Archive for the ‘Main passages on readiness for Christ’s return’ Category

Can Christians lose their salvation? I don’t believe a person can lose his or her salvation. However, the Bible does address what we can lose after we have been “saved.” For instance:

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“Didn’t God promise to forgive and forget all my sins through the finished work of Christ? After all, we are sinners, not perfect.”

Some of the most blessed verses in our Bibles tell us how thoroughly God has dealt with the issue of our sins. Yet some passages also show that God will remember sins if certain conditions are not met.

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“Doesn’t God treat the Church differently than the Israelites? Surely the Old Testament isn’t as relevant as the New.”

Paul quotes many Old Testament passages and applies them to the Church. (more…)

“Don’t the passages in the OT mentioning evil, proud, fools, and wicked persons refer to the unsaved, and good, wise, and righteous persons refer to the saved?”

I used to interpret my Bible that way. When I trusted Christ, God imputed His righteousness to me. Therefore I thought the verses referring to the good, wise, and righteous I applied to myself. Everything evil I applied to the unregenerate.

Until I found those same negative verses in the NT being applied to the believer. (more…)

God saved us to bring us into fellowship with Him. Sin will break that fellowship.

When we received Christ as our Savior, we were granted access to every divine provision to keep us from sin and keep us walking in the light.

When we continue in sin, we refuse to cooperate with God in His saving purpose. In that case, His purposes are directed to bring us to repentance. (more…)

“What does it mean to get ready for Christ’s return?” To answer this question, we must understand several foundational truths. Without them, readiness will not be sought after.

1. Our salvation is secure and cannot be lost.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

2. Our rewards are NOT secure and CAN be lost. (more…)

“Doesn’t getting ready imply that Jesus’ work on the cross was insufficient?” Christ’s work was enough to secure the believer’s salvation forever. When Jesus told His disciples to be ready, He didn’t mean to teach that good works were necessary for salvation. Our works cannot improve on God’s perfect plan of salvation!

Those who are unready will not lose their salvation. They will lose their reward. The Lord Jesus is coming to reward His servants. Which of the following were prepared for the return of his master? (more…)

“When I am raptured or resurrected from the dead, won’t I appear in His likeness of joy and gladness?” It is the believer’s hope that we will morph into glorified bodies incapable of sin, sickness or death. Will our bad attitudes, carnal choices, and deliberate sinful behavior be instantly replaced by Christ’s own righteous character? When God sees us, will He see His Son in us if we have lived as saved rebels?

This question is easily answered by verses illustrating a master’s treatment of his own at his return. (more…)

“Will Christians be judged according to their works, or not?” Paul lived with the judgment in view. “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5-10).

When we study for a test, we pay attention to the teachings of the one who will grade us! While Paul was in the body, he assumed his life would be scrutinized. Therefore he sought to live according to the values of Him who will judge. (more…)

“Isn’t grace unmerited? How do works enter in?” Grace is always unmerited. God out of His love chooses to work among those who have crucified His Son. By His grace, He chooses to save us when we put our faith in His Son.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).

Many of His rewards and blessings, however, are merited, in this life and in the one to come. (more…)

“Is it proper to be motivated by rewards? Isn’t love a higher form of motivation?” We can answer this by examining how Jesus responded to Peter’s question.

Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” (more…)