If you say that a person cannot loose their salvation, yet the scripture (speaking to the believers) says that many shall come to Him and say ‘Lord, look at what we have done in your name’ and He shall say ‘Get away from Me for I know you not’. If a person backslides and goes back to their sins ‘as a dog goes back to his vomit’ will they still be saved?
What about the parable of the 10 virgins. All 10 were chosen to be the brides yet 5 were foolish and did not have enough oil (or Holy Spirit) and had to go get more returning to find out the Groom had already come and would not let them in. And did not Jesus say ‘Many are called (saved) but few are chosen (to go to Heaven/New Jerusalem)? I do agree, it is not our works that is seen, nor our works that give us salvation but grace. Yet Paul said that everything doesn’t matter except our walk with Him..therefore, stop walking with him and he will not know us. Don’t remember the scripture, but the Word also states something about ‘do not blot our name out if we do not endure to the end’..does this mean we are always saved as well. I believe the statement was in Revelations but not sure. In fact it is in Revelations 3:5.
Not Seeing Your Point
The first passage you’re referring to is Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Really, isn’t this speaking of those who’re outwardly “religious” and inwardly they’re children of the devil? If Jesus says He never knew them, then they never were saved in the first place. If this scripture, which is our Saviors words, were speaking of the redeemed, how could Jesus say He never knew them? He’s the very one they’d have to rely on for their salvation.
Look at what Jesus says about His sheep. John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Did you notice the words I underlined? Jesus knows us, His sheep. Did He say that He knew the ones He was talking to in Matthew 7? No. As a matter of fact He said; “I Never New You”! If those people in Matthew 7 were saved, the Savior would have had to say; “I know you but there’s just not enough grace for you because you didn’t keep your salvation.”
Lets not be silly enough to believe that we’re the ones that keep our salvation. That’s a works salvation that has nothing to do with grace. If we had to work our way into heaven, nobody would even make it into the pearly gates. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Also, if the Lord told saved people that had lost their salvation that He never knew them, wouldn’t that be a lie? My Lord doesn’t lie.
As for the 10 virgins, Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. What exactly do you believe that the oil for the lamps represents? Without the oil (the Holy Spirit) how can the Light (Jesus) shine in your life? Of course they had oil while the were in this world, which is the oil that the entire world can see (Jesus), but they didn’t have enough of Him, they were foolish and didn’t quite see the need to get the sufficient amount (Salvation).
The many that you were referring to is Matthew 22:10: So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. How many hear the Word of God and reject it? How many are drawn (called) by the Holy Spirit to accept eternal life that reject this precious gift?
And last but not least, you mentioned Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Do you realize that there are 2 (two) Books of Life? Has anyone ever brought that to your attention?
Why do you suppose that there are two books called the Book of Life? I really believe that when we are born into this old sinful world, our name is written in the book of life, but if we reject the Savior it would seem that our name is blotted out. When our name is written in the Lambs Book of Life, it will abide there forever!
Lambs book of life:
- Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
- Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
book of life:
- Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
- Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I’ll leave you with a thought! We’re part of the Body of Christ once we’re saved. Go to your kitchen sink and fill it full of water. Next, I want you to put your finger under the faucet and let a drop of water fall onto it. Place your finger over the full sink and let the drop of water fall into it. The final thing I want you to do is reach into that sink full of water and retrieve that very same drop you placed into it from your finger. Did you find it? Surely you can pull that same drop of water out of that body of water in the sink! I’m not trying to be cute, just making a point.