2 Corinthians 1:9-10 Saved Forever

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 (KJV)
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

The passage is speaking of some very dangerous situation Paul had been through. It was a situation obviously known by the Corinthians but lost now to us. It was a dangerous enough situation that Paul says God delivered him from it

Paul uses the experience to teach the believers that they can trust God

I do not believe viewing this as a picture of eternal salvation does any damage to the text. Surely the phrase “so great a death” brings to mind the ultimate death, which is eternity separated from God in hell. The salvation wrought by Christ delivers us from the most hopeless situation. We could never save ourselves. This deliverance is so complete that it may fairly be said:

We are delivered
It is a finished work. It is finalized and can never be taken from us.

We are constantly being delivered
The world, the flesh and the devil long to rip us from the hands of the Lord. Daily we are tempted so that, if it were possible, we surely know that we would lose our salvation.

We will be finally delivered
He is able to keep that which He has promised. In the day of Christ, when everything is said and done, we who know Christ will know full and absolute deliverance in eternal glory.

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2 Corinthians 1:9-10 Saved Forever

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Hebrews 10:14 Perfected For Ever

Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

 

The point of the verse is the phrase “by one offering“. The apostle wants us to see the effectiveness of the offering of Christ. In doing so he makes a secondary claim that is of immense blessing to those who are saved; we have been “perfected for ever“.

 

What God has done and is continuing to do in me as a Christian, and in every Christian everywhere, is a forever thing. It never ends. It isn’t revoked at some moment of sin in my life. No contract is broken if I am unable to keep my end of the deal. At the moment of my salvation God made me perfect in Christ Jesus. That is justification. For the rest of my life of earth God continues to work in my heart and soul for victory over sin and perfection in Christlikeness. That is sanctification.

 

God’s covenant with the believer is a for ever one.

 

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Hebrews 10:14 God’s Covenant is For Ever

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Work At Not Working

Hebrews 4:9-11 KJV

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 

One could view this passage as a kind of play on words. We are to “work at not working.”

 

This entire chapter is taken up with the doctrine of a spiritual rest that be longs to those who believe. This rest was rejected by the first people to hear it, those Jews in the wilderness, – carrying forth to those Jews who, looking the rest of God in the face in the person of Jesus Christ, crucified him rather than give up their religious traditions. It was once again offered to Gentiles of whom the Bible says, they would hear.

 

Apostle Paul writes to those believers here and warns them of “seeming to come short of it”. It is not that they could come short, for a believer can never come short of salvation, but that they might seem to come short of it by not enjoying the fullness of rest in Christ.

 

John Gill writes, “….is here meant, that rest which believers now enter into, and is at this present time for them, and though true believers are entered into it, yet their rest, peace, and joy in Christ, is not full; they enter by degrees into it, and by believing enjoy more of it: and this is to be laboured for by prayer, hearing the word, and attendance on ordinances…”

 

It would serve us well to see also that the remainder of Hebrews four offers at least four helps for entering into this full rest:

The Word of God

Which is able to cut deeply into our hearts and souls to remove unbelief and replace it with faith.

The watchful eye of God

Who sees our faith as well as our lack thereof. He knows we believe, if we are believers. He also knows we do not yet believe perfectly.

Our High Priest, Christ

Whose function it is, to minister towards our weakness. He serves as our advocate whenever we miss the mark of faith. When the weakness of our faith becomes apparent it is then that we best hold tightly to our profession of faith in Christ. He is the overcomer of our unbelief.

The throne of grace

To which we are invited to come boldly. When we lack faith, when our rest is less than full, when we struggle between our two natures of belief and unbelief, we are invited, urged even, to come without hesitation to the throne where we may obtain mercy cover our lack of faith and grace to help us strengthen our faith.

 

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Hebrews 4:9-11Rest with God

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It Is Impossible to be Unborn

Hebrews 3:6 KJV

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

 

Hebrews 3:14 KJV

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

 

There is, in my mind, no contradiction between the doctrine of eternal security and the lessons of these verses.  When a person is born again he or she may never lose that new birth. It is as ludicrous a thought, that one could lost there birth, as has ever been proposed. It betrays the possessor of such thoughts as never having associated salvation with new birth. They have “Nicodemus thinking”, “How can one be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”.

 

It is impossible for a person to be unborn, but it is not impossible for a person to have never been born. Here is the warning of these passages. Many professing Christians are more like a fairy tale character than a historical figure. Their relationship with God is only fictional. It is made up. It is the stuff of which novels are made. It is wishful thinking. It is dreamy. But it is not real. The lesson of the chapter is that the proof of or evidence of new birth rests in the continuance.

 

During the fourth century the Emperor Constantine made a profession of faith in Christ and proclaimed his rule to be Christian. It became not only fashionable but essential to profess Christianity and so multitudes did, but without new birth. Centuries of dark ages flushed out those whose professions were false through persecution of any who professed Christ some way other than the government’s prescribed way. (Even Catholics lost their lives for their faith when Protestants gained control of governments.)

 

America has been a wonderful place to live but it has also been a place where it was popular and even necessary to profess Christianity if one wanted to succeed. Multitudes did, but without new birth. It appears that we are entering s period when those whose professions are false will be flushed out through various forms of persecutions and disadvantages had by being of faith.

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Hebrews 3:6 Hebrews 3:14 Eternal Security

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All Are Judged

2 Timothy 4:1 KJV

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

 

Paul charged Timothy to his duty by using a Biblical truth; that both the quick and the dead, the saved and the lost, will be judged by the Lord at His coming.

 

A great deal of damage has been done in the Christian faith by the idea that, once we get saved, we are no longer accountable. I am absolutely convinced that the work of Christ on the Cross has entirely and completely saved us to the uttermost. The saved are saved:

  • securely
  • eternally and
  • irrevocably

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. This, however, does not mean that we have been set free to wander about our life without restraint or expectations.

 

Certainly the judgments of the two are different in

  • their focus (Christian judgment is regarding our works and not our sins)
  • their scope (Christian judgment is regarding position in heaven and not whether we go to heaven or hell)
  • their consequence (Christian judgment is regarding rewards and not punishment)

but the fact still remains that the saved are judged. The fact also remains that this judgment is of a serious enough nature that it serves as a motivator to those who comprehend it.

 

To assume that saved means saved with no respect, regard or consequence for

  • obedience or disobedience
  • believing or disbelieving
  • following or not following

the lessons of the Word of God is to place ourselves in a position to miss the greatest lessons for life the Bible offers.

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Judgment

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A License to Sin?

Galatians 5:16 KJV

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Baptists are frequently accused of giving people liberty or license to sin. Our insistence that the Bible teaches eternal security; that once a soul is saved, that salvation can never be lost, has led our detractors to claim that means the saved person can live in sin and still go to heaven. No such thing is true.

 

What we do claim is that the cross is sufficient so that all sin is paid for in Christ. There is no sin for the believer to be judged of because every sin has been judged at Calvary.  To preach a man may lose his salvation by committing certain sins is to preach that the work of Christ on Golgotha falls short of complete perfection.[1]

 

So what about that license to sin? The Bible answers the license with the Spirit.The one who walks in the Spirit has no desire to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. We do not give a soul the license to sin. We give to them the liberty to walk in the Spirit.

[1] (This is also my argument against mid wrath and post tribulation rapture).

 

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