Throwing out the baby with the bath water

Many believers in the Christian world have been sold a bill of goods that gives unsuspecting believers an unfounded confidence of eternal security, when the whole of scripture does not teach this.

One of the cornerstone texts of scripture that the “once saved always saved” crowd uses to prove their positions is found in Ephesians chapter two.

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,[1]

It is taught and believed by many a believer that since we are now in the present tense raised with Christ Jesus and seated with Him in the heavenly realms, we are there positionally and can not be removed.  We assume that our sitting in heavenly realms with Christ guarantees this continuing position.

We toss out as irrelevant that scripture which talks of this same privilege as we abuse what it teaches.  Although we would never say of the unbeliever they share in the heavenly in Ephesians chapter two we do of this abused portion of scripture.  We toss aside this warning in scripture as for the unbeliever only or as some have said, to show as the impossible contrast of what a believer could never do.

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.[2]

Can anyone tell me of any unbeliever who after having been enlightened and rejecting Christ tasted of the heavenly gift?  Are we to assume this same unbeliever shared in the Holy Spirit too?  Not withstanding they tasted also of the goodness of God’s word and the power of the coming age.  This is a tall order to fill for real believers who are diligently seeking God and yet some of us “once saved always saved” crowd ignore this text as pertaining for the fake Christian who leaves the faith and is exposed as an unbeliever.

It is ridiculous to the faith and sensibilities of common sense to what the text is speaking of to say this text is speaking of the unbeliever.  It is speaking of some who has tasted of the heavenly gift, the same heavenly position spoken of in Ephesians.  In fact the verses in Hebrews go beyond what is hoped in by the “once saved always saved crowd” by talking of sharing in the Holy Spirit and the power of the age to come.  The Holy Spirit is clearly teaching through faith we hae a conditional position in Christ based on our obedience.

The key word is IF.  The same IF that Jesus spoke of and the same IF Paul spoke of.  The same remaining is need that Jesus spoke of and the same remaining is needed that Paul spoke of.  Yet we toss out the baby with the bath water because it doesn’t fit our doctrine and we think we are obeying the word of God.  With such notions that ignores the word of God how does one know they are not the ones who haven’t already fallen away?

Scripture takes away all of our excuses for apathy when it teaches that only IF we remain in Christ to the end do we actually share in Christ.  Until then we have a hope of salvation. 

We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.[3]

To learn more about what scripture teaches about our hope of salvation held out in the gospel and other teachings defended by The Gospel According to the Gospel please go to “Uncommon Belief” to learn more.

[1] Ephesians 2:6

[2] Hebrews 6:4-6

[3] Hebrews 3:14

2 thoughts on “Throwing out the baby with the bath water

  1. ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ is a much more significant thing than just saying ‘I believe.’ Eternal security is real but not in the shallow way it is presented these days. Sanctification (eternal security) is what happens when a person is fully grown in the Lord. When one is in full fellowship with Spirit and Truth…to the point of ‘love God with all your heart, soul, and mind….and love your neighbor as yourself.’ Only the supernatural Spirit of God through the Holy Spirit can place God ‘LOVE’ within the human heart. And without the presence of His Love and Power, we are nothing.


  2. My understanding of sanctification was in the simplest terms set apart. So as long as a believer is not a disobedient disciple or a faithless believer, they are sanctified. I understand the growing past spiritual milk, and to me that is what you are describing. Yet I am still taken back by Paul’s comment and his gospel is the gospel of the hope of salvation.

    (Phil 3:12 NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

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