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Verse by Verse on Can You Lose Your Salvation?   23/10/2018 12:00 πμ
Once Saved Always Saved is not only an obvious snare for a person's soul, it is also a license to sin, like a timebomb just waiting to explode into immorality. Oftentimes, it is the children who get hurt by this eternal security timebomb. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28










In answering the question of eternal security, people typically fall into one of the following belief camps.



1.        You cannot fall away from grace in Christ and lose your salvation.



2.       If you fall away, you were not a true born again believer to begin with.



3.       Even as a born again believer, you can still fall away and lose your salvation.
There are several good reasons for there being so much confusion and division on this subject.  I first became frustrated and confused about eternal security when I found that two well-know and very respected ministers, both of whom have significant sized ministries and appear to have the blessing of God on their work, believe completely opposite on this subject.  Naturally, I concluded that one of them had to be wrong.  But I thought to myself, how can this possibly happen if they are both learning from the same Holy Spirit?
How could God allow one of them to teach you can never lose your salvation and the other to teach that you absolutely can?  I could no longer take “man’s” word for it and I decided to do an exhaustive study in Scripture for myself.  What would I find when there was no influence of personal or denominational bias?  If all I had to go by was the Bible, what belief would I come to?  I’m going to tell you my position and why I believe it, but more importantly, I have assimilated all of the Scriptures on all of the three above positions for you, so that you can decide for yourself.
Naturally, our human reasoning prefers the position of having eternal security and never being able to lose our salvation.  There are even a few Scriptures, when considered separately, which can be interpreted to suggest that we cannot lose our salvation.  However, just as a bird cannot fly with only one wing, neither can a doctrine.  Therefore, we must determine if this position is in accordance to the Bible’s actual and whole teaching, or could it be that we are interpreting it to say what we really want it to say?
“Honey, do these pants make me look fat?”  We know the answer she wants to hear, but is it the actual truth?  



Most of us naturally cherry pick a Scripture or two and then say, “Ahaa…this is what the Bible says about (fill in the blank)!”  For example, a person might very much like to read Ecclesiastes 10:19 and say, “Do you know what the Bible says about money? It says that money is the answer for everything!”



Imagine if I just read that one verse and said, “I have no need to read or hear anything else about the subject of money because here is exactly what the bible says about it and this is what I believe!” If I chose to do that, I would be the bird with one wing flying in circles, but going nowhere.  I would also likely have to stand before God on Judgment Day and give an account for my love of money.  I would also give an account for mishandling the word of truth. And when I said to Him, “But Lord, that’s what your word says!”  He might very likely look back at me and say, “My word also says … ‘There is no God’. (Psa 53:1), and yet here you stand before me now, so you should have kept reading…no bird can fly with only one wing.”





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HOMILIES ST ISAAC FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY
-FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY.

7:1The noetic renewal of the saints is the crown of the intellect and the understanding which have communion with God through the revelation of His glorious mysteries, but the universal renewal is the general resurrection of all.
HOMILIES ST ISAAC FROM THE SEVENTH CENTURY
HOMILIES ST ISAAC Epistle to Abba Symeon


Part II – An Epistle to Abba Symeon of Caesarea.
(The Greek printed text addresses this epistle to Symeon the Wonderworker, while the Greek manuscripts have Abba Symeon of Caesarea. Judging merely by the content of the epistle it seems most unlikely that it was written to Saint Symeon of the Wondrous Mountain (Near Antioch) who is also called the Wonderworker).

Your Epistle, O Holy Man, is not simply written words, but as in a mirror you have depicted therein and made manifest your love for us. As you think us to be, so have you written; and you have shown by your very actions that you love us exceedingly, so that on account of your great love, you forget our measure. For that which it were meet for us to write to your holiness and to ask, so as to learn the truth from you (if we were solicitous over our own salvation), this you have anticipated and written to us by reason of the magnitude of your love. But probably you did this with the art of [[divine]] philosophy, so that by means of the subtle and spiritual questions you ask me, my soul

HOMILIES ST ISAAC Epistle to Abba Symeon
HOMILIES ST ISAAC First Epistle Saint Makarios
Makarios The Great). [451]



APPENDIX C – The First Syriac Epistle of Saint Makarios of Egypt.
(Translated from the Syriac text edition by W. Strothmann in Die syrische Uberlieferung der Schriften des Makarios 1 (Wiesbaden, 1981) pp. 74-84).

Abba Makarios writes to all his beloved sons, exhorting and greeting them before all else. When a man wishes to know himself, to seek God, and to repent of what he has done in the time when he was heedless, God by His grace gives him sorrow over his former deeds.
Hereafter God, in His tender mercy, gives him bodily hardship through fasting and vigil, through a multitude of many prayers and renunciation of the world. And he grants him to bear abuse, to despise bodily comforts, and to love weeping more than laughter.
After this a man is given mourning, weeping, humility of heart and of body, and the ability not to see another man's failings, but only his own. Further he is granted to recollect the day of his departure from this world and how he must needs come before God, to have always before his eyes the torments to come, and to have depicted before his heart the glory and honor which those who love God will receive.
HOMILIES ST ISAAC First Epistle Saint Makarios
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