Eternal Security: Problem Passages, part 1

There are many so-called “problem” passages on the issue of eternal security that various groups use certain to try to prove that it is possible to lose one’s salvation. We shall deal with these briefly below in multiple parts.[1]

Some passages of Scripture have been “dispensationally misapplied.” Take for example these two passages in Ezekiel. People often use this passage to show that it is possible to lose salvation. However, these passages are not dealing with the individual’s salvation in the Age of Grace, but are dealing with Israel as a nation at some other period of time.

These passages are not actually speaking of the spiritual salvation of individuals. Rather, they concern Israel as a nation under the Mosaic Law, individual accountability, physical life and physical death.

Another passage that has been dispensationally misapplied is Matthew 18:21‑35, in which Yeshua dealt with the issue of forgiving the brother and told the story about the unforgiving steward. He then made the point that if a believer does not forgive others, then he should not expect to be forgiven himself (v. 35). However, in this context the issue is not salvation forgiveness; instead, it is family forgiveness. Salvation forgiveness is the means by which one enters into God’s family, and the only way of receiving salvation forgiveness is by grace through faith apart from works. But once one is in the family, sin in the believer’s life; such as, holding a grudge against a brother, can cause a breakup in the relationship within the family of God. And it can break one’s fellowship with God the Father. The way a believer receives family forgiveness of sins is by means of confession (I Jn. 1:9). The point of this Matthew account is that confessing sins is not going to gain family forgiveness if the confessor is not willing to forgive people who have wronged him or offended him.

[1] This post is a modified version of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s original Messianic Bible Study. The full version may be obtained here.

2 thoughts on “Eternal Security: Problem Passages, part 1

  1. There are usually two models of salvation accepted in the Protestant churches:

    1) Salvation is a standing that can never be corrupted or lost, known as eternal security.

    2) Salvation is a standing that can be corrupted or lost by continual unrepentant sin, known as conditional eternal security.

    In my opinion BOTH of these positions are wrong because they are based on a misconception of the true nation of salvation. Salvation is NOT a standing. Salvation begins as a standing but then it becomes a dynamic and living work. That dynamic is nothing less than the very Life of Jesus the Messiah living His Life in and through us. He doesn’t give us salvation, like it is something separate from Himself, such as one would give someone else a gift. He IS our salvation. He is eternal life. When we possess Him, as he dwells in us, we possess eternal life, thus He IS our eternal life and our salvation!

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  2. Tried to access full article on Eternal Security. Says PDF not found…does not exist.

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