Once Saved Always Saved: The 3 “D’s”

Psalm 15:1-2  Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?  Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? 2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

This is an age-old question that offers up much discussion and defense, but also difficulty.  I am honestly not prepared to properly discuss this topic this morning, but it has been a discussion lately between someone very close to me and I. And oh has it been difficult!  Bottom line: it really doesn’t matter when you know that you know that you will both be worshiping before the Lord someday together.  It does bring about interesting conversation though and to see the passion in that someone’s eyes as they explain their point of view is priceless.  Satan would like for nothing more than a specific topic based on God’s word to cause dissension (maybe a 4th “d”). :)  If it ends in argument then he is jumping up and down and laughing with huge delight. (full of “d’s” this morning)

I’ve actually always been on the “once saved always saved” train.  After listening to the passionate views of someone else though, I have definitely (d) been in thought about the other train.  Scripture says “. . . you will know them by their fruit”.  Now this can be a bountiful harvest of fruit that is luscious or it can be like the fig tree that Jesus exclaimed, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” and it began to wither immediately.  I know I am not doing this justice, especially since I’ve never boarded this train of thought.  (Maybe I can convince this dear one of mine to be our guest and share with us the wheels of this train in the near future.) Everything I’ve heard has made perfect sense and is seriously swaying my views to possibly jump from my track heading in one direction to the other track heading the opposite.  The “OSAS” train is possibly just a cop-out.  Those who have been saved but now continue or who have back slidden to the point of doing as they please are being hypocritical.  I myself have lived there more years than I have not.  I just always counted on my salvation, and used it as an excuse even, to do whatever I pleased.  I was still living in the flesh, doing whatever thought wanted to do, but walking around saying, “It’s all good.  I’m saved!”  What kind of fruit was this wielding?  What kind of harvest was I going to be able share with those close to me? Many people I had an influential position on in their lives were approaching a tree, expecting to find the most luscious fig to satisfy their hunger and when they got there, there was nothing to find to satisfy their hunger.  In fact, all they found were dead branches and soon after being in the trees presence they watched it begin to wither.  Hypocrite, that’s what I was! Not a fig tree, a hypocrite tree.  How many people did I have influence over who wanted the fig but received a big nothing instead.  Father, forgive me!!  I could have been His hands and feet and instead I was nothing more than the dirt He walked upon.

Look at the above verse.  Who may . . . ?  Who may . . . ?  Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.  It doesn’t say those who believe but do as they please because they have been saved by grace.  Yes, we have been saved by grace.  Do you see the word saved?  “ed” in a word in the English language is in the form past tense.  It doesn’t say I will continue to be saved in the future tense if I do whatever I please.  Who may enter?  Those who lead blameless lives, not those who led blameless lives once.  Honestly I always deep inside me questioned the track I had been raised to believe and the train I had boarded.  Now that it has been presented to me once again, I am moving toward the exit and peering down the other track for that train to approach so I may make the leap, by faith of course, to its rear door.  Dear Lord, may I be found blameless because I am doing what is right and speaking the truth from my sincere heart.  Not blameless because I once was saved and am living as I once always did and am counting on endless grace.  This doesn’t even make sense!!  As I alluded to, we may be experiencing a guest who is and has been on this other train for all of their “saved” life.  Praise God who is enlightening me daily, who has brought this person into my life, and for giving me the chance once again to be that tree that bears the figs He intended from the beginning.  Love you all!!  Bless God!

Who’s will?

Galatians 6:14,15   As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

I’ve said it before, experienced it big time, and have also seen the results.  How can the worst day ever in your life become the stand-out day that was actually the greatest?  Let me set the stage a bit, and I hope you never have to experience this but if you ever do may it become your stand-out greatest moment too.  First of all, I was a complete jerk.  What made this worse was that it was only to the people who I loved the most.  I would be the nicest, sweetest person you’d ever met if we were just acquaintances or complete strangers.  Flip side …. If you were family, my business partner, or my supposed life partner, I sounded like an ignorant jerk who cared about no one.  My ex told me, on more than one occasion, that I was so sweet and caring to people who didn’t really matter but to the ones I loved the most, I was the meanest, most obnoxious person you’d ever met.  It was bad.  How could someone who supposedly has Christ in their life act this way?  Let me tell you my take, looking back on it now.

So there is this free will thing that God allowed to occur when He created man. Bottom line was this primary question.  Are you going to let and rely on Me (God) to do what I have planned for you or are you going to take control and act like you can do better than the creator of the universe?  See the thing is, God allows us to make our choice, hence free will, BUT He also knows the outcome of both situations.  The outcome if I choose to let His will be done will result in the awesome ending that He has orchestrated.  The outcome if I choose to do whatever I see fit, is totally independent of His control and thus, is orchestrated by the prince of this world in his domain.  God wants total completion resulting in love which was displayed in the giving of His Son Jesus.  Satan, on the other hand, wants total destruction and much suffering along the way to that outcome. Now I was living outside of God’s will for my life.  Therefore I really had no defense to the schemes, snares, and deceptions delivered by satan.  I bought the lies that this was my life, I could do whatever I wanted, and there were no consequences.  The master deceiver really had me duped and essentially wasn’t telling me lies, he was just skewing them so that I would never receive what God truly had for me.  Yes, this was my life.  Yes, I could do whatever I wanted, free will.  Yes, there was no consequence (after all I was saved).  Just a foregoing of the beauty that God had orchestrated for me.

Praise Jesus I was given another chance from that night that resulted in near death twice.  A broken neck times two.  All of my other injuries, minor in comparison, and a five-week hospital stay.  Since that time I have grown SO close to my Savior.  I see His hand in everything I do and for the first time I feel as though I am reaping the benefits that He has always wanted to give to me.  I have met the woman of my dreams!!  My relationship with Jesus is what it was intended to be and for the first time ever, I am actually nice to everyone, especially those I am the closest to.  I have none other to thank but my Jesus.  I have none other to seek to give glory and praise to.  I have none other to look to when I’m in any situation because He is the lover of my soul.  To echo the words of late grandfather, “I just love Him, I love Him, I love Him!”  I love all of you so very much!!  Bless God!