OUT OF THE WOODS
by J.F.T. Woods
Q. In the Grace Believer you say that the believer can never lose his salvation. What if the believer stops believing?"
A. This is a good question. It is frequently asked. There are at least 36 things provided to the believer through the crosswork of Christ. They are all wrought by God, in grace, and for Eternity, and therefore cannot be forfeited, no matter what! If I cease to believe in my earthly father, he does not cease to be my father, nor do I cease to be his son. Our Lord said, "And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck them out of my hand" (John 10:28). First, notice that this life is a gift. Faith did not merit it! Faith is a non-meritorious act. Believing is the only thing that we can do without doing anything. Faith does not save us...it links us to salvation. Christ saves us...He is the Savior.
We are not saved by anything that you or I could do...even by believing. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith is simply the channel through which salvation flows. Second, this life is eternal. If a man could lose it by ceasing to believe, it could not be called eternal, but would have to be called temporal. An eternal gift cannot cease to be an eternal gift. Third, those who receive this eternal gift never perish. If it could be withdrawn on the basis of the believer ceasing to believe, this statement of our Lord would be patently untrue. Fourth, believers are held in God's grasp...in His closed fist! Our security depends on Him and His faithfulness, not upon us and ours.
No one can undo the work of God the Son upon His cross! ! !
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