Allowing scripture to interpret itself is the foolproof way to know the truth. This is how the true meaning of grace has been revealed. Before we have variously described grace according to opinion of man as either unmerited favor, or power, and so on. We have come to understand that the true meaning of sound word has only that one angle to it.
But the word of God is always clear-cut. Even though several texts in scripture suggests related to grace, they might not. It is in this light salvation by grace is seen by many in Christianity. But we can understand it better if we reason together. In the beginning God created man in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:27).
Identifying who this man is, possess hindrance to having true knowledge of scripture. Some say he is the spirit, others believe he is the body and another school believe he is the soul. The scripture has unequivocally identified the man created in the image and likeness of God as the soul (Gen. 1:27). It is just that man has chosen to believe his opinion and disregard the scripture. After God breathed into the nostril of the man of dust, two structures came alive as one entity … man became a living soul and a living being (Gen. 2:7). But before forming the man of dust God formed the spirit of man within him (Zech. 12:1b). So the breath of God consisted of life, which is the spirit, and the man He created earlier in His image and likeness; suggesting in the Lord for His glory (Is. 43:7).
It is this spirit that scripture refers to as the old man. As explained previously, the function of the spirit is to liaise for the soul internally (1 Cor. 2: 10-11). This is fully explained in an upcoming book titled ‘Doomed Christianity and Unshakable Lifeline.’
It was when spirit was doing his job that he encountered the spirit of evil (serpent) and got entangled by it to form the body of sin (Rom. 6:6).
So when Jesus was crucified, the body of sin (old man) was equally crucified. By this occurrence the real man (soul) was baptized into the death of Christ Jesus and buried with Him (Rom. 6:3-4). And when He was raised from the dead, the soul was equally raised.
So when man believes on Jesus, God will account it to him for righteousness (Rom. 4:3-5). This is how man was saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).
It is at this moment God will give to the man (soul) who believed the new creation spirit of Christ that he might hereafter live for Christ by faith of the Son of God within his mortal body (Gal. 2:20). The new creation spirit is the Christ in man.
This will bring him to the identical state Adam was when God warned him not to eat of the tree of good and evil, else he would die (Gen. 2:17).
Up to that point in time, Adam lived by free-will to choose to either obey, or disobey God’s command. To realize that the man who believed on Jesus is re-set to the similar state of Adam when God commanded him not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the crux of understanding. It is the knowledge necessary to determine whether once saved will be saved either forever, or short lived. How?
God will not live the life of man for him, once saved by grace through faith.
When Adam died, all men were appointed to death of separation from God (Ps. 102:20). But with the salvation of all by grace through faith the prison previously holding them was opened as a result of the sacrifice of Jesus (Is. 61:1).
This restored man to the position of grace in the likeness of Adam before he committed sin in Eden. It once again gave all the right of option to use their individual free will to choose either life and blessing, or death and cursing (Deut. 30:19).
It is for this purpose scripture gave options of what a believer must always do (Mk. 12:31), and not do (1John 2:16-17).
So the man who believes, and fears God and keeps His covenant and remember His commandments of love to do them will remain saved forever (Ps. 103:17-18).
It is the only condition that satisfies once saved, saved forever.
But he who disregards the covenant and commandments of God will bear the consequences of rejection by Him (Hos. 4:6). This will be an example of fall from grace.
The reject will end up as a candidate of the second death in eternity (Reference Sketch in Chapter One or Home page of http://ctlr.pw
In spite of the foregoing, grace which is of the righteousness of God and which came through Jesus (John 1:17) is portrayed in different light in Christianity.
When God created Adam (men) He clothed him in righteousness. This suggested he was to live forever. But he chose death as seen previously. The consequences is now well known to all.
Now that God has for the sake of His name showed mercy upon man through the propitiation of His son Jesus, He again warned that we should be mindful not to fall from grace to the beggarly self-righteousness of the law or paganism (Gal. 5:4).
To fall from grace depicts the choice of self-righteousness. This is to resort to the law, or paganism (Rom. 1:23-32).
Right from the Old Testament, scripture made it known that if the once righteous backslides to unrighteousness his obedience in the past will be forgotten. As a result he would die (Ezekiel 18:24) in the like way of Adam in Eden.
Whoever is under grace is like a branch of the tree. The connection is permanent. Otherwise it will not bear fruits (John 15:4). It will instead dry up and be thrown into fire (John 15:6). This is the exact fate of a man who believes on Jesus, corresponding to the branch and tree respectively. So disengagement permanently from the source of feed and the consequences means fall from grace. Without abiding in Christ man will be starved of the wisdom and knowledge of God to live an upright life.
So, it is doubtful to believe that a man who once received righteousness or born again of one man (the spirit) out of three men (spirit, soul and body) that make up the whole cannot lose the status. Verses like (1Thes. 5:10; Eph. 1:13-14, Rom. 8:38-39, Heb. 8:10-12 and more) are quoted to support this position.
The heroes of once saved is saved forever often defend the position that scripture will be contradicting itself if the verse, (Gal. 5:4), is read to mean a man can lose his once received righteousness or salvation.
Is this argument really true?
According to (1Thes. 5:10), “… Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”
Remark: The scripture teaches that to be awake is to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light (1John 1:7). This is to believe on Him. Conversely, to sleep is to die in the mortal sense (Acts 13:36). In either case it requires believing on Jesus both when awake and before sleep to live with Him. So neither situation contrasts falling from grace which verse (Gal. 5:4) described.
Verse (Eph. 1:13-14) states that; “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Remark: The part of man as a whole that has been sealed until Judgment Day is the new creation spirit alone. Moreover, the spirit is own by Christ and not the man to whom God have given. It is by the spirit that Christ lives in man while he lives by the faith of the Son of God (Gal. 2:20). The implication is that man requires to be upright with Christ who is light. Otherwise if man who once received him falls from grace (into darkness) and would not repent He will retract the spirit because light and darkness will not co-exist (2Cor. 6:14). So the verse does not contrast falling from grace as described at verse (Gal, 5:4).
Verse (Rom. 8:38-39) declared that; “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
Remark: This simply means that the love which God have for man is permanent at all times; whether in death, or life, or when under affront by the powers of darkness.
This also has not contradicted falling from grace as described at verse (Gal, 5:4).
Heb. 8:10-12; “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Remark: The forgiveness which God assured man here pertains to the sins and atrocities which man committed before the sacrifice of Jesus (Rom. 3:25).
Without doubt, the commentaries that say falling from grace has no consequences on somebody who backslides, after he has once received the righteousness of God suggest deception. This is because a thorough study of scripture with unbiased mind, but by guidance of the Holy Spirit showed there are no contradictions throughout.
The conclusion is that certain people have fixation of mind regarding once saved, saved forever. This is not what scripture says.
All the warnings to flee unrighteousness in the New Testament are directed to those who believe on Jesus (Gal. 5:19-21; 1John 2:16-17; etcetera). Similarly are the consequences. This suggests that many people have not really understood what righteousness of God is. It is examined later in the book; ‘Doomed Christianity and Unshakable Lifeline’… look out for when it will be released at www.christthelordreign.com and make order. It will be a bolt from the blue in Christianity.
Beware of false gospels who parade the opinion of man, leading to destruction.
On the Day of Judgment there will be no acceptable excuse. This is because scripture has given everybody the options of choice of life and death, or blessing and cursing: pleading that you choose life that both you and your seed may live. (Deut. 30:19).