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Can You Lose Your Salvation

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been debating the question ‘can one lose their salvation?’ in our small group.  My opinion has leaned always towards ‘no’.  Not in order to assure myself that my actions couldn’t cause my demise but that they couldn’t cause my salvation.  I do believe that the devil is constantly in the ear of those that have given their life to Christ saying “Are you really sure you are saved?” while God is in the other ear saying “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

To think that our actions, I argued could keep us saved devalues Christ’s sacrifice.  He paid it all and died so we might live.  I’m not arguing that we need to work out our sanctification but all we bring to our justification is our sins (sorry forgot who originally said this).

Today, I heard a sermon from Chuck Swindoll on Disqualification.  He made a compelling point.  Not that our disciplines or actions assure our salvation but that the state of our heart will be judged.  Can we love God with all our heart and desire Him over everything, and than slowly fall in love with the things of the world and forget God.  I believe we can.

It’s not a quick action like the slip of the tongue.  ‘Oh no, there goes my salvation, let me work to get back in right relationship with God.’  No, it’s more like deciding not to accept the gift we once accepted.  Jesus’ death paid the price and this is a gift we need to receive.  He doesn’t force it on us.

As Chuck so eloquently described putting something else before God is subtle, very subtle.  We test the boundaries, we rationalize our actions, we continue to push the limits.  Until we say “I don’t care the cost, I want …”  and the blank space is anything but God.

But their is hope.  Chuck mentions Samson and how his ego led to his demise but he didn’t mention the end of the story.  In Judges 16:28, Samson prays to God “O sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes”.  Some say Samson’s hair had grown back and therefore his strength had returned but then he wouldn’t need to pray.  No, it’s clear that he put God back in His right position, as the sovereign Lord, and therefore took himself off the throne of his life.  God answered Samson’s prayer and if you turn back to God he will answer yours.

Please listen to Chuck Swindoll’s sermon here:
Insight for Living – April 26, 2010

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Temptation of Christ Study

Christ Tempted, obedience

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Christ Tempted

§         Three Categories of temptations: 

  1. Hunger (physical) and in Jesus case the misuse of power
  2. Power and wealth
  3. Instant acclaim

§         Fully God and fully man, Although “God cannot be tempted by evil…” – James 1:13; but Jesus “Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—        even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8

  • Why was he tempted? – To sympathize and to save
    1. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15
    2. Righteous Jesus, died not for his sins but ours.  He was the perfect lamb.

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” – Romans 5:19.

Our Temptations

  • We too like Jesus are tempted in many of the same ways.
  • Some allowed by God to sanctify us; some brought upon ourselves (James 1:14)
  • God doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond what he has equipped us to bare

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Our Response

  • Prayer  – commune with God (strength to withstand the evil ones advances)
  • Knowledge and Obedience to God’s Word      – Knowing your are God’s adopted son and responding to the knowledge of that Love by obedience to his Word.
  • Community – with others that model and encourage
  • Repentance – when we do fail, we must understand that we are not accepted because of our actions but because of His.  Turn and follow Him.
On Repentance, Dick Weidenheft gave a very timely sermon this morning.  You can find it here within the next few days: