You mean, once you’re saved, you can never lose your salvation?
And so, if someone says they’ve trusted Jesus and then spends their life in love with sin, they’re still Christians, right?
Maybe you’ve heard that line of reasoning at some point in your life.
So have we–but such thinking isn’t even close to what the New Testament teaches about God’s grace. Scripture affirms the perseverance of God’s people in God’s grace but the assurance of God’s faithfulness never provides a license to sin. That’s because the holiness that God gives us in Jesus is not only a once-and-for-all position but also a day-by-day pursuit.
The Position of Holiness
The call to trust Jesus isn’t merely a call to escape hell in the future. It’s a call to holiness here and now. God sets us apart as his own children and positions us in Jesus so that he sees us always and only in his Son. But God also works within us so that we love and long for holiness.
The Pursuit of Holiness
If there is no pursuit of holiness in someone’s life, there is no reason to believe that God has authentically saved that person. And what about when a Christian falls into sin?
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