Once Saved, Always Saved?
What does “once saved always saved” mean?
Once saved, always saved. What does that mean? Well, I don’t know what that
means. I think to some people that say that, it means that once you’ve been
saved you can’t lose your salvation. The Bible doesn’t say “once saved, always
saved,” but it tells us that salvation is a gift. And therefore, if it is a gift
that God gives, it would have to be a gift that God would have to take back. And
what would cause Him to take it back? He saved you when you were a lost sinner.
Why would He take away your salvation because you fall or stumble or make a
mistake or sin?
He’s not going to take your salvation back. He is a giver and He doesn’t take
His gifts back. In fact, the Bible says in Romans 11 that “The gifts of God are
without repentance.” They’re irrevocable. God doesn’t take His gifts back. And
one of those gifts is salvation. And that Scripture is the proof that He won’t
take your salvation away from you, because it is a free gift.
So you’ve got to keep putting your faith in Jesus Christ and keep standing on
His Word but it will not keep you saved. The only way to lose your salvation, I
guess, would be for you to reject Jesus and say, “I don’t want Him any more, I
don’t believe in Jesus any more, I don’t believe He died for my sins and rose
from the dead. I don’t even believe in God any more.” If you really felt that
way, then I guess you wouldn’t be saved. But I don’t believe you ever really
were saved if you could come to that place where you don’t believe Him any more.
Once Saved, Always Saved?
I’ve been exploring ministries that teach “once saved-always saved” is a misconception in the Bible, and I was wondering if Hebrews 6:4-6 backs that up?
Well, first of all, I don’t know that I can concur that it’s a misconception
in the Bible that once you’re saved, you’ll always be saved. I think that we
can’t save ourselves. Only Jesus can save us. There’s only one way to salvation,
and that’s through the blood of Jesus.
The fact is that anybody who wonders, “Am I really saved?” needs to go back to
find what the Bible says in 1 John 5:13, where He says, “These things are
written to you that you might know that you have eternal life.” So there is a
place that God wants every one of us to get to where we know that we have
eternal life. You do not have to always be concerned and looking over your
shoulder wondering, “Did I sin? Did I commit the unpardonable sin?” The only
unpardonable sin is to reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and if you do
that, then you can’t be saved, there’s no place for salvation for a person who
rejects the only avenue to salvation, which is Jesus Christ and His blood.
Now, the verse you’re bringing up in Hebrews 6, if you study that out, you’ll
find that what he’s saying is, there’s no way to renew yourself to repentance
simply because you can’t crucify the Lord of glory again. He was crucified once
for time. And to sin and then think that you need to be saved again, that is
what he’s saying is impossible. It’s impossible for you to need to repent again.
It’s impossible to repent again. It’s impossible to renew you to repentance
because of the blood of Jesus. Once He comes into your life, and once He rescues
you, He absolutely saves you to the uttermost, according to Hebrews 7 and
Hebrews 9. And so you have to read Hebrews 6 in the context of the entire book
of Hebrews to get the full understanding of what He’s saying there.
Once Saved, Always Saved?
Can you give up your salvation? Can you turn your back on Jesus and lose your salvation?
Do you mean “give it up” or do you mean “lose it?” Let’s first say there is
only one way to obtain salvation. Let’s start there. There’s only one way to
obtain salvation and that is by putting our faith in the shed blood of Jesus
Christ, His death, burial and resurrection. If you confess Jesus Christ as Lord,
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
There is no other way to salvation. Being a good person won’t save us. Trying
harder won’t save us. Going to a church won’t save us. Even reading our Bible
won’t save us. Not that those things aren’t good. We should do all of those
things, but none of them can save us from eternal damnation. The only thing that
can save us is putting our faith in the blood of Jesus.
Therefore, if it’s possible to lose your salvation or give up your salvation, it
would require that you reject faith in Jesus Christ, that you reject His blood,
that you reject that He died for your sins and rose from the dead. So you would
have to reject those things and, I don’t know whether you personally can or not,
but I couldn’t at this point in my life. I could not reject Him. I could not
stop believing in Him. It’s too ingrained in me. I’m too convinced. I’m too
absolutely sure that Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead and
therefore, I couldn’t lose my salvation simply because I would have to stop
believing that He truly came to this earth, died for my sins and rose from the
dead. If you could stop believing that, then you could lose your salvation.
I think the assurance of salvation is a really important question. A lot of
people are wondering, “Did I blow it? Did I sin so bad that I can lose my
salvation?” And it’s not sinning that is going to cause us to lose our salvation
just like it’s not doing right things that are going to earn us our salvation.
It’s a free gift from God. Can you reject that gift? Yes, you can reject that
gift. But recognize what it is that causes you to miss out on salvation and
that’s you rejecting the gift, not making a mistake or falling into sin.
Once Saved, Always Saved?
I have a question on Hebrews 6:4-6 where it says that if you taste God and turn away that you cannot be restored. Could you explain those verses a little more please? And what’s the “subjecting him to public disgrace”? What’s that about?
I know there’s a lot of controversy around that scripture. It’s referring to
once somebody has tasted of the Heavenly gift and been a partaker of the Holy
Spirit, and they fall away, it’s impossible to renew them again to repentance.
And what Paul is saying there is it’s impossible for that person to ever need to
be saved again.
Have I ever fallen away from the Lord? Yes. Have you ever fallen away from the
Lord? Yes. We’ve all fallen away from the Lord at one time or another. To what
degree must he be talking about in falling away from the Lord? He doesn’t
describe the definition of what “falling away from the Lord” is. I think there
have been times where I’ve been away from God in my heart or my heart has grown
cold. I think that’s true about every person. I don’t think anybody is ever just
always on fire for God. So, if we assume that he’s talking about the typical
falling away, the typical blowing it, the typical person who feels like they’re
distant from God, which I do believe he’s referring to, then what he’s saying
is, it’s impossible to renew them again to repentance, meaning it’s impossible
for Jesus to have to come down to this earth again and die on the cross again
for our sins. He’s done it once. He will never have to do it again.
He’s died “once for all,” Hebrews chapter 9 talks about. And there’s no more
sacrifice that can be made for the person who falls away meaning there’s nothing
more Jesus can do for that person. What He’s done is enough. The person whose
fallen away can come back to God on the basis of what Jesus already did the
first time; he doesn’t need Jesus to do something for him a second time. That’s
how I interpret that verse and that’s what it means to me.
Subjecting Jesus to public disgrace meaning to have to put Him to open shame
again on the cross. If we fall away, He’s not coming back to the earth to die on
the cross again, He’s not going to die for our sins again, He’s not going to be
put to open shame or public disgrace again on the cross. He did that once for
all and He’s never going to need to do that again. And so, to my brothers and
sisters and friends who have fallen away from God, they can come back to God
without needing to be saved again. They can come back to God without needing
Jesus to die on the cross again for their sins.