Security of the Believer ( Part Two )
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free "- John 8:32
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This is a continuation of the last lesson concerning the Security of the Believer, in which God's part was discussed. This lesson is about the believer's part in maintaining that security. This may come as a surprise to some folks who have been led to believe that once you are saved, you are always saved, no matter how you conduct your life. But salvation has always been a two part thing, God's part and man's part.

When a person is saved by the grace of God, (through obedience to the gospel) then it's up to that person to maintain that salvation. And that salvation is maintained by "walking in the light" as 1 John 1:7 says. But notice, it says "IF" we "walk in the light". What if we don't walk in the light? Can we expect the same blessings as those who do walk in the light, i.e. the forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God? It is amazing that people still fall for Satan's lies concerning this, in light of what the Bible teaches. Satan put the same lie in Eve's ear, didn't he? Although she enjoyed fellowship with God, it mattered greatly how she lived. So it is with Christians today. We are to "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" Col.1:10.

To think that God will save one no matter how he lives is evident of a misunderstanding concerning the character of God. God cannot and will not tolerate sin. And even though we all sin, "the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin",......."if we walk in the light", (I John 1:7), and live like God wants us to live.

Salvation, yes it has two parts; "GRACE" which is God's part, and
"OBEDIENCE" which is man's part. But to those who think man is in no danger of being lost once he's saved, listen to Heb.12:14 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord".

Security of the believer, yes, the Bible teaches this great truth, but it's conditional. A Christian must live as God directs in his word. In the next lesson we'll take a final look at this subject, looking at some scriptures that are used to try and uphold the teaching of once saved, always saved, and various other scriptures such as Rev. 3:5 concerning the book of life.

For "Plain Truth",
Butch Ellis