Justification is more than just getting a righteous standing before God. It actually makes you righteous to the extent that you do righteous things. If you are not increasing in doing righteousness, you are not saved.
People don’t like to hear this, especially unrighteous people. Many who hear this will go on to assume I am saying you will lose your salvation if you do something unrighteous.
However, yet again, I am not saying that at all.
Sin is a struggle and we are to fight that battle. Resisting temptation is not easy. Hebrews says most of us have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Have you? I’m guessing not. So we fall.
A justified person can sin.
If a justified person sins, they have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
There are many passages in the New Testament that teach a Once Saved Always Saved doctrine.
We cannot be plucked out of Christ’s hands, which are in God’s hands, and we can’t be plucked out of the Father’s hands. W e are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise unto the day of redemption. We are placed into the Body of Christ.
I believe that position is secure for the true believer.
Unfortunately, Once Saved Always Saved is applied to people who were never saved to begin with. Just because a person “said the prayer,” or got baptized, or did whatever thing it is you think people do to “get saved,” doesn’t mean they are saved and certainly doesn’t mean they can’t lost their salvation–you can’t lose what you never had.
The New Testament has several warning passages that make it clear that being a false convert is a definite possibility. It’s possible to get a taste and yet withdraw. It’s possible to shoot up a little sprout of faith, only to whither away under persecution, or get choked by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.
A justified person, one who has been made righteous and is righteous, will never lose their salvation. Primarily because they will never quit, they will never leave the faith. That would not be a righteous thing to do, see.
I believe that once a person is saved they will remain saved. I primarily believe that because I believe salvation makes a person righteous and righteous people would never want to quit being righteous.
I truly believe that salvation makes a person a new creation. You can’t stop being a new creation in Christ Jesus! You’re either new or you aint.
New creations are righteous and hunger and thirst after more righteousness. There is no possible lure that could drag a righteous person back to a life of unrighteousness. It won’t happen.
That, my friends, is the true perseverance of the saints! There is nothing that could keep me from persevering for I have been made righteous in Christ!