Eternal Security: Problem Passages, Part 3

Another area of passages that people use to try to show that one can lose his salvation are Scriptures that speak of mere reformation or outward profession, but not of real salvation.[1]

One such passage is Matthew 7:22‑23. Notice what Yeshua says to those people who even did miracles in His name. Jesus does not say, “I used to know you, but you lost your salvation, so I don’t know you any longer.” Rather, He says: I never knew you. Miracles are possible in the name of a counterfeit Yeshua, because Satan can duplicate many of the miracles of Jesus. Just because these people claimed to have done things in the name of Yeshua does not necessarily make it true. They had outward profession, but Jesus said: I never knew you, and that clearly means they were never saved to begin with.

Another passage that people like to use is Matthew 13:1‑8, which deals with the parable of the four types of soils and four different types of responses. It should be noted that this is a parable and the purpose of a parable is to illustrate a point. One cannot develop doctrine from the parables themselves. In any case, He never once said that those who believed lost their salvation. He pointed out that there are some who believe but are never rooted in the Word of God, so they will never mature. Others believe, but the cares of the world keep them from maturing, so they remain baby believers and lose out on rewards. But in this parable, there is no statement about losing one’s salvation.

Another passage often used is Luke 11:24‑26. “Is this passage speaking of someone who became a believer and then lost his salvation?” People who use this passage do so by claiming that, when the demon left, it meant that the person was saved. The demon’s return showed that he then lost his salvation. But the mere removal of demons is not salvation. A person can have a demon cast out of him, but that does not mean he is automatically saved. He is not saved until he exercises faith. It is entirely possible that a demon can come out of a person without that person himself exercising saving faith. So the removal of a demon does not equal salvation. And in this case, the demon was not even cast out; the demon simply left on his own volition. Of his own free will, he went looking for a better place to live. When he was not able to find one, he came back to the man in whom he was living earlier. But the person himself was never saved to begin with, and mere removal of a demon does not equal salvation.

Another passage that fits into this category is I Corinthians 15:1‑4, where Paul deals with the issue of the gospel and salvation. This passage does not say that the Corinthians were lost. He simply tells the Corinthians that he wants them to know the content of faith, which saves. He is saying that if they truly believe this gospel, then by this gospel they are saved. If they believed something else, then they believed in vain and they do not have salvation. Throughout the Book of I Corinthians, he treats them as truly saved people and, in this passage, he spells out the content of the gospel to let them know clearly, what it is that saved them. It is not their works, nor their gifts, nor their actions, but believing the simple content of the gospel. Paul simply wanted to clarify for them the content of the gospel that saves.

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

3 thoughts on “Eternal Security: Problem Passages, Part 3

  1. In order to keep repeating myself, I left a reply on this in Eternal Security:Part 2. When I learned some of these Truths, it really helped me understand what salvation is. God has elected and predestined those that He chooses to save and He did that before the foundation of the world. It is the false sense that somehow we make the decision to accept Christ that clouds the issue of being eternally saved. God is the one who saves and since He does it, we can be sure that, according to the Scriptures, it is a done deal. He is the cause. Since the Bible says none choose God, He was not about to have His Son shed precious blood for those who would never believe. He is the one who regenerates and gives us the faith to believe. We are saved by grace and He even gives us the faith. Therefore, since God does not make mistakes, those He chose to receive salvation will be saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit. That you cannot undo!!!

  2. 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!

    Blessings in Messiah,

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