Most of my life was spent under the teaching of a very unhealthy, yet popular truism: Once saved; Always saved. I use the term truism, because I believe it is true… it’s just very confusing. Maybe it would have been better stated as… If saved, Always saved.
The problem with this term is our failure to clearly define salvation. What does it mean to say that a person has been saved?
The Bible has much to say about this, but it differs greatly from a lot of the teaching we hear today.
In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul identified who the true believers are.
True believers are those who have been positioned in Christ. They have properly responded to the gospel with repentance, they bear good fruit, and they persevere until the end.
The gospel provision of justification (no longer guilty of sin) and regeneration (born again, a new creation, changed) are evidenced in the daily lives of those who have been redeemed by God.
True believers understand that the treasure of the gospel is not heaven… it is Jesus. They grasp the reality that they have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
The true believers rest in assurance because they have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, their guarantee of inheritance.
The problem with that truism mentioned above is that men have drove a wedge between justification and regeneration. They have decided that people can be saved and not be changed. The Bible knows nothing of this!