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Eternal Life!  Eternal Or Temporary?

Perhaps in this discussion about how long our gift of eternal life lasts we need to discuss how we get it in the first place. You see, first of all, eternal life is not a reward which would be earned, but a gift. A gift is freely given without conditions...at least if it is to truly be a gift.

The way to have eternal life:

In order to have salvation that is to have eternal life there are a few basic steps we need to follow. This is so important I want to go over them,

1:   We need to realize we have sinned. Romans 3:23   For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God This means we have failed to met the goal of being perfect in order to enter heaven. Few of us would question this.

2:   The penalty for the sin that we are guilty of is death. Romans 6:23 tells us The wages of sin is death. (Death is separation. When our body dies, our soul is separated from our body. Eternal death is when we die without doing what is being explained here and then our spirit is separated from God for eternity.


Since the only price we can pay for our own sin is to be separated from God forever, it stands to reason that there is no way we can pay for our sin ourselves. We thus come to the 2nd part of Romans 6:23: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord.

3:   2nd Corinthians 5:21 informs us: For he hath made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus Christ, God's only Son became sin for us so that we can be freed from the penalty of sin. What then do we need to do?

4:   For GOD so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten Son that whosoever (read YOUR name here) believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Please note the ONLY condition given is that we believe in Jesus Christ for full payment for our sin.

Now if we only learn these facts, even though we may understand that they are true and believe them. that is only knowing ABOUT GOD. How do we KNOW HIM then? It is APPLYING that payment to our account. This would be like having a check to pay a bill and putting the check on a desk. The bill does not get paid because the check was never APPLIED to your account. Once we know and believe the facts pointed out above, the next step is to TALK to God much as you and I would and admit that we have fallen short of what He wants. We recognize that we deserve to be separated from a Holy God. We then tell Him that we know that He has provided a payment for all our sin and this payment was Jesus Christ when He died on a cross. It is at this time we ask God to APPLY THIS PAYMENT TO OUR ACCOUNT. We ask God to credit as PAYMENT IN FULL for all our sin the price Jesus paid for us. It is this step that gives us eternal life. If we do all but this step, we know about God. When we do this step, we will KNOW God and we will have eternal life.

John 3
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Please note that the ONLY condition placed on us for salvation is to believe.

John 10: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

God is holding on to US...we do not hold on to HIM. Consider a father and a child crossing a busy street. Would a loving father allow that child to hold on to his hand? or would he hold the child's hand?

If the child was doing the holding, he could let go and wander into danger if he say something that lured him. perhaps a shiny object in the road? But if Dad was doing the holding on, that child may try to pull away...but he would not succeed! Remember, God is holding on to us...
Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

John 6
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Notice that this does not say He will lose none "except"?

Hebrews 10
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Santicified means to set apart. WHEN we trust Christ, we are set apart. Jesus was our sacrifice ONCE for all time. IF we could lose our salvation, Christ would have to die again to resave us. I believe Christ came ONCE to do this...the NEXT time there will not be a Calvary, the Next time...He will be coming FOR Me!

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Is God not powerful enough to keep all those that trust in HIM?

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Question....If we could lose salvation...HOW would we KNOW we have it? How would we know we would not slip and fall a moment before death and lose it?

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Proverbs 3
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.


Ahhhh the promise of correction. We do not "correct" other peoples children. We correct our own but a loving parent does not throw them out. (yes we do know there are some that do abandon their children and/or throw them out) When our children do wrong we correct them. When they willfully disobey us, they lose rewards. Have we not told our children that if they do or do not do what they are suppose to they will not get that surprise? How many surprises have WE missed out on from God because WE did not obey? Still, this promise of Chastisement is so precious because it means we are still part of the family. SOME chastisement can be so server however that it does cause physical and premature death of the BODY

1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (die) Verse 31, for if we would judge ourselves we should not be judged 32: But when we are judged we are chastened of the Lord that we should NOT BE CONDEMNED WITH THE WORLD.

YES we ARE judged. but as Christians, As HIS Children, we are NOT judged for salvation.. our works are judged for rewards. Remember, as a Christian we are not at the WHITE THRONE Judgment but the Judgment seat of Christ. Our SALVATION is NOT in question

1 Corinthians 3
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13: Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's;
23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.


1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.



WOW. Paul said this "Christian's" sin was so bad the unsaved would not even mention it...but still look at verse 5...that the FLESH can be destroyed so the SPIRIT will be SAVED. (go back to 1 Corinthians 11:30-32)

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway This indicates that Paul did not want to be set aside...and not USED by God...it does not indicate lost of salvation

1 Corinthians 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

NOTE: Salvation is NOT a reward...it is a GIFT

If someone gives us a GIFT...do they take it back? For example, If someone told me they would give me a new car...but I had to mow their lawn each week for a year, would it be a gift? Oh I may well mow their lawn out of appreciation but not because I had to.

It is a PRESENT possession

Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Willful or known unconfessed SIN will block our prayers from being heard and/or answered.

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

We do not get away with SIN. We lose fellowship. Much as if someone borrowed $100 from us promising to pay it back on Monday. Monday comes and goes and he does not have the money. So the next time he sees us, he avoids us. We may value the friendship far more then the money but we have lost that too...not because of us but because the person we loaned the money to has changed. If at some point he comes to us to say he can not pay us, we may well say it is forgiven, our relationship and fellowship is so much more important. My friend...that is the way it is with our wonderful Lord. Our friendship and fellowship is more important but WE have moved.

If this happens use 1 John 1:9 to restore fellowship and Joy...John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness


David said in Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

He did not say restore salvation. This was even after he was guilty of adultery and murder. If we could lose salvation...would not these sins do it?

Romans chapters 1-8 are also good to show we can not lose salvation. GRACE covers is but Romans 6:1 asks should we sin MORE so that we can have more Grace? God forbid that we treat grace like that... A child knows his parents still love him even after he does wrong. should he do more wrong to get more love? God forbid.

Romans 8
1 There is therefore now NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Now let's look at one section that SEEMS to say we need works...James...faith without works is dead!

Our WORKS are judged in James, but again NOT for salvation.

James 2
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (if we lose salvation by willful sin, why would he only say we do well to obey?)
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Now stay with me...here we see faith but it is not the same saving faith Paul speaks about. Look carefully at the red sections. ONE Sin caused is to NEED salvation so how many sins would it take to LOSE salvation once we had it ....IF we could lose it? Would it not be ONE SIN? Would it need to be willful sin? Not according to the Word of God. For ALL have sinned...Romans 3:23. but lets go on. What then is James talking about?


 Have we not seen some that profess to be Christians that even WE have said if that is a Christian, I would not want it? As a Christian for us to live like that, none of those around us would be able to tell. our life, our faith would not profit anyone. WE are the ONLY Bible many will ever see. If we do not have good works...How will it profit the unsaved to see us? THIS is what James is talking about....without WORKS we will not profit others. Abraham was justified by his faith BEFORE he offers his son...so we know verse 21 does not refer to that. (see below) For others to know...he had to offer Isaac. For us for others to know who we are...we need to SHOW them by our works or we will be no different then anyone else. We need to put our money where our mouth is.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Abraham was justified before God BEFORE he offered Issac but he was justified before man when he showed his faith by doing so.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things his bodydone in , according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Now remember, and apple tree that does not bear apples is still an apple tree, but it will be pruned to produce apples if it is in an orchard. I was pruned and it hurts...it hurts because I know I did not please my Lord. It is now my goal to produce fruit not because I am afraid for my salvation, but because I want to please HIM.

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more works

One of the most common terms for salvation is SAVED! If you could not swim and you somehow were in the middle of a lake. a mile off shore and I came along with a boat and pulled you in the boat and took you to within a half mile of shore and then threw you back in the water.......would I have SAVED you? How about 1/4 mile? 500 feet? 50 No my friend...the ONLY way I will have SAVED you is to TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO SHORE.

THIS is what Jesus IS doing for us...1 John 3

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Willful or known unconfessed SIN will block our prayers from being heard and/or answered.

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

We do not get away with SIN. We lose fellowship. Much as if someone borrowed $100 from us promising to pay it back on Monday. Monday comes and goes and he does not have the money. So the next time he sees us, he avoids us. We may value the friendship far more then the money but we have lost that too...not because of us but because the person we loaned the money to has changed. If at some point he comes to us to say he can not pay us, we may well say it is forgiven, our relationship and fellowship is so much more important. My friend...that is the way it is with our wonderful Lord. Our friendship and fellowship is more important but WE have moved.

If this happens use 1 John 1:9 to restore fellowship and Joy...John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

Reward a future attainment

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Even if we deny Christ after salvation, He will Not deny us

Numbers 21:
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

John 3:
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

NOTICE once again the ONLY condition to live when a snake bit you...was to LOOK and live...WE now Trust and live. The power was and IS God's for healing of our soul.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things his done in body , according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

James 2:14...see verse 13

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more works

One of the most common terms for salvation is SAVED! If you could not swim and you somehow were in the middle of a lake. a mile off shore and I came along with a boat and pulled you in the boat and took you to within a half mile of shore and then threw you back in the water.......would I have SAVED you? How about 1/4 mile? 500 feet? 50 No my friend...the ONLY way I will have SAVED you is to TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO SHORE.

THIS is what Jesus IS doing for us...1 John 3

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.


CONCLUSION: Since there was nothing I could do to get eternal life, there is also nothing I can do to keep it. I work BECAUSE I am saved, Not to GET saved. Eph 2:8 and 9 goes one to say in verse 10 "For we are His workmanship created in Christ unto good works which God hath made before ordained that we should walk in them. If we as His child do not and will not do what He ask, we will be chastened, This promise of chastisement is reassuring because it means we will not be thrown out of the family.

Our WORKS are what we return to HIM...and I for one do not want to go to Him empty handed. I want to do so much more for HIM... and be able to really say the longer I SERVE Him the sweeter He grows...

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