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May 5, 2024

Understanding the Doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (Hebrews 6)

Passage: Hebrews 6
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In our journey of faith, a question often arises: Can a Christian lose their salvation? It's a debate that has stirred the minds of believers for centuries, and today, we'll delve into this discussion. But while we explore this topic, it's important to remember not to let it divide us; rather, let's seek understanding and unity.

Hebrews 6 sets the stage by urging believers to move beyond elementary principles to deeper spiritual maturity. Just as we progress from elementary school to more advanced education, so too should our understanding of the foundational aspects of Christianity grow. We're reminded of the basic doctrines: repentance, faith, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. These are the building blocks upon which our faith stands.

Repentance and faith mark the beginning of a Christian's journey. We repent, acknowledging then turning from our sinfulness, and we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. This is the first step, akin to learning the fundamentals in elementary school. Sanctification follows, involving consecration and purification. Baptism and the laying on of hands are symbolic acts of consecration and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. Glorification is the final stage, where we are transformed into a perfect, sinless state in eternity.

The passage in Hebrews 6:4-6 has caused much division in the church, particularly regarding the security of salvation. Some argue that Christians can lose their salvation, while others maintain that this passage doesn't refer to true believers. We, however, seek a balanced, biblical perspective. While we acknowledge the warnings in Scripture, we also stand firm on the promises of God.

The impossibility mentioned in Hebrews 6:6 isn't about someone falling into sin or struggling; it's about outright rejection of Christ after experiencing His grace. It's like crucifying Christ again and saying His sacrifice wasn't enough. This isn't about losing salvation; it's about the impossibility of finding salvation outside of Christ.

The analogy of the earth in Hebrews 6:7-8 illustrates the outcome of our lives: either bearing fruit or thorns. It's about being in or out of Christ. If we're in Him, we bear fruit; if not, we bear thorns. But there's hope. As long as we're alive, there's time to turn to Jesus and receive blessings from God.

We can be confident of better things concerning believers, things that accompany salvation. Being in Christ brings blessings, both material and spiritual. Yet, being a follower of Christ isn't just about receiving blessings; it's about being a blessing to others. We're called to serve and love one another, to minister to each other's needs.

Our confidence isn't based on our works but on God's promises. His promises are unchanging, confirmed by His oath. We have an anchor for our souls in the promise of God, something greater and more reliable than anything in this world. God promised salvation to those who believe in His Son, and His promise stands true.

So, let us hold fast to the infallible promise of God. As we navigate the complexities of faith, let's remember Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville under the leadership of Pastor Allen Victor, where we seek to grow spiritually and love one another.

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