Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Eternal security, can we lose our salvation or not? To answer this ask yourself; what liberty do you have if you can lose your salvation? Some how the question of our liberty in Christ and the eternal security of the believer never get put together. The answer to the question has eluded many in Christianity since the dark ages.
The answer is not difficult to ascertain. The truth in this regard can easily be obtained if we refer to the precept we established in the study, "Not Of works." Once we realizes that denying the eternal security of the believer creates a system of salvation based on works it becomes evident that there is a serious problem with a doctrine whereby one can lose their salvation. It being necessary for those who teach the absence of our security to show a reason for the loss, therefore, it must naturally follow that works apply, if not in gaining, at least in maintaining salvation. However, as the precept, "Not Of works" shows, at any time works are added to our salvation, either in the obtaining or maintaining thereof, grace and faith go out the window.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The Bible declares works and grace to be mutually exclusive; one cannot exist with the other. Any teaching that works is involved in obtaining or maintaining our salvation nullifies grace.
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Galatians 3:2-3 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
If the gaining of salvation is by God's grace and not by our works, the maintaining of it must also be by grace and not works. To be given a free gift and then be told you have to pay to keep it disannuls any semblance of free. It is the same with grace and works; works to maintain salvation nullifies the free gift of grace as well as faith, God’s promises and Christ's death.
Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Any doctrine that teaches that one can earn grace, either in gaining salvation or maintaining it, is in error.
Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
In this study, we are going to look at a few of the passages of Scripture; Colossians 1:23, Hebrews Chapters 6 & 10 and II Peter 2:10-21, that are commonly used to promote the teaching that one can lose salvation. Only we will look at these passages with the knowledge of the precepts we have establish and in keeping with our "Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible."
The teaching that one can lose salvation is many times restricted to the tribulation saints or the Old Testament Jews in order to preserve faith without works in this age. Often it is taught, in order to avoid loss of salvation in this age, that the books Hebrews through Revelations are written to the tribulation Jews only and should only be applied to them. Again, I must point to the mutual exclusiveness of grace and works in any dispensation. The Bible was written to all men, and although comprised of many books is one book with one theme and one plan of salvation. There may be parts of Scripture that in application do not belong to the church, such as the old covenant of animal sacrifice, the earthly kingdom given to Israel, except for these types of things everything else applies today to all men everywhere and always has. Sin is still sin and men have always been in need of a Saviour. Job is the oldest book in the Bible.
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Old Testament, New Testament, before Moses, after the rapture, salvation is still through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and obtained by faith alone. For a further treatment on these things refer to the studies,"The Methodology of Salvation" and "Dispensational Salvation."
Unfortunately, you cannot answer most doctrinal questions in a simple verse or two, it takes study and a knowledge of what the whole Bible says. When keeping things in context one has to preserve the context from the basic sentence, the paragraph, chapter, book and the whole of the Bible itself. Most, if not all, false teachings are born out of someone's inability or lack of patience in studying and simple misreading of Scripture. Anything less than a sentence in English grammar, or any other language, has no meaning. The sentence is the smallest unit of grammar that possesses definite meaning. A sentence is a trinity, it must have a subject, predicate [verb] and a complete thought. Remember to study it until you comprehend the complete thought.
The following chapters are examples of proper Bible study in accordance with the "Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible."
Make the word of God as much as possible its own interpreter. You will best understand the word of God by comparing it with itself. "...Comparing spiritual things with spiritual..."
Sir Isaac Newton 1642-1727
English Physicist & Mathematician