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Friday, January 17, 2014

YES, YOUR NAME CAN BE BLOTTED OUT!


Can  Christians have their names erased from the book of life? Contrary to the doctrines of men, Christians are not, once saved always saved. There is no Scripture that advocates perseverance of the saints. Christians can lose their salvation.

Revelation 3:1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write:  He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

Note: Jesus was addressing this letter to the church in Sardis. It cannot be said He was talking about those who had never been saved. The Lord adds the saved to His church. (Acts 2:47 ....And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.) The Lord does not add the unsaved to His body, which is the church of Christ.

Revelation 3:2-3Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in sight of My God. 3 So remember what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I come to you.

If Christians are once saved always saved, why would Jesus warn the church at Sardis to repent. He will come as a thief? If you are saved and can never be lost, you would not have to repent. If you as a Christian are once saved always saved, you should have no fear of the return of Jesus Christ coming as a thief.

Revelation 3:4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Jesus said that only a few members of the body of Christ in Sardis would walk with Him in white. If Jesus taught once saved always saved; then all the members of the church in Sardis would have been worthy.

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will be clothed in white garments, and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Jesus told the Christians at Sardis that the ones who overcame would not have their names erased from the book of life. It is obvious that those Christian who did not repent would have their names erased from the book of life. Unsaved people do not have their names written in the book of life. Only saved Christians can have their names erased from the book of life.

The Christians at Sardis were not once saved always saved.

Revelation 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

First, only Christians have part of the tree of life, and the holy city. If would be impossible for members of the body of Christ to take words from the book of prophecy, if in fact, they were once saved always saved. Why would God warn Christians of something that was impossible?

Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

There are just two categories of people who do not have their names written in the book of life. 1. Those who have never been obedient to the terms of pardon, and 2. Those Christians who have had their names erased from the book of life.

YES, YOUR NAME CAN BE BLOTTED OUT!

(All Scriptures quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there are many 'ifs' involved in working out our salvation.

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