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Eternal Life

The reason Eternal Life is so important is because it reflects what Jesus Christ has done in us and for us.

Since He has done the work, we should appreciate it and believe in it.

When people believe correctly in Jesus Christ, their nature is supernaturally changed and their eternal destiny is determined forever as a result of the work of Christ.

We, at that moment are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:9
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

We have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption...

We have been perfected forever.
Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

We are washed, sanctified, justified.
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

We are members of a chosen race.
We are ordained into a royal priesthood.
We are members of a holy nation.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light...

We are temples of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

We have been glorified.
(Past tense)
Romans 8:30
And whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

We have been seated in heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:6
And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,

Our citizenship is in heaven.
Philippians 3:20
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ...
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Exhibit # 1

God wants us to know that we have eternal life as a result of correct understanding and believing in Jesus Christ. Eternal life is a never-ending love relationship with Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

To understand the words “has” and “does not” is important in the understanding of this verse. It does not say; “may have,” “might have,” or “hopes to have.” It does say “has eternal life and does not come into judgment.”

The definition of the word “eternal” is also important to understand. Eternal life means never ending, a never-ending relationship with Jesus Christ (life). If it could end, it would never have been eternal (never ending). It starts when we are saved. Hence, that is why the word “has” is used.

EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS
W.E. VINE Pg.43 “Eternal”
Moreover, it is used of persons and things, which are in their nature endless as, e.g., of God.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary “Eternal”
1. a: having infinite duration: everlasting .
b: of or relating to eternity .
c: a: continued without intermission : perpetual .

It is ridiculous to think that a person, having eternal life with the Holy Spirit living in him, would use his new position to justify living for the devil.

Romans 6:1-2
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2) May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
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Exhibit # 2

Christians are sealed by the Holy Spirit. In other words, our salvation is assured by His sealing of us and we have His promise on that fact.

Ephesians 1:13
In Him, you also after listening to the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise...

We were supernaturally sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit of promise was given as a pledge.

Ephesians 1:14
Who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

If our inheritance does not come about, through the pledge of the Holy Spirit, His word is not worth the paper it’s written on.
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Exhibit # 3

When we trust Jesus we are in good hands.

John 10:27-30
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28) and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. 29) My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30) I and the Father are one.
The Christian is in the hands of Jesus and the hands of the Father because they are one. How could anything be more secure?
If the devil wanted to place doubt in a believer’s mind, how could he do it in light of this verse? I think he could say something like, “That doesn’t mean I can’t snatch myself out.” But it says, “No one will snatch you out.” Are you a someone?
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Exhibit # 4

Being separated from God is not an option.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God wants us to know we are secure!

When a person knows for sure where he is going, there should be no question how he fills the time between where he is and where he is to be for all eternity.
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Exhibit # 5

Eternal life is a gift!

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God...

Romans 11:29
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (This means without repentance, meaning the gift is yours, never to be taken from you.)
A free gift is not something you have to work for to get and it’s not something you have to work for to keep.

In other words, a free gift is subject to the giver not the receiver.
You may say, “Well that doesn’t mean I can’t give it back.”
You would be right, if what you had received was not eternal in nature.
Eternal life is attached to your very nature like your soul and spirit have always been. It becomes a part of you and cannot be separated from you by its very nature being eternal. Once regeneration (being saved)occurs, it’s no longer about us; it becomes about His work and His faithfulness to His words and His promises.

2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

Everyone lives forever.
Eternal life is an eternal (never-ending) love relationship that starts when one is regenerated (Saved).

It’s a wonderful gift that we did not earn by our deeds. Only through Jesus we have been blessed with eternal salvation.

Colossians 1:13
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
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Exhibit # 6

Seated with Jesus
Ephesians 2:6
And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in heavenly places...

We are there right now. And we don’t go up and down like an elevator with each sin. Our position in Christ has far more substance than our personal realties. And it’s all because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and His promises.
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Many people appear to be Christians. They appear sincere; they carry Bibles and sit under men that they believe to be Godly. However, in His foreknowledge God made mentioned of these people repeatedly in the New Testament as not being saved.

Example (A)
True Believers........ False Believers
The False Believers are seen clearly:

2 Peter 2:17
These are springs without water, and mist driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.

2 Peter 2:22
It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog (not sheep) returns to its own vomit, and, a sow, (not sheep) after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

Note:
2 Peter chapter 2 is talking about false prophets and false teachers that knew a portion of the truth in their heads, but not in their hearts and were never saved. Therefore, they were misrepresenting the truth. There is nowhere in 2 Peter chapter 2 that would indicate that they had the Holy Spirit living within them. We see just the opposite, in the words “springs without water.” They knew in their heads the way of righteousness, but turned against it.

Example (B)
Matthew 13:1-23
Therefore, there are two groups of believers: one true and one false as is seen. How do we put this to the test?

Fruit ..................................................... No Fruit
Understanding……………………... Does not understand
Saved..................................................... Not Saved

They had no fruit because they did not understand correctly; therefore, they were never truly saved.


Example (C)
True Believers ........ False Believers.
Making this distinction can explain some of the “if” verses.

Hebrews 3:14
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end... (If we will since we will.)

Note: If can also mean “since.” Therefore, the passage can also be understood to say, “For we have become partakers of Christ, since we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end...”

Colossians 3:1
If then you have been raised up with Christ... (If = Since)

1 Peter 1:17
And if you address as Father... (If = Since)

1 John 4:11
Beloved, if God so loved us... (If = Since)

Romans 6:8
Now if we have died with Christ... (If = Since)

Acts 11:17
If God therefore gave to them the same gift... (If = Since)

John 13:32
If God is glorified in Him... (If = Since)

Matthew 6:30
But if God so arrays the grass of the field... (If = Since)

There are many verses where the word “if” means “since.”

I have just shown a few. As a result, there is good reason to question the usage of the word “if.” “If” can refer to people that were never saved, but also “if” can refer to the ones with eternal life.

It’s ridiculous to think, as a result of man’s doing, that his eternal supernatural identity changes like the wind. One day he’s eternally saved; one day he’s not. One day he’s indwelt with the Holy Spirit; one day he’s not, etc. Eternal salvation does not work that way.
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Jesus becomes the issue not man,
His work, His faithfulness, it is all necessary because apart from Him, we are nothing.
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Certain verses that cause some people problems are...

#1

John 15:2
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.

The absence of fruit in the branch of the vine casts grave doubt upon its real union with the central stem, however otherwise it may appear. Such useless members must be cut off; perhaps Judas is the outstanding example.
(The New Layman’s Bible Commentary, Howley-Bruce-Ellison, Pg. 1325)

John 15: 1-9
Written in the Old Covenant, written to Jews.
Matthew 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6) but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The Holy Spirit had not been given yet.
John 7:39
But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

So with this understanding we find two sorts of branches,

A. Those Jews that are God’s own people that are connected to Him,
but have no life or fruit.

B. Those Jews that are connected to Him and have life and bear good fruit.

John 15:1-2
1) I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2) Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.

So it should be obvious that Jesus was speaking to Jews. Some Jews were in Him and had accepted Him and others had rejected Him. The very fact that they are referred to as the “lost sheep of Israel” implies the need to find Jesus and experience the new life in Jesus. And without that, they will be broken off and burned.

John 15:6
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

John 1:11
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

THE NEW COVENANT APPLICATION
All branches are considered to be in Jesus.
There are two sorts of branches in Christ the vine; they both go to Church carry their Bibles and sing Amazing Grace. The one group looks to the historical Jesus and follows their traditions as handed down by their families. They sincerely believe that one day their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds. They say they believe in Jesus, but still run their own lives without understanding. They trust in Jesus plus their own personal works to save them and keep them saved. The other group truly believes they deserve to spend eternity in hell and the only thing that saves them from that reality is the finished work of Jesus Christ.
They trust in what Jesus has done for them and have personally implemented it into their own lives. They have made Jesus their Lord and Savior by His grace through their faith. They bring forth good fruit to the glory of God and walk in the fruits of the Spirit and grace.
They are the true believers.
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John 15:6 they are burned.
This refers to the works of the believer.
The Christian who does not abide in Christ cannot do what pleases God; therefore, his works will be burned at the Judgment seat of Christ, though he himself will be saved. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
(The Ryrie Study Bible 1976 Moody Press Chicago, (Notes) pg. l92)

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#2

Hebrews 6:4-6
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5) and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6) and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame.

#A.

Hebrews 6:4-6
“The apostle is speaking to people who have the Old Testament and have been intellectually convinced that Jesus is the Messiah, but who are exposed to persecution if they confess His Name. Even if not genuine, they know that Jesus is the Messiah, and they must have felt the power and seen the evidence of His authority in the miracles wrought. Yet they can turn their backs upon it all and go back to Judaism, and go into the synagogue again and say, “We do not believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God; we refuse the authority of this Man.

He should be crucified.” “They crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to open shame.” The apostle says, “Do not try to do anything there; you cannot, for they have gone too far. They are apostate.”
(H.A. IRONSIDE, LITT.D. The ETERNAL SECURITY of the BELIEVER, pg. 34-35)

#B.
Hebrews 6:4-6
For that matter, all of the first three qualities were true of Judas as well. He had been enlightened and had tasted of the heavenly gift and the goodness of the Word of God as he had sat for three years under the personal teaching of the Lord Jesus.

Insofar as he had participated in Gospel preaching and the expulsion of demons, he also had been a sharer in the Holy Spirit. But this falls short of becoming indwelt by the Holy Spirit, so that his body was actually taken over to be a holy temple of God. Far from it! Christ could read his heart, and He saw the hypocrisy and treachery within it—as He indicated clearly enough at the last Passover meal. In the high priestly prayer of John 17, Jesus spoke of Judas as the “son of perdition” (v.12). By no stretch of the imagination could Judas Iscariot have been at any time considered truly born again, no matter how convincing a performance he may have put on before his fellow disciples. Yet all four of the qualities described as marking the apostate were true of Judas.
(Gleason L. Archer Encyclopedia of BIBLE DIFFICULTIES, pg. 419)

#C.
If Hebrews 6:4-6 is referring to a saved person that falls away, the question can be asked, what would falling away mean: sin or giving up the faith? Well whatever falling away were to mean, it can only happen one time, simply because once it occurs, it is impossible for the person to be renewed again -- in other words, being saved again. This view limits the work of Christ on the cross; indicating Christ did not die for all sins. It also teaches that people’s assurance of salvation is to be in their own hands and not in the work and promises of Christ, which amounts to works salvation based on one’s ability to perform correctly?

#D.
Hebrews 6:4-6
Of course, the reason it is impossible for a person to be renewed again is because the first repentance (salvation) is still in effect. Consequently, there would be no need to crucify to themselves the Son of God again. In other words, the person that falls away can never out sin Jesus’ ability to forgive. With this view, there would be no need to attempt to put Jesus and His death on the cross to an open shame.

#E.
Hebrews 6:4-6
Contextually, falling away has absolutely nothing to do with moral sin. It’s simply returning to an obsolete system (Hebrews 8:13) that has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15) the old covenant law. The point is that the Jewish Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ’, work on the cross transcends even the sin of returning to the old covenant. Therefore, it is impossible to be regenerated twice since it would be an insult to what was done at Calvary. It’s the best deal in town. Trusting in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and personally implementing (that trust) into your life establishes an eternal relationship. It may be clouded at times because of sin, yet the Son will shine eternally in your life.
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#3

Revelation 3:5
He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.

1 John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

The statement in Revelations 3:5 that says that he that overcomes, is “the Christian,” is an assurance verse.

God wants the Christian to know his position with Christ is secure. Revelation 3:5 is teaching that a name will not be erased. It’s not teaching names will be erased; but it is giving comfort to the saved that they are secure because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.

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#4

“On them which fell, severity”— What do these words mean?

Romans 11:22
Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

Again let us note the context. Romans 11:13-24 is addressed to the Gentiles, not to individual believers. The matter of personal salvation is not in question here. The whole passage deals with Jewish responsibility not assumed. Israel is called the “olive tree.” Gentiles are the “wild olive tree.” Some of the “natural branches” in Israel were broken off through unbelief; and the wild branches, Gentiles, were “grafted in among them.” And the fact that the natural branches were broken off is given as a warning to the Gentiles, lest they too be not spared.
(Bible Questions Explained Dr. Louis T. Talbot, pg. 116)

[Otherwise thou also shalt be cut off] Compare John 15:2. The word “thou” refers here to the Gentile churches. In relation to them, the favor of God was dependent on their fidelity. If they became disobedient and unbelieving, then the same principle which led him to withdraw His mercy from the Jewish people would lead also to their rejection and exclusion. And on this principle, God has acted in numberless cases. Thus, His favor was withdrawn from the seven churches of Asia (Revelation 1-3), from Corinth, from Antioch, from Philippi, and even from Rome itself.
(Barnes’ Notes: Romans 11:22)

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#5

Matthew 24:13
“But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.

However, the principle set forth here I accept. If a man does not “endure unto the end,” he only reveals what he was all the while: a mere professor, not a born-again soul.

(Bible Questions Explained DR. LOUIS T. TALBOT, pg. 117)

Hebrews 10:39
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

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#6

1 Corinthians 9:27
But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

The word “disqualified” (adokimos) may be misunderstood. Paul’s concern is lest he should lose, not his salvation, but the victor’s wreath: the prize for which he has exhorted others to run.

Paul wanted the “prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
More importantly, he was not worried about His salvation.

(The New Laymans Bible Commentary Howley-Bruce-Ellison, pg.1440)

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#7

Revelation 22:19
And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

[God shall take away his part out of the book of life] Perhaps there is here an intimation that this would be most likely to be done by those who professed to be Christians, and who supposed that their names were in the book of life.

In fact, most of the corruptions of the sacred Scriptures have been attempted by those who have professed some form of Christianity. Infidels have but little interest in attempting such changes, and but little influence to make them received by the church. It is most convenient for them, as it is most agreeable to their feelings, to reject the Bible altogether.

When it said here that “God would take away his part out of the book of life,” the meaning is not that his name had been written in that book, but that he would take away the part which he might have had, or which he professed to have in that book. Such corruption of the divine oracles would show that they had no true religion, and would be excluded from heaven.
(Barnes’ Notes on Revelation 22:19)

Revelation 3:5
He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.

1 John 5:4-5
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5) And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

So obviously the born again believer cannot (Revelation 22:19… take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,) because he has overcome 1 John 5:4-5 and Revelation 3:5 says the one that overcomes will not be erased from the book of life.

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#8

Galatians 5:4-5
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Christians may fall from grace, but it is not accomplished by sinning. They will have fallen from grace when they, having been delivered from the Law with its merit system, and then turn back to the merit system. (That is falling from Grace -- falling back into the Law).

No person who has gained the understanding of what it means to be perfected in Christ, beyond the need of any human works to complete that perfection, should ever turn back to the Law or personal merit for salvation. People who trust Christ as Savior are perfected in Him whether they realize it or not. It is those that do not realize it, who may be influenced by legalists to turn back to the merit system from which they have been delivered, that fall into this deception.

(Systematic Theology Chafer, vol 3 pg. 310)
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There are only two systems: law and grace. When a person falls from grace, there is only one place to fall - that is back into the Law. ( Personal Works Salvation)

Unsaved people may learn of the grace of God; but when they turn from that knowledge and go back into the legalistic merit system, they become severed from Christ with no way to be indwelled with the Holy Spirit and have their sins forgiven (Be Saved). Hebrews 10:26
Galatians 2:21
I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly .
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The sin of rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ and His forgiveness for sins is the sin, that if continued in, cannot be forgiven. This is simply because there is no other means to be forgiven.

Hebrews 10:26
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

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#9

1 John 5:16-17
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17) All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.

Note: Life is a daily communing relationship with Jesus Christ that all Christian brothers should be experiencing. Sin severs that life relationship; yet as John indicates, the one that is in sin is still a
brother. Pray for the brother so that the Holy Spirit’s guidance
might be reestablished in his life.

Note: The Greek reads sin, not a sin, in verses 16 and 17.
(Ryrie Study Bible, note on 1 John 5:16, pg.1998)

It seems that the sin leading to death is a false teaching about who God is and or how one is saved. This appears to be another contrasting example within the Scriptures of the saved and the unsaved all within the same passages. This would complement Paul’s points in Galatians 1:8-9.
Think about it. We all know sinners that have not been struck dead.

The context of 1 John 5:16-17 has to do with prayer. So the point John is making is to pray for your Christian brother that is caught up in sin so that the life relationship with Jesus will be reestablished. And keep in mind that a Christian brother’s sin will not eternally condemn him simply because he has an advocate and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7:25

Yet for those that are teaching that Jesus is not the Jewish Messiah, the one and only true God, do not pray for them simply because their sin will eternally condemn them. They are committing the sin that leads to death (eternal separation from God). Also if anyone is teaching justification by personal meritstic works as a means of regeneration (salvation) do not pray for him simply because he will be eternally condemned.

Personally I do not believe that John would advocate not praying for their repentance and salvation. I think the point John is making is to not pray for their personal needs as you would a member of the Body of Christ.

1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

The reason the born again Christian cannot sin and lose his salvation is because of what Peter says, “Not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.”

1 Peter 1:23
Having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth.

The incorruptible seed of Christ lives in us, and is a part of us, never to be separated from us.It’s just as impossible for you to be unborn, as it is for you to be unborn again.

We rejoice that our salvation starts with Jesus

and never ends because of Jesus.


 

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