Graham wrote:I don't think the real question is, "Are we once saved and thus always saved?" but rather, "How precious do we consider our salvation and how much effort do we put into our personal relationship with each other and our Saviour?"
Lillian wrote:I don't believe salvation is an open-ended contract. The truly saved are "sealed unto the day of Redemption."(1 Corinthians 15:10). Paul's running did not nullify the purpose of grace; it verified the power of grace.
I think you both are correct. None of us can deny that scripture is packed with urgings for believers to persevere, run the race, do not look back, die to self, work it out. As well as bulging with text that makes it clear-God is sovereign. He brought Israel to the sea and He will take them across. He brought them to the desert and He will lead them through. If we are sealed, we are sealed. Period. What God starts, God finishes (Romans 8:30). We are not saved because
we persevere, run the race, do not look back, or struggle to kill the old man. We are saved because this is the way
we run.We are not running because we want to obtain salvation, we run because Christ obtains us. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own
Think about this in the way we live our everyday lives and serve God. For example, I teach the Bible. I don't teach because I am trying to earn salvation or win God's favor or calm His anger with me. I do it because I have already obtained all of those things. If we are not living out our faith in real, tangible, measurable ways - our faith is dead.
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. - Author Unknown