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Sunday, 20 July 2014 12:49 Written by 

If we can lose our salvation...and I am not saying we can't...then it becomes a fine line between performing well enough to keep it and having it by His grace. The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9: “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The salvation that has been given to us is His loving, sacrificial gift to us...we can do nothing to earn it. The mindset that would say we can lose our salvation would suggest that although by works we cannot earn it...yet by works we keep it.

True gifts have no strings attached. Once we place a condition of any kind on a present, it becomes a trade...not a gift. So to say that our salvation can be taken from us for any reason, whether it be sin or disbelief, are we not ignoring the plain meaning of what Paul teaches us in the verse above. It has never been God's design that our relationship with Him would be about our earning His affection or the right to be with Him. It seems inherent to mankind's nature the need to earn their place of acceptance. Likely every one of us was parented in "if you behave, you will get a reward". If you eat all your food you can play. If you clean your room you can watch TV. We are engrained with you must earn what you seek after.

It has always been Gods heart that we would come into His presence by desire...not by works. To say salvation is given to us as a gift of His grace but you must live righteously to keep the gift seems to be a contradiction to me. Salvation is about being saved from the power sin had over us so we could be with Him. It was His idea, not ours. He loved us first...even when we were completely covered in our sin. The court of law may say I will let you off this time but don't do it again...but the cross says "all your sin, past present and future is paid for in full...I have removed all obstacles so we can be together if you want me". The cross says "I want you to be with me because I love you". The cross has never said..."ok I made a way in for you, now don't blow it so I have to take it away".

Again as I wrote last week...when we live in deliberate sin...we are choosing another family away from God. God isn't pushing us away or taking our right to be in His presence away. If I am living a wicked it because God left me or because my heart left Him? Is loosing my salvation about God rejecting me due to poor performance or is it because I choose to come out from under my salvation and live elsewhere...whether it be knowingly or not? God desires us to seek His love not His approval. To the measure we allow ourselves to experience the actually true love of God, to that same measure our ungodly desires will fall away. There are many distorted worldly interpretations of Gods love which lead us into works. The trick is to discover and experience the true reality of His love. If we are truly seeking an intimate relationship with Him...the question of losing our salvation or not becomes a none answer is required.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.