Putting it All Together

The measure of faith

Do you quote Bible verses? Do you try to put them together for different situations? Sometimes what we know can feel like a jig-saw-puzzle. We know the right Bible scriptures, but just can’t quite see the bigger picture.

Let’s answer one very important question first: “Can I lose my salvation?” (And yes, I know about what it says in Hebrews chapter 6, but I’m not going there today.)

My answer to people who ask that question is: Were all your sins in the future when Christ died for you? Yes, you and I weren’t even born yet. Did you do anything other than believe to get saved? No. so what makes us think what we do can make us lose it? You nor I did anything to save ourselves.

Back to salvation. The problem is, until a believer has the proper teaching and understanding, they will look at things in the perspective of “time.” God looks at things in the perspective of “eternity,” which is entirely outside of time. God sees all of time at once.

God was totally satisfied with the sacrifice that was made on the cross for you and me – propitiation.

At the cross, God took every sin that man would ever commit and placed them all on Jesus Christ, His beloved Son. The wages, penalty for sin is death, and that was the punishment that was required by the law for sin, but was placed on Jesus. This was done for all time, in one single action.

God poured out all His anger and punishment that you and I deserved on His Son. Romans 3:25, 26 says, “Whom set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, (Verse 26) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Now it may take some a long time to believe this, but if you don’t then you will always feel guilty of what you’ve done and think you have to do something to make it right with God.

This is one of those scriptures that has to be read over and over again to understand the full meaning. In other words: There is no wrath left for the born-again believer because you and I were made “just” by what was done in, through, and to Christ.

So the issue of sin was dealt with completely by Jesus, at the cross.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This gift of eternal life starts when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. So my question to someone who asks me, “Can I lose my salvation” is, “Would you give back the gift of eternal life to the giver?” Nope!

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