#1 of #5 “Can You Lose Your Salvation?”
Remembering that Paul is our apostle today, the big question, “Can We lose our salvation?” needs to be effectively answered.
By the revelation given to Paul the apostle, the answer is ‘NO’.
It is impossible to lose our salvation once we have have been saved by Jesus Christ.
Now let’s qualify that from Scripture.
For “Scripture alone” can give us that vitally important assurance at any given moment of time, place and circumstance.
Unfortunately, “loss of salvation” has become a believer’s greatest fear, which is certainly NOT from God.
We have been constantly hearing, taught and indoctrinated with this concept from the pulpits for far too long.
When You Proclaim A Lie
It is true that if you proclaim a lie for long enough, it will eventually sound like the truth.
And when it comes to our salvation, along with other subtle doctrinal perversions, that is what’s been happening.
It is an unhealthy, manipulative, deceptive and legalistic religious spirit, which tramples on the “Spirit Of Grace”.
So let’s start from, “For God has ‘not’ given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”[2 Timothy 1:7].
Why is this Scripture so important? Because these areas of fear, power, love and sound mind are the very objects and specific targets of attack by our spiritual adversary, Satan the devil.
However, we have “Incorruptible Wisdom” available ‘for us’ that God Almighty has given ‘to us’ through His Scriptures. So take heart.
Understanding That Paul Is Our Apostle
It is vitally important to understand and settle unwaveringly in our hearts that Paul alone is our apostle for this “Age of Grace”. Not Peter, James or John or anybody else.
Many have, do and will disagree with this.
And they are in fact, disagreeing with the Authority of Scripture, which is the revealed Word of God.
We need to know that the “The Ascended Lord Jesus Christ in Glory” Personally designated Paul to be our apostle.
“I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:” says Paul in [Romans 11:13].
We cannot and must not separate The Holy Spirit from His Scripture. HE is the Author of the above Scripture.
Paul Under Attack
The apostleship of Paul has always been under attack. He was constantly having to defend his apostleship during his days of ministry.
Subsequently, a lot of the early Church fathers did not fully embrace Paul’s apostleship as authoritative, and were very critical of him.
This critical spirit has filtered down the centuries even to our time and day.
This ugly legalistic religious spirit which is actually of the flesh, is still trying to disrupt and steal the, “liberty which we have in Christ Jesus [which is of the Holy Spirit], to bring us into bondage” [Galatians 2:4].
That “old serpent” is still at it.
The False Brethren
Paul calls them, “false brethren”, and there are many such people floating around us today. No wonder they don’t like Paul. He is a “tradition breaker” and exposes “men pleasers”.
They have either forgotten or have been willingly ignorant of the fact that even Peter the great apostle to the Jews, humbly bowed his knees in submission to The Holy Spirit, regarding the apostleship of Paul.
Peter, who clashed with Paul at one time, finally admitted, “even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you”.
Peter is coming to the end of his ministry as he admonishes his Jewish readers.
“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things hard to be understood”. Even Peter is admitting that he was not able to fully grasp it all.
He continues, “which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (or twist), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” [2 Peter 3:15-16].
By The Revelation Of Christ
By the revelation of Christ and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul writes to Timothy, “PAUL, AN apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ” [1 Timothy 1:1].
Paul’s apostleship was by the “commandment of God”.
NOW how seriously are we to take that?
If Paul’s apostleship were seriously considered, we woudn’t have the various denominational divisions that are visibly present in this day and age.
Paul’s question, “Is Christ divided?” [1 Corinthians 1:13] is still very much valid today.
SO just how seriously are we to take Paul’s apostleship today?
Because, the “Gospel of our salvation” and the “Blessed Assurance” of the hope that comes with it, was revealed to ‘none other’ than Paul the apostle.
Paul Is The One We Need To Talk To
It only makes sense that since Paul is the one who received the Gospel of our salvation, he is the one we should be talking to.
The true doctrine of our salvation with its unwavering assurance and security lies exclusively with the apostle Paul.
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” [Galatians 1:11-12].
It is the very same reason we believe what we believe, not because man has invented it, but because God has revealed it. That is important to understand.
Is it not so clear that everything concerning our salvation was revealed to Paul?
It’s The Same Jesus
The same Jesus of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, today speaks to us from an Ascended position of Glory only through Paul the apostle.
It is vitally important to understand this, or else we’ll run into confusion creating doubt.
In the four Gospels, Jesus Christ was on earth. He’s not on earth any more.
In the epistles of Paul, this same Jesus Christ is speaking to us, not just from a Resurrected position, but also an Ascended one.
What does this Divinely “Hand picked” apostle tell us?
“Wherefore” Paul says, “henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh (His earthly ministry), yet now henceforth know we Him no more” [2 Corinthians 5:16].
Today, we also know Christ Jesus in His earthly ministry through the four gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke and John. They are beautiful and are there for our learning indeed, as is the rest of Scripture.
Paul himself tells us that, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime (beforehand in the old testament) were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” [Romans 15:4].
BUT NOW we are called to know Him through His Heavenly ministry, for He speaks to us from that position, seated at the Right Hand of God [Hebrews 1:3].