Saturday, March 30, 2013

Eternal Security: Helps on Difficult Passages

We learn the true sense of a verse by its context. If we ignore the context, we are apt to miss the mind of God. These are portions that are often misunderstood when it comes to the subject of eternal security.

1 Corinthians 9:27-A counterfeit coin is rejected because it is counterfeit, not because it has become one. This verse does not teach that a real believer can become unsaved, but that a real believer like the Apostle Paul (who is being examined by the carnal Corinthians, 9:1-2) can so run by the Spirit (Rom 8:130, "not as uncertainly," but certain that he himself would not be finally rejected! Judas had "preached to others" while he all the time was "the son of perdition" (Jn. 17;12,Mt. 7:21-23, 2 Cor.11:15, 13:5-7, 2 Tim. 1:12, Jn 6:37, 39).

Ezekiel 18:24- Carefully distinguish between the Old Covenant which demanded righteousness, and the New which bestows God's righteousness (Jn.1:17, Rom. 3:10, 19-24, 9:30-32, 10:2-4).

Matthew 12:31-These hardened opposers of God seal their own doom by blasphemously charging that the perfect expression of the Holy Spirit's power int he Lord was Satan's power (Mt. 12:24, 28, Rom. 4:8).

Matthew 12:43-45- "My house" is reformed Israel become apostate (2 Chron. 34:1-7, Mt. 23:29, 36, 24:15, 21). Luke and Peter refer to privileged professors of faith in Christ in a similar way (Titus 1:16, Luke 11:24-26, 2 Pet. 2:20-22).

Matthew 18:27, 34 – Here the unforgiving is governmentally punished as also the child of God now (1 Cor. 5:5, 11:32, Eph. 4:32), and the nation of Israel (Lk. 23:34, 1 Thess 2:15-16, Is. 40:2). The mere professor is eternally punished (Jm. 2:13).

Mathew 24:13- This is physical deliverance to tribulation saints when Christ comes. (Mt. 24:3, 6, 14, 22). It has nothing to do with the Christian of this age.

John 15:2, 6- Mere profession is a worthless "branch" (Jn. 6:60, 64, 66, 13:10, 11, 30, 15:3, Mt. 13:6, 8).

Acts 8:13, 20-23- Simon Magus was not a real Christian (Lk. 8:13, Jn. 2:23-25, 8:30-31, 37).

Romans 3:25- The sins of the Old Testament saints which had been only provisionally "covered" were now by the cross "put away" (Heb. 9;26).

Romans 8:13- Our manner of life proves which road we travel (Rom. 8:6, 2:6-11)!

Romans 11:22- For the present God has set Israel aside and His testimony is now toward the Gentiles (Rom. 11:13, 25), but soon due to slighting their privileges, Laodicean Christendom in turn will be spued out and God will take up Israel again (Rev. 3:16).

1 Corinthians 8:11- If we lead a brother to act contrary to his conscience, he will suffer in the flesh (1 Cor. 5:5, 11:30, Heb. 12:13, 2 Cor. 4:16). Romans 14 teaches us to respect such a believer's weak and limited intelligence in the truth.

1 Corinthians 10:12- Paul warns lusting professors against trusting in privileges instead of Christ (1 Cor. 10:1-12, Heb. 3:17-4:2). But it is not presumptuous for the believer to be certain of going to heaven (Phil. 1:6, 3:20-21, 2 Tim. 1:12, 1 Jn. 3:2, 5:10-13).

2 Corinthians 5:10- This judgment is judgment to determine the Christian's eternal destiny (Jn. 5:24, 1 Pet. 2:24), but it is a review of his works, and giving of the rewards (1 Cor. 3:11-15). Ponder and believe Revelation 20:6.

Galatians 5:4- The Galatians were giving up the principle of grace (which saved and kept them) by making their "keeping saved" depend upon their works. Paul condemned this bad teaching (Gal. 1:6, 3:33, 5:1 Acts 15:11, 24, Rom. 11:16).

Colossians 1:23- Philosophy would soon sift any of the Colossians who were not established in the faith (Col. 2:4, 7-8, Lk. 8:13, 15).

Hebrews 2:3- There was danger of the Hebrews professed Christians giving up Christianity (Heb. 12:25, 10:38-39, 2 Tim. 3:7, Lk. 8:13, 15).

Hebrews 3:6- A warning to any who lacked faith in the "promised land" lest they give up the journey. Firm confidence of faith in His word is strongly commended (Heb. 6:11-12, 10:35-36, 11:6, Rom. 9:3, Acts 13:38-42).

Hebrews 6:4-6- Privileged by Judaism (Heb. 6:1-2) and by Christianity (Heb. 6:4-5), those Hebrews who had been enlightened by "tasting" Christ and His word and were companions with the Holy Spirit in the assembly, yet who rejected it all and ell away, had no hope. They had turned from the best God had to offer, salvation through the death of His Son (Mt. 26:15-16, 1 Jn. 2:19).

Hebrews 10:26- For those who were not real to turn from the cross back to Jewish sacrifices would mean certain doom (Heb. 10:29, 39, 10:8-9, Jn. 8:24, 1 Jn.2:19).

2 Peter 1:10- Spiritually diligent Christians will not fall into a state of unfruitfulness (Prov. 13:4, 19:15, 24:30-33, Ps. 37:24, Jude 24).

2 Peter 2:1- The ransom price purchased all, but only those who have faith profit from it (Rom. 3:22, 1 Tim. 2;6, Mt. 13:38,44).

2 Peter 2:21-22- Mere professors knowing the way of salvation, but lacking faith, give it up. They were never sheep, but only washed sows, mere dogs (Ruth1 :15).

2 Peter 3:17- Peter warns against the coming corruptions of false teachers lest we be caught in their errors (Acts 2:42, 20:29-30, 2 Tim 2:26).

1 John 1:7- John speaks of not how we walk, as does Ephesians 5:8, but where, as in Colossians 1:13 and 1 Peter 2:9. It is not a question of "applying" the blood, as in John 6:53, but its abiding efficacy for all Christians.

Jude 5- Mere professors, those who were "natural, not having the Spirit" (Jude 19 JND) and who had been privileged by knowing the truth but who lived indifferently toward the Lord who bought them, would incur eternal judgment (Ex. 14:30, Heb. 3:12, 17-4:2, Rev. 3:16).

Revelation 2:10- All believers "have" eternal life (Jn. 3:36, 5:24, 6:47, 1Jn. 5:13). But here, in view of persecution unto death, (Rev. 2:8-10), the crown is promised as an encouraging reward (Jm. 1:12, 1 Cor. 15:55, 57, Acts 7:54-8:3, 2 Tim. 2:13).

Revelation 3:5- "You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead" (Rev. 3:1). Such a person may be written in the book of some denomination. But of a child of God (1Jn. 5:4-5), God says He, "will not blot out his name out of the book of life" (Rev. 13:8, 17:8, Eph. 1:3-6, Rom. 8:28-30, 37).

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