22 Dec Why Many Backslide Having Received Gift of Salvation | @debodunamis
What is Salvation? For a while now this question has been ringing in my head because of the many numerous accounts I heard of people backsliding and the fact that some people seem to imagine that a Christian once saved can backslide.
In the spirit of the season, I decided to do an extensive exposition on Salvation. I will start with the popular scriptures we use for salvation and I will also site examples of people actually backsliding. And Why they did? And then show us why it is impossible for a man once saved to be backslide. I feel the challenge is that we do not know what it means to be saved, and obviously many are not saved yet.
9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I looked at this verse and I saw something.
Before I say what it is I would love to take us through two accounts of salvation in the New Testament Acts 2 and Acts 13 and I believe this should serve as a precedent. In both accounts believing came first before confessing.
38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
The people that Peter preached to who received his words were called souls, while they had heard salvation they hadn’t been taught or showed faith. It is necessary for us to preach to people but our preaching even though they receive our words does not generally translate to faith in the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Men must continue in the word after they are taught for faith to develop and then they can be referred to as believers. The mistake has been us assuming that because someone showed intention or received our messages well that automatically he is saved. That is wrong.
A man who was just preached to most times only just has his hopes raised and he is under the influence of motivation and not inspiration.
What happens immediately after we preach determines how the message of Christ is received.
In verse 44 of Acts 2 we see that most or all of the 3000 who received the word of Peter have now become believer’s via the instrument of fellowship and explanation or the teaching of the doctrine of Christ. As shown in verse 42 of the same chapter.
Another example is Acts 13:38-44
Acts: 13. 38. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 42. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Now we see a slight difference here in Acts 13: the Jews received the word but they didn’t continue In it. How did I know? verse 43 of acts 13 explains this, the Jews followed Paul and he continued to teach them, he even exhorted them to continue in the grace of God. Which is Jesus Christ. But in verse 45 it was a different story, why because the things they did next proved that they had never been saved. To early in their journey of faith the had started to contradict, if they now contradict, that means they were earlier in support, and they blasphemed meaning they were already part of the company they blasphemed what they had heard or supported. The parable of the seed sown is a perfect example, the rocky, thorny and fertile ground. All depicting those who were preached to and for some they would almost be persuaded but they never would. And their religious lifestyle might deceive but they were never saved.
Having no desire for God or the things of God, but for the ceremony and glamour attached to it and it is so sad that this is what we are celebrating now. But we see here that the word was spoken and even received but there was no continuation because they didn’t really see the need to have faith since they were with God.
Acts: 13. 46. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
We see verse 48 being the full completion of what started in acts 13:38 this was a period of a week because the Jews were familiar with God they didn’t really desire salvation, but the gentiles who just came to know God valued it more. Salvation meant a lot to them.
We must be thorough in our presentation of the Gospel. I spoke more elaborately on this in my previous post.