your Heavenly Father, if you are saved. He will get you home, even if it’s the hard way.

I Corinthians 11:30 «For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.»

Those folks had all kinds of troubles and some even died, but God didn’t say they lost it and went to Hell!

IV. UNCIRCUMCISE your heart — REATTACH your soul and flesh.

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Colossians 2:11-12 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

a. According to the above verses, when you were saved God cut your soul loose from your body so the Holy Spirit can indwell you.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

The sins you commit are applied to your flesh and not your soul like they were before you were saved. That’s the reason you can’t lose your salvation.

What if you SIN one time

Revelations 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth,

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

a. How many sins would it take to lose salvation? ONE!

So no one can live sinless, unless it’s his body that’s sinning and the body won’t be saved until the Rapture. So the only way to stay saved is for your soul and spirit to be separate from your flesh.

V. AMPUTATE yourself from the body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

I Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

I Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

a. Now how are you going to take yourself out of the body of Christ? If you could, Jesus Christ body would be deformed, mutilated or incomplete.

When we put our faith IN Christ, we get the faith OF Christ. If ours ever fails — HIS won’t!
II Timothy 1:12 …I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 2:13 If we (Christians) believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

VI. UNGRAFT yourself from the Olive Tree.

Roman 11:11 & 17 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Roman 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

VII. SIN — How many sins would it take to lose salvation? ONE!

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth,

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

NOTE: I’m trusting in the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, if you can lose your salvation then you must be trusting in something else. It is a ridiculous impossibility for a child of God to lose their salvation. The few isolated verses used to pretend that a church age Christian can lose salvation are invariable either not talking about salvation, or not directed at Christians.

A born again child of God can not lose salvation. However, he can lose his assurance, his joy, testimony, rewards, health, inheritance and his life.

We have an absolute Scripture (King James Authorized Bible), an absolute Saviour(Jesus Christ), an absolute Salvation (by grace through faith, not of works or self), and it’s absolutely Secure!

Вторник, 22 июля, 2014 at 21:46
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