OUT OF THE WOODS

by J.F.T. Woods

Q. If we canít lose our salvation, why does the Bible warn us about falling from grace?

A. The phrase "falling from grace" appears only once in the Bible...in Galatians 5:4. The Galatians were not falling into immorality, as is generally supposed. They were falling into Law! The entire verse reads, "Christ has become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the Law; you are fallen from grace." They were not trying to please themselves by practicing sins, they were trying to please God by Law keeping! Chapter 5, verse one shows that Christ already had totally freed them from the Law with its curse, and that a return to legalism now would be return to slavery. Saved people are not on probation. People on probation could not be called "saved." The only salvation taught in the Word of God is salvation from any possibility of condemnation. Christ died to become our Savior, not our probation officer!

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