STAYING SAVED (By: Mike Sherman)

We came to God acknowledging our need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We made a decision to repent of our sins, confess Christ as our Lord, and to be baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). After making that most important decision our focus changes to staying saved, to faithfully serving our Lord and Savior until He returns or we go on to be with Him. Most of the New Testament is written with the purpose of helping us “stay saved” and live a life that brings glory and honor to our heavenly father during our short stay in this world.

Certainly we have already experienced God’s Grace, His unmerited good will, loving kindness, and favor bestowed upon us. His provision for our salvation and redemption is an expression of His grace. Titus 2:11-14 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (12) It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (13) while we wait for the blessed hope–the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, (14) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

God intends for His amazing grace to save us and keep us saved as well- “It (Grace) teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,….”
God has provided for our need to “stay saved” when we continue to learn and lean on His wisdom to do so. IF we choose not to follow His ways it is possible to fall from grace.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (13) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

It’s up to us to “continue to walk in the light…”- 1 John 1:6-7 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. When we cease to conform to the will of God, we cease to be in fellowship or harmony with God; this is what apostasy or falling from grace is.

The challenge for us as Christians is to have a deep appreciation for God’s grace while at the same time a reverent fear of God’s wrath. A healthy balance of both motivates us to remain faithful to God until we go on to be with Him. Hebrews 10:26-29 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, (27) but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (28) Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. (29) How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

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