Once Saved Always Saved?

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“Once saved, always saved.” This phrase commonly describes our security in salvation. When God saves a person, the person is born again, and can never lose his or her salvation. Amen, no problem, and hallelujah!

images-5However, I wonder if this phrase also encourages a limited, restricted, or one-dimensional view of salvation? Let me ask it this way, when does salvation occur? Think about your salvation. Once saved, always saved starting in 2001 for me. In rehab ministry, I consistently heard drunks and druggies tell me they were saved when, “I was 5 years old and prayed a prayer. ‘Once saved always saved, right pastor!'”… Continue reading

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Who is this messenger?

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Hebrews opens with one of the most Christ-descriptive paragraphs in all of the New Testament,

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they (1:1-4)

In short, Jesus is God in the flesh, the second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God. … Continue reading

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