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Must Christians Completely Obey? What Does the Bible Say?

Must Christians Completely Obey? What Does the Bible Say?

The Old Testament was full of commandments to which the Israelites were obligated to be obedient. But what about the New Testament? Must Christians completely obey? Let’s find out what the Scriptures have to say.

Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” (Jn 14:23)

“Give yourselves completely to God… use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” (Rom 6:13 NLT)

“We will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” (2 Cor 10:6 NIV)
“After you have become fully obedient.” (NLT)
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Must a Christian work so as not to lose salvation?

Must a Christian work so as not to lose salvation?

Must a Christian work, or make effort, so as not to lose salvation? Many people who believe in the doctrine of “eternal security” don’t think so. They say all you have to do is believe in Jesus, and “once saved, always saved.” But what does the Bible say? Let’s find out.

Can you lose salvation?
Must a Christian put forth any effort so as not to lose salvation?

“Work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.” (2 Pt 1:10 NLT) The Bible does not say we’re saved by works. However, a “called and chosen” Christian can “fall away” if he does not “work hard.” read more

Salvation Through Faith – What About Christian Works?

Salvation Through Faith – What About Christian Works?

In our previous article on salvation, we established that the Bible does not support the eternal salvation (or “once saved, always saved”) doctrine. So how is a Christian saved? Is it by doing good deeds and refraining from doing bad things? Is salvation attained by Christian works? Or is it by faith alone? If by faith alone, then where do Christian works fit in? Let’s see what the Bible has to say on this matter.

Christian works
Do Christian works produce salvation, or does salvation produce Christian works?

“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done.” (Eph 2:9 NLT) The same verse in the NIV says that salvation is “not by works.” So obviously, the Bible says our own works cannot save us. It is not saying that as Christians, we should not be doing good works. Rather, it is saying that salvation is not attained simply by doing good works. read more

Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved?

Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved?

Many modern Christians believe in the doctrine known as “eternal security” (commonly known as “once saved, always saved”). But is this belief scriptural? Let’s allow the scriptures to speak for themselves.

eternal security
Is the doctrine of eternal security supported by the Bible?

“I mention it that you may be saved.” (Jn 5:34) Salvation is not guaranteed to everyone, or anyone. See Mt 7:21-23.

“For in this hope you were saved.” (Rom 8:24) “It is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph 2:5) As these verses show, in one sense, salvation is past tense. read more

Once Saved, Always Saved? How About Works?

Once Saved, Always Saved? How About Works?

Once saved, always saved
How about works?

Many modern Christians believe in the doctrine known as “eternal security” (commonly known as “once saved, always saved”). But is this belief scriptural? Let’s allow the scriptures to speak for themselves.

“I mention it that you may be saved.” (Jn 5:34 NIV) Salvation is not guaranteed to everyone, or anyone. See Mt 7:21-23.

“For in this hope you were saved.” (Rom 8:24 NIV) In one sense, salvation  is past tense.

“It is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph 2:5 NIV) read more

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