Perseverance Of The Saints: Assurance Of Salvation

fb_img_1475583156578There is what is called doctrines of grace amongst those who hold to Reformed Theology or Calvinism. Reformed Theology or Calvinism is nothing strange. Just as some describe themselves as Pentecostals or Charismatics, Reformed Theology or Calvinism is a branch of Christianity with specific beliefs from Scripture.

The doctrines of grace is acronised as TULIP: “Reformed Christians believe that all five of the doctrines of grace are derived directly from the Scripture and that the acronym TULIP accurately describes the Bible’s teaching on soteriology—the doctrine of salvation”[1]TULIP as an acronym represents: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace And Perseverance of the Saints. A study of what these represents can begin from here.

Here is a brief explanation of the last letter of TULIP–P which is the focus of this article.

Perseverance of the Saints – The particular people God has elected and drawn to Himself through the Holy Spirit will persevere in faith. None of those whom God has elected will be lost; they are eternally secure in Him (John 10:27–29; Romans 8:29–30; Ephesians 1:3–14). Some Reformed theologians prefer to use the term “Preservation of the Saints” as they believe that this choice of words more accurately describes how God is directly responsible for the preservation of His elect. It is clear in Scripture that Christ continues to intercede for His people (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). This continues to provide believers with the assurance that those that belong to Christ are eternally His. [2]

Now, when I first became convinced of Reformed Theology, one of the doctrines of grace I grasped quickly was the last letter P–Perseverance/Preservation  of The Saints. Some nickname it “Once Saved Always Saved” with a smirk of negativity though. Why I so quickly grasped it could probably be because I have had my own battles with doubt about my salvation and was desperately seeking for assurance to know I was indeed saved. What a joy to discover I couldn’t lose my salvation if indeed I was saved.

Assurance of salvation is the believer’s right and every believer must be “…the more diligent to confirm [their] calling and election” (1Peter 1:10). That said, it is crucial we don’t give ourselves and others false assurances of salvation if indeed we are not saved. The basis of assurance is for those “who are in Christ Jesus”. It is not for those outside Christ. For those in Christ, there is no condemnation. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1). So first things first. A sinner must be saved before they can have any assurance of salvation. Though when saved, they might have seasons of doubt.

When we are saved, we must bear fruit. Yet, we  don’t have to look at ourselves for assurance of salvation. Our human emotion is too frail and a bad barometer for measuring our assurance of salvation. What must be done? Look to God in His word. Seek and dig the word of God for your assurance because it is in God’s world we are told we are sinners and how we need to be saved and possess salvation.

Regardless of your feelings of doubt about your salvation, if you are truly saved, be assured “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). If you have it, that is, if you are saved, you can’t lose it. The believer is eternally secure.

Notes

1: https://www.google.com.gh/amp/s/gotquestions.org/amp/doctrines-of-grace.ht

2: ibid

Recommended reading

1: Five Points Towards A Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper

2: Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul

3: Chosen For Eternity by John MacArthur

4: For Calvinism by Michael Horton

Other resources can be accessed from monergism.com a reliable place for Reformed resources

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13 thoughts on “Perseverance Of The Saints: Assurance Of Salvation

  1. There are enough Christians who more than once do not tell the truth or even keep not to their own (1st) married woman. There are Christians who misuse others or cheat them. The apostles in their epistles mention a whole lot of things also Christians do, even when they are baptised.
    Do you sincerely believe that if they do not repent (= an act of seeing than one has done something wrong + and act of asking forgiveness = 2 works) they still can enter God’s Kingdom. So those who committed fornication and murder would not have to worry because they are always saved. (?!?)

    Please do not believe that. The one born of God who “cannot sin” means not that he is not able to sin, but that he is not allowed to sin.

    “No one who is born of God makes a practice of sinning, because the God-given life-principle continues to live in him, and so he cannot practice sinning, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9 Williams)

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    • First of all, the error many make about eternal security is the idea that those who profess faith in Christ can afterwards go on to moral laxity and that is exactly what you are postulating here: “So those who committed fornication and murder would not have to worry because they are always saved. (?!?)”. A believer must live coram deo—daily in the presence of God–confessing and repenting of their sin(s). Moral laxity is not what is meant by eternal security or perseverance of the saints or Once saved always saved.

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    • Those who are truly saved will not go on living a sinful lifestyle according to 1 John 3:6 which says, 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. And also 1 John 3:9 says, 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

      As you can see a true believer in Jesus Christ is born again and is not the same person. One who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ and continues in sin was never saved in the first place according to 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

      The thing is with you Christadelphians is that you make yourselves to be the savior by getting into heaven with your effort (works) by being good enough. That is heresy and is condemned in Galatians 1:5, chp. 5

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      • So than you would say lots of people in your church and in many other denominations, by protestants as well as Catholics are not really reborn and not in Christ, even not popes and bishops, because we can find still people under them who do not tell the truth, who do things which are considered sins according God’s Word.

        Then it is also marvelous, not ot say incredible, that you never drive your car to fast, that you never argue with your wife or with other people, that you never tell lies and can manage never to do something wrong. We, feeling reborn must commit that we cannot say that. We have to tell you that we do have weak moments at times, when we commit sin. But naturally you would tell us we are not re-born and we are not in Christ.

        You seem to have no idea about Christadelphian teachings because you write and think that we “ourselves to be the savior by getting into heaven with your effort (works) by being good enough.” though we do not believe most of the saved people shall come into heaven … the Kingdom of God for the majority taking part here on earth.

        You also write we think it are our good works getting us somewhere, which is also a totally wrong interpretation of us saying we need to stay on the right track (or if you want have to do good) not to miss the entrance of the Kingdom of God. Something totally different than having to do those things for gaining the salvation. Salvation is given freely to all. No works are necessary to receive the salvation. But to keep the value of the salvation is an other matter.

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      • I am amazed how surface your understanding of scripture is. When it says in 1 John 3:9
        No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

        “Cannot keep on sinning” is referring to a person that lives a life of repentance and is not void of sinning but doesn’t live a perpetual life of sinning but every time he does fall, he will repent so that he can continue in obedience to the Word of God. .

        You teach work based salvation which is forfeiting grace and want to take Jesus’ place and save yourselves. You guys preach false doctrine and if you don’t repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and only Savior you will not be saved. All religion teach that through their efforts they can make it to heaven by pushing Jesus out of the way, for examples: 7th day Adventist, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Christadelphian and Catholicism. All false religion teach work based salvation, faith is not works like some false say, being baptized is not works because baptizing occurs after the person puts their faith in Jesus and are saved. We get baptize not for salvation put for confession in letting those around us know that we are committed to Jesus Christ and are born a new because of faith in Jesus.

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      • WOW! did you read what I wrote or are you that blind? I’m going to quote
        myself in what I said because you seem not to understand.

        ““Cannot keep on sinning” is referring to a person that lives a life of repentance and is not void of sinning but doesn’t live a perpetual life of sinning but every time he does fall, he will repent so that he can continue in obedience to the Word of God.”

        Did you get that? Is not void of sinning but repents when he sins because if he doesn’t repent than he is living a sinful lifestyle without remorse of his sins, proving him of being void of the Holy Spirit.

        Everybody sins and no one is exempt because we have a sinful nature (flesh) The difference between a true Christian and an unbeliever is that a Christian repents because the Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts and they are born a new but the unbelievers are not saved and have don’t repent because their sins don’t bother them.

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      • Repenting in Greek is to change ones mind either on the person of Jesus Christ, being the savior of the world and acknowledging that ones sins is keeping them away from God.

        Repenting makes you sorry for your sins and for rejecting Jesus. Repenting just makes you aware of your state and brings you to the feet of Jesus so that you may put your faith in Him for salvation. All you have to do for salvation is faith in Jesus which isn’t works. Repentance brings you to your senses.

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      • Repentance in Greek:

        3340 metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, “changed after being with” and 3539 /noiéō, “think”) – properly, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent (literally, “think differently afterwards”).

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