Who’s Sovereign in Salvation? – Part 13 – Arminianism: Uncertain Perseverance
In the last post on this topic, Part 12, we finished looking at the Arminian doctrine of Resistible Grace. Now we’ll take a look at the Arminian doctrine of Uncertain Perseverance: Although God’s grace has been extended to, and accepted by, the believer, he may still “fall from grace” and thus lose his salvation.
At the moment of new birth, the believer is granted eternal life and has passed from death to life.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
He who believes in the Son has eternal life . . .
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
The believer is then kept by the power of God and He will not allow anything to come between Him and His people, nor will He allow them to turn from Him.
I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You Holy Father, keep them in Your name . . . I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
John 17:11, 15
35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36) Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
37) But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38) For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Furthermore, His people will never be lost nor come under His judgment.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
7) so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8) who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9) God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9
To be continued . . .
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