A matter Christians have inside debates over is the matter of predestination. Are all who are going to Heaven is either already a pre-set matter, or is it all determined on the fly based on our individual actions? There’s the Once Saved Always Saved/Eternal Security view versus the I decided to follow Jesus and only remain saved of my own free will because I could leave and deny God if I choose view. I’ve made it known before that I was pretty much of the later view, but with more study in scripture I find myself now solidly of the former view. Predestination is real and those who are truly saved can never be unsaved.
I think the issue is one of perception. If things are viewed from our vantage point, I one day realized I was a sinner and needed redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ. I was sincerely convicted of my sins and made a confession to the Lord that I know changed me. Now no matter how much my flesh prompts me to do wrong and at times I do stumble, I still keep running back to Jesus. I continually desire to fight against sinful urges. If I learn that something I’m doing is sinful, I work to change. So is it really “ME” that decided I needed salvation? Honestly NO. Because I am human and man is not capable of good.
Galatians 5:24 (New King James Version)
I am Christ’s not my own. That means God knew and called me because HE KNEW I was HIS OWN.
John 10:27-30 (New King James Version)
So maybe you can “choose” to leave and deny Christ if you happen to call yourself a Christian and that would prove you are not God’s. The Father gave me to His Son and this occurred before the foundation of the world. So I won’t deny Him. He knew before the foundation of the world that I would embrace Him, because He gave me the clarity in heart and spirit to know He is the ONLY means to salvation and eternal life. So He knows, that no matter what I’m going to keep faith in Him and physically die realizing He is Lord, to be granted life eternal with Him. If that is the case for you, it is the Lord and not you who brought this about. He planned it for you before time began.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (New King James Version)
Only by the grace of God am I saved!
The Book of Life
God provides us an undeniable revelation of the fact He has always known who His own are and that they would hear His voice, The Book of Life.
The Book of Life was written before we were born and the names in it have been there since the foundation of the world. It?s perfect and does not need any correction. It has no ?blots?. The names in it will receive eternal life and nobody can prevent that. It is not a book that receives periodic updates or revisions. It is still in it?s first printed edition and has no errata, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 17:8, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:27.
Please understand, that those who you see claim they are saved, even if they say a cookie cutter confession of faith, if they do that and then go out killing, pillaging and so on for the rest of their life and even denying Jesus as Lord, they never were actually saved. This is the quandary I’ve had with some who are of the Once Saved Always Saved view. Some feel anyone who says they love and embrace Jesus is saved, Jesus says that is not true.
Matthew 7:21-23 (New King James Version)
The Lord knows who He called and changed, regardless of what we see anyone do or hear them say. Never knew, means never as in the Lord never saved them ever, even when everybody thought they were saved.
Only those whose names were not in the Book of Life since the foundation of the world will ever worship the beast, Revelation 13:5-8.
Know that God wrote out the names of members of His team even before the first human team member breathed a single breath.
Revelation 3:5 notes that those who overcome won’t have their named “blotted” from the Book of Life. This does not say that God will blot anyone from the book. The names in the book are of people God KNOWS will not fail Him.
Revelation 22:19 speaks of people who actually NEVER had access to eternal life. They never were saved. Their names never were actually in the Book of Life to being with. Their share of the tree of life was taken away just like all who never truly heard the Lord?s voice. None mentioned there were ever in the Book of Life. This is why they try and remove things from the book of Revelation. Anyone tampering with that book does not believe in the authority of scripture and revelation through Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit as he promised his disciples in John 16:12-13. This was to them and not the folks who make up extra-biblical so-called ?revelations? today. Those who attempt to add to that book should consider Revelation 22:18. Avoid all who attempt to add their own so-called revelations about what is to come. Anyone tampering with scripture is not a true believer in the first place and all who are not true believers lose their part in the Book of Life and lose access to the tree of life. They lost it and it was already known because they never were in the book.
(ESV used for the sake of clarity)
Revelation 17:8 (English Standard Version)
If your name is in the Book of Life, you won’t marvel to see the beast and do his bidding. You’ll be one who stands with the Lord.
Revelation 17:14 (English Standard Version)
God does not need to make any ?corrections? to the book He authored. The called and chosen are faithful to Him and THAT is why they/we have works, because of faith in Him. No works can save a man, only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some of us sheep wandered around a bit, allowed bad doctrine to toss us around, but still God ensured that we would hear His voice and leave false teachers and endorsers of bad doctrine behind, Ephesians 4:11-16. Whether we hear it gently and obey or need a bright light to knock us over while on the road to Damascus, the Lord ensures that His sheep WILL hear His voice, Acts 9.
If God did not know who to put in the book from the beginning, He could have never have foretold of anything that was to come. We act out the play, but God has always known and designated who would make it to have eternal life.
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