2/5/2013 10:42:52 AM
Is Once Saved Always Saved in the Bible?
Salvation has three tenses for everyone who has been born of God. In justification they have been saved from the punishment of sin, in sanctification they are being saved from the power of sin and in glorification they will be saved from the presence of sin.
Therefore, to be more biblically correct, instead of saying, "once saved always saved" (OSAS), it would be better to say, "once justified, always justified." God has promised is to glorify those He has justified (Rom. 8:30). This is because He has made perfect FOREVER those who are being sanctified (Heb. 10:14). The justified man never has to fear God's judgment because there is "no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1). ALL their sins (past and future) were placed on Christ and nailed to the cross (Col. 2:13-14). God has reconciled them through Christ and no longer counts their trespasses against them (2 Cor. 5:19). This is why the Apostle Paul could write: "Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account" (Rom. 4:8).
The Lord Jesus declared, "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 (John 5:24). The man God justifies is His possession, His trophy of grace and one of HIs sheep (Eph. 2, John 10). When the sheep wanders, the Good Shepherd will come after him and return him to the flock. When an adopted child of God sins, the loving Father will discipline him to be more like His Son (Heb. 12:4-15). The promises of God are undeniable! Once redeemed by God, always redeemed (Heb. 9:12). Once reconciled to God, always reconciled to God (Col. 1:21-22). To God be all glory and honor and praise for all He has done, is doing and will do in the lives of His people.