Once Saved, Forever Saved Part 1
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain -Phil. 2:16
The first thing to note about the verse above is that; It is possible for a preacher’s effort to be in vain if those he witnessed and got converted turns back and reject the faith they once professed which is termed Apostasy in Theology.
Paul told them, you have to hold forth the word of life, that is, the message of salvation you heard and believe.
Salvation is believing that Jesus came into the word in flesh and blood to die for our sins, that he died, was buried, resurrected on the third day and ascended into heaven at the right hand of God. When a man believe this in his heart and confess it with his mouth, he is saved.
However, one must stand by the truth he confessed till death to be worthy of God’s kingdom in heaven. This was why Paul told them to hold form to the truth they heard and believed.
If after confessing this, they turned back and reject this initial confession, then, it’s called Apostasy.
You see, God eternal plan is to save us eternally but man has choice in the deal. Man response to God is faith. Keep the faith in Christ and you are eternally secured.