Bible Questions

Bible Questions

Can true Christians go so far from God as to become lost?

True Christians cannot go so far from God that they become lost, although they may backslide. They stand firm to the end because they are held fast by God. Apostasy indicates people were never true Christians.

Christians must stand firm to the end - this is commanded (Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Mark 13:13).

It is by standing firm that Christians gain the well being of their souls (Luke 21:19; compared with Hebrews 10:39).

Maintained obedience to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ is the proof of discipleship (John 8:31).

To those who, by persistence in doing good, seek glory, honour and immortality, the Lord will give eternal life (Romans 2:7).

To those who are overcomers Christ gives the right to eat of the tree of life (Revelation 2:7).

Christians share in all that Christ promises so long as they steadily maintain until the end the confidence and trust with which they began (Hebrews 6:11, compared with 3:6, 14).

The perseverance - endurance - of Christians is a condition of their reigning with Christ (2 Timothy 2:12).

We are not left in any doubt as to the nature of this perseverance; it is perseverance in:

Though Christians fall, they are restored through God's help

True Christians will hold fast to the end.

Having begun a good work in the lives of Christians, God continues it to completion, right up to the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6; compared with 1 Corinthians 1:8).

Stirred by the exhortations of the Bible, true Christians will make every effort to enter into God's promises, thus confirming their calling and election, increasing their assurance that there will be a rich welcome for them into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11).

The warnings God has given against drifting away from our faith in the Lord Jesus are used by the Holy Spirit to keep true Christians from that peril (Hebrews 2:1; 6:9; 10:39).

The testing of genuine faith brings perseverance (James 1:3)- the reaction of true Christians to testing gives proof of their membership of God's family (Romans 5:3-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; Hebrews 10:36; Revelation 13:10).

A fight there will be, but perseverance also (Ephesians 6:13).

It is the Father's will that the Son should lose none of those whom He has given to Him (John 6:39; 10:27-29).

God's gifts and His call to us are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).

Nothing is able to separate God's elect in Christ from His love (Romans 8:29-39).

True Christians are not immune from backsliding although they cannot commit apostasy.

Perseverance does not rule out backsliding, but it does rule out apostasy (Revelation 2:2; with 4-7; 2:9, with 20-29).

Christians may backslide (as some of the Hebrew Christians did) but they can never apostatize (Hebrews 5:11-6:12, especially 6:9).

Though Christians fall, they are restored through God's help (Psalms 37:23, 24).

True Christians hold fast to the end because they are held fast by the Lord.

Christians do not keep themselves; they are shielded by God's power, through faith until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5; Romans 14:4).

God will never forsake His people: His justice and His faithfulness forbid that He should (Psalms 37:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:3).

He will fulfil His purposes for His people, and nothing can hinder them (Psalms 138:8; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-30; 1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Even in the times of His people's ignorance and stupidity the Lord keeps His hand upon them (Psalms 73:21-24; compared with Luke 22:31, 32).

He keeps His people strong to the end, in keeping with His faithfulness and calling (1 Corinthians 1:8, 9).

Perseverance is the consequence of being strengthened with the Lord's glorious power so that we have all the patience and endurance we need (Colossians 1:11; Ephesians 6:13).

Satan's desires to shake Christians from their faith are not permitted by the Lord - Peter's case, for example (Luke 22:31, 32).

The glory or praise for the perseverance of Christians is entirely God's (2 Timothy 4:18).

Christians, therefore, may be sure of their security (Psalms 37:28; 73:24; 2 Timothy 4:18).

This assurance should not lead to slackness but to all the greater diligence in the Christian life (Philippians 2:12, 13; 2 Peter 1:10).

Apostasy indicates that people were never true Christians.

Straightforward apostasy is the proof that people were never, in fact, Christians, although they appeared to be such (1 John 2:19).

The parable of the sower indicates that perseverance is the test of reality (Mark 4:3-8, 13-20).

Cases of falling away, or apostasy, are recorded (1 Timothy 1:19; 2 Timothy 2:17, 18), but in no case is there proof that the persons concerned were true believers (1 John 2:19).

We are reminded, therefore, that not all who call themselves God's children are necessarily such (Matthew7:21-23; Romans 9:6-8).

Fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith underline the truth of what we call final perseverance.

It follows on from election (Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 24:22-24; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4).

It follows from the covenant by which God the Father gave to His Son His people, as the reward of His obedience and suffering (Psalms 2:8; Jeremiah 32:40; John 17:2-6; Hebrews 13:20, 21).

It springs from the once-for-all nature of Christ's atoning death (Hebrews 10:14).

It follows from the union of Christians with Christ (John 17:24; Romans 8:1; Galations 2:20).

It follows from the presence of the Holy Spirit in Christians forever (John 14:16; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13, 14).

It follows from the effectiveness of Christ's intercession for His people (John 17:11, 15, 20; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; compared with Luke 22:31, 32).