ONCE SAVED – Always Saved? The Controversy – a discussion…
The Legalist – the Law Keeper – those who deny the sufficiency of Messiah Jesus to save by grace, alone, by faith, alone, and the Father’s omnipotence and faithfulness to keep securely those who are in Covenant with Him, please allow me to succinctly vent my frustration with your absence of faith in my God.
The Scripture you quote, repeatedly, in vain, attempting to nullify God’s promises of security concerning the one who loves Him via Covenant in Jesus as Lord are prejudiced by your legalism and false doctrine resulting from false teaching, cult compromise and an absence of the Spirit as your Tutor/Teacher (Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 2:27). Scriptures that speak of “those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,” (Hebrews 6:4) for example, never suggest that the one who has denied my Lord as their God and Messiah were ever in Covenant relationship with Him by faith nor do these Scriptures suggest that the one who has “fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4) ever possessed the indwelling Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit given to the faithful as the Seal and Guarantor of Covenant relationship with the Father relevant to everyone who believes in Jesus as Messiah and God over their life (Ephesians 1:13-14).
These controversial Scriptures do imply that the one who has walked away from Jesus as their Lord were knowledgeable concerning the Gospel; they understood the message of grace through faith as preached; they tasted and experienced the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, in the personal lives of others who truly believed; they observed the work of the Spirit in Jesus during His ministry, in the Apostles, in the servants of God in all the Churches; they felt the joy of the Spirit’s presence within the congregation of believers; yet, they denied the sole sufficiency of Messiah Jesus to save by faith, alone, and they returned to a “works salvation,” the eternal Jewish error; they sought righteousness through Law and the works of their own hands in religious narcissism (Romans 9:30) while rejecting the simplicity of the Gospel; that is, Jesus, alone, by faith, alone, concerning a Covenant relationship with the Father, forever.
IF one is born again by the Spirit, they belong to the Father through a Covenant relationship, forever (John 10:28-30). Though the faithful in Messiah Jesus possess free will, both now and in Eternity, their heart’s desire no longer aligns with the World but with God and His Truth; these faithful in Jesus will not compromise void conviction/repentance; they will not walk away, they will never deny grace and they will love our God, forever, because they are a “new creation,” forever (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Though the sinful nature lurks at the door (Genesis 4:7; 1 John 3:4; Romans 7:14-25), the faithful seek to walk in the Spirit and eschew the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). No man or woman born of the Spirit can live in willful disobedience or deny the Truth of Jesus as Lord by grace through faith as these eternal truths are inextricably ingrained within the spirit of those who belong to Jesus.