Once saved always saved, Is it True?


Question: Is it true that once a person is saved, they are always saved? Or is it a phrase that people say so that they can continue to sin?

The answer is no! A person can lose his or her salvation if they chose to.

John 10:27-28 says’ My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.…As we see from scripture His sheep will not follow another and no one can take us out from His hand. The problem with us is that we proclaim to be a sheep of Christ, but we are not really following Him with our hearts, which makes it very easy for us to listen to another’s voice and follow that voice.

Hebrews 6:4-6 says “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

God gives us a free-will which means we can either follow Christ or not follow Christ. So, the moment a person has decided in his or her heart to follow God we are instructed to live by the Word of God, so that we can live righteous. And yet we have people who have become saved and they have refused to live the righteous life that God has given them, why is that?

What causes a man to turn his heart away from God? The answer is sin. In 2 Timothy 3:2 its say’s for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boaster, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un-thankful and unholy.

As sheep, we must listen to the voice of God and recognize His voice, but when one does not spend time with God, they listen to those other voices that are out here in the world.

I pray that we all would have a burning desire to continue to follow Christ. To live in this world without Jesus is not living at all. Times are going to get hard things we have never endured before will present themselves to you.

Do not walk away but run to Jesus every day. In the Mighty Name I Jesus I pray. AMEN

16 Comments Add yours

  1. There are many verses that teach “once saved, always saved.” This important doctrine has to do with our understanding of God. He has chosen some people to receive salvation. (Romans 8:28) Those He has called He justifies and those He has justified, He also glorified. The glorification of the saints is a future event and we have God’s promise that it will occur. So God does the choosing according to His will (prior to the new birth our will is corrupt and we are unable to choose God.) Those chosen by God are given the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that we are saved and will receive the glorious inheritance that He has prepared for us. The indwelling Holy Spirit also enables true believers to persevere in the faith. There are many false converts who eventually fall away because they don’t have the Holy Spirit. 1John 2:19 explains why there are those went out from Jesus. Of all those the Father has chosen, not one will be snatched away by the evil one. It is His enduring promise!

  2. desirayl says:

    Bonnie thank you for adding to today’s devotion. It is a topic in which one rarely hears anymore.

  3. Hannah says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s very true, “Living in the world without Jesus is not living at all.” Living with Jesus in our lives is a daily, minute by minute dedication. We literally can’t live without him. We’d be like a fish out of water or people without oxygen.

  4. desirayl says:

    Thank you Hannah, we need Him just like you said, minute by minute.

    Thank you for reading it and sharing your thoughts.

    Have a bless day my sister in Christ.

  5. I cannot imagine the idea of some people who embrace a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ to one day walk away, and as Ms. Roerdink points out, Scripture is quite supportive of “once saved, always saved.” Still, this is one of those topics that continue to be widely debated in theological circles. The real question in my mind is not whether such people have lost their salvation; instead, were they actually saved, did they truly give themselves over to Jesus Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, or were they playing church? The answer is the latter, I suspect. It is always a pleasure to read and engage your posts, Desiray. Please keep up the good work for our Lord. 🙂

  6. desirayl says:

    It seems hard to imagine that someone would leave the faith. But it is very real. People who followed Jesus left the faith.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Darryl. Have a bless day.

  7. If this is true, then why bother sharing the gospel? Jesus Himself said that salvation is “to whoever believes”. Therefore, if it is about God choosing us for salvation, then we need not share the gospel because everyone He has chosen will be saved. The predestined part comes into play that after we believe, there are glorious things prepared before for us. It has already been decided in the heavenly courts, not our salvation. Wonderful Jesus!

  8. This topic is truly a topic of much debate. I have meditating in Ephesians, where predestined things are mentioned frequently. Some of those things that are predestined are: we are adopted in the family of God, we have been seated in heavenly places, we have access to the exceeding riches of His grace…However, like Darryl, I wonder if they were saved in the beginning. Maybe we aren’t sharing the whole gospel enough for people to make solid commitments to the Lord. I have be saved by His grace for over 50 years. Nothing has been more glorious in my life and I can’t imagine living life without my Lord! Thanks sis! Great discussion! Wonderful Jesus!

  9. desirayl says:

    I thought the exact same thing years ago just like you. This is truly a deep topic that one can not explain in a day. That is why when I posted this I used just the verses of how Jesus had many disciples at first.

    In John 6: 60-67 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

    61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

    66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

    67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

    68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

    70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

  10. desirayl says:

    Sis you are so right it is topic to talk about. It does make one check their relationship with Jesus. Maybe those who left the faith really wasn’t saved at all. Of all the verses in the bible, that is the one thing that I never want to do and that is walk away or turn my back on my Salvation.

    I agree with you on that statement that perhaps we are not sharing the solid gospel. When we water down the gospel we have people who are confused.

    Let us keep praying that Pastors, Teachers and anyone in Laity preach the word and not water it down to make people feel comfortable in their sins.

    Again thank you sis for engaging in this topic with me. God bless you!

  11. You too, Lady! Wonderful Jesus!

  12. “Whoever believes” are those the Father has predestined or predetermined to receive salvation. Romans 10:14 explains why we are to share the gospel. The elect of God still need to hear the gospel; perhaps many times over, until their inner being and will have been transformed by God, enabling them to believe. Prior to this regeneration of transformation, everyone is spiritual dead and therefore cannot understand and receive that which is spiritual. Regarding predestination: pre means before, and destination is the place we are going, in this instance, heaven. So God pre determined who will be saved and inherit His Kingdom. This was decided before the foundation of the world. See Ephesians 1:4-5 it’s all there in His Word and the truths are glorious! Thanks for inquiring.

  13. Those who followed Jesus were not of Jesus. So they eventually left. See:1 John 2:19. God knows exactly who is elect are and when that moment comes, that born again moment when the Holy Spirit Baptizes the new believer, their fate is sealed. The Holy Spirit is a guarantee of this persons salvation. See Ephesians 1:14 and 2Corinthians 1:22. Scripture has been so infected with human philosophy that many doctrinal truths have been distorted. It is beneficial to pray and ask the Father to remove beliefs we may have that don’t line up with scripture. It’s a life time endeavor to search for scriptural truth and a labor of love, so they say.

  14. Yes, there many false converts including those who repeat a prayer (a parrot could do that) or answer an emotional altar call. Children raised attending church may think they are Christians as a result, and then there are infant baptisms in which the baptizes informs the parents that their child is now of the Gods family. God will save all those He has appointed to salvation despite the fact that they may hear a watered down gospel. God will send another who proclaims the true gospel at just the right moment.

  15. Ms. Roerdink, It seems part of the debate centers on the term “disciple,” which infers that someone has accepted and dedicated themselves to sharing a specific doctrine. Still, many people during the days of Jesus’ ministry appeared to follow Him not because of who He was/is, but because of His performed miracles. In other words, they followed Him just for the fringe benefits, not the teaching, which is the point you make that they followed Him but were not of Him. We see the same thing today in that many people want His blessings, not His instruction.

    Based on my understanding of Scripture, people born again in Christ Jesus are saved and sealed until the day of their redemption (Eph. 4:30). While people can stray from God and fall out of fellowship with Him because of unconfessed sin, their salvation remains sealed nonetheless. Nicodemus provides an excellent analogy in that one cannot reenter his mother’s womb to be physically born again; neither can one who has been spiritually reborn be unborn of the Spirit. When I consider the idea that a person can lose her salvation, I question how she can ever have the assurance of salvation because John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

    Still, at day’s end, only God knows who among us is genuinely born again, and a steadfast follower of Jesus Christ dedicated to proclaiming His good news to the world. Here is a thought, if the body of Christ, the church, were doing its job, the debate of whether people could or could not lose their salvation would be null and void. What an excellent discussion here, so thank you, Desiray, for entertaining my comments. 😉 Blessings to you, my sister.

  16. desirayl says:

    Brother Darryl you are more than welcome. I thank God for each one of you for engaging in this topic. May we all continue to grow and seek the truth in all scriptures. AMEN

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