What’s the meaning of once saved always saved. And Jesus said don’t call me Lord Lord, I do not know you!
“Once saved always saved” means that a person who is a true Christian cannot lose their salvation. The problem is the individual who claims to be ‘born again’ and lives like a Christian but then turns away from the things of God. The Bible records the words of Jesus:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)
This verse, and many like it, make the case for a very important doctrine called the perseverance of the saints. The perseverance of the saints means all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.
“This definition has two parts to it. It indicates first that there is assurance to be given to those who are truly born again, for it reminds them that God’s power will keep them as Christians until they die, and they will surely live with Christ in heaven forever. On the other hand, the second half of the definition makes it clear that continuing in the Christian life is one of the evidences that a person is truly born again. It is important to keep this aspect of the doctrine in mind as well, lest false assurance be given to people who were never really believers in the first place. “ (Wayne Grudem)
In other words, our salvation is the work of God and if He is ‘saving’ you there will be evidence of His grace in your life.
Does the EPC/Gateway subscribed to all of the chapters in the Westminster Confessions of Faith? If not, what chapters and why?
Gateway subscribes to all the chapters of the Westminster Confession. If you have specific questions about anything in the Westminster Confession, please call Pastor Ben or Pastor Josh. 419-423-5947