Why do so many people think they have to work for salvation. They think that their actions are crucial to obtaining and especially keeping salvation. It is as if God is just waiting for us to make a mistake so that He can turn His back and cast us off.
Don’t you realize just what He went through to get you saved in the first place?
Some try to agree that we are under grace, but that we can willfully give up on our salvation. 1 John 3:9 says that we cannot sin if we are born again. So if we cannot, then how can we willfully? Jesus’ blood COVERS, so our sins are forgiven.
Now, of course, this does not give us a free ticket to sin, as Paul says. What it does mean is that God’s Spirit now guides us and we will be drawn toward Him, toward His will, and toward righteousness. God’s Will won’t fail. We freely gave ourselves over to this sanctification process. We will be taught, we will respond in our own free will and timing.
Let’s look again at this thought of willful rejection:
Hebrews 10:26 (NET)
For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us,
If we deliberately sin … when? After receiving the knowledge of the truth. Did it say “after becoming born again?” No, it did not.
When does one “receive the knowledge of the truth?”. Does God give faith to receive and call the sinner to repentance WITHOUT giving them “the knowledge of the truth?” If so, then with what will they make the decision to accept Jesus’ sacrifice?
“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Hebrews 10:26 is repeating the warning that Jesus gave. And that is: do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit, for that is your calling to repentance. God will call, man is given to respond. When God calls man is given the faith to make that decision, and the Holy Spirit is knocking on the door to enter. You can reject this calling, over and over. God will persist. But if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit you close the door for good. This is something that only an unsaved person can accomplish.
Why? Because once you are saved, the Holy Spirit seals you for redemption (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:14). He is your guarantee. God will regenerate your spirit, and we become one in Christ through Grace. We are justified (“just as if I’d” never sinned). We are saved. And the process of sanctification begins: a work jointly entered between you and the Holy Spirit. You are being robed in righteousness. Jesus’ blood has washed you clean and like a waterfall it will continue to keep you clean forever. God the Father CANNOT see sin in you. Each time you stumble and sin, the Blood washes and forgives, the Father does not see it for the purposes of salvation. 1 John 3:9 tells us this.
When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are giving yourself over to God (as a prisoner, as Paul puts it). You are putting yourself in His hands to change you and to keep you. God WILL NOT fail.
If you think that you can walk away from your salvation, then you don’t fully understand salvation. You see when you accept the gift of salvation you give yourself over to God. Paul tells us that we are not our own any longer, we belong to Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Note that this does not mean we can’t sin. The context of these verses is telling us to not commit sexual immorality. Some would have us in hell for this sin. Paul tells us nothing of the sort here. He started by saying that not everything is beneficial to the believer. We are to flee immorality. But what does Paul tell us:
1 Corinthians 6:14
And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
God is in control of us. He will raise us up by His power — not by our works, not by our walk (nor condemn us by our lack of walk).
Let’s back up a bit more in this chapter:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Paul details out the immoral ones. Tells us that some of us were among this group. BUT. BUT. You were washed, sanctified, justified … by the Spirit of our God. Note Paul does not directly say that we were washed by Father God. We were washed, sanctified, justified by the Spirit — when He came to live in us; when we became one with Him. He came unto us to guide us, to seal us, as a promise of our redemption.
ALL of our sins were cleansed: past, present and future. ALL of them. They have NO power over us any longer. The Spirit is one with us so that we can walk in our righteousness. But because we are in a PROCESS of sanctification, we are still learning and we certainly can stumble and sin. But this sin is WASHED IN THE BLOOD!!! Praise God!!! We are saved and we cannot be lost again. God is in control. We are His — we are not our own. And He will guide us and He will keep us.
This is not a walk of our actions. We are not saved by our actions or works. We are saved by GRACE through faith.
Let me add one more thing.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Do you really think that someone can fall to such depths to want to walk away from God?
Let me emphasize one phrase in the above verse: “And God is faithful. He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear.”
If you slipped into an unsaved state, then that would simply not be true.
If you could get to the point of the choice between the way out and damnation, then God let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear.
Sanctification, a product of your salvation, teaches you how to respond and how to remain. God WILL NOT let you go. You are His now.
When we stray — when we sin — Who comes after whom?
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?