Part Three of Six, "Is It Really True That You Can Lose Your Salvation?"
For further reading, my previous submittals discuss various aspects of this same, critically vital understanding of God's grace-filled salvation. My focus is not on the "person" of what is commonly termed Arminian Christian belief. Rather, the underlying basis of a contemporary Soteriology, or doctrine of the value of the death of Christ, is the object of my exposition.
If a system of so-called Christianity and its gospel is wrong about the value in the death of Christ, that system's evangelical presentations and teachings concerning the believer's salvation and daily walk are quite literally - a waste of time and effort. Likewise, faith in Buddha nor Mohammed, or a great spirit will afford myself or anyone else the certainty of a secure, greatly improved afterlife.
I simply hold forth the magnified differences between the two systems of salvation and advise strongly to avoid the distraction of semi-Pelagian arguments concerning man's unlimited ability to effect his "free will" in choice and the continuance of salvation. Free will and saving faith are a response, not a cause of salvation. Man did not manifest the conditions of salvation, he merely responds to an offer created by God through the incarnation, death, and resurrection of the Son of God. A Savior who is acting even now to expand and conform His body of believers. Therefore, my prime concern is that the reader may understand what is a proper gospel invitation to God's graceful salvation in Christ Jesus.
In sharp contradiction to Arminian teaching, salvation is not a continuing process. Whereas, experiential sanctification does continue throughout a believer's lifetime. Saving faith is not a response that can ever be repeated. It may only be improved upon as daily faith is exercised in the belief that one is saved and destined for the glory prepared by Christ. A glory waiting on the souls of those who are vitally joined through His glorified humanity to His divine and ever-existing fullness (Gk. pleroma) and felicity of eternal life. The very life in the Godhead shared by the Father and the Spirit of God. Unity with God is a grand and marvelous reality straight from the truthful lips of Jesus in the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17.
Salvation is why God became the Unique God-Man of a new race of men possessed of a heavenly destiny. The Arminian theory of atonement may not - because of inherent self-destruction - allow itself the freedom to cherish this divine motive of salvation. Jesus, the ultimate husband, loves His own "body" so very much. How can He ever deny a trusting soul?
"The Pursuit of God," AW Tozer
"Free Will," John Owens
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