Many times I have heard people use this scripture, to try to back up their false doctrine, that salvation can be lost. When examining a doctrine one does not take it out of context and try to fudge it into a predisposed mind set. In determining a doctrinal position, one must examine ALL scriptures within their context and then, come to a conclusion.
Based upon the many scriptures which tell us that salvation is a free gift and not earned, how can we reconcile this verse. Let’s take a look shall we?
First of all where is this scripture located and what is the topic being discussed? We can see that it is in Matthew chapter 24, prior to the Jesus going to the cross. We can also see that he was talking about the end times. If we look at verse 9 we can see that Jesus is specifically talking about the Jews in the end times. He is not addressing the church which did not exist then, anyway. The rest of the chapter is also Jesus prophesying about the Jews in the latter days, not the church. He is telling the Jews to endure until all things are completed and then Messiah will come.
This chapter is not talking about the church; however for the sake of argument let us suppose that Jesus means the church too. How do we reconcile this with all the other chapters (read my prior blogs) that tell us salvation is a free gift, not earned by any works, and is given without repentance? Well, as I have shown you in prior blogs, to be really saved one must be born of God and in the Spirit, baptized in Christ and not just have an intellectual understanding about Jesus. If anyone is truly saved then God lives in them. Literally! The body of Christ is his temple. God lives in his people!
That being said, scriptures plainly tell us that those born of God are new creatures in Christ; the old man is dead, no longer existing! Therefore, the true Christian can never fall away. Who falls away? Who does not endure to the end? It is the APOSTATE. (False believer, the false shepherd, the cultist, carnal “Christian” or in other words the unsaved pretending to be saved but not really born again).
The Bible tells us that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. If a person claiming to know God and lives in habitual sin and does not walk after God and be sold out to Jesus then that person is not saved and never was saved. Jesus says that “you shall know them by their fruit”
How can we know who is really saved and who is not? Well, in all honesty, only God truly knows who are really his. Some may look saved on the outside and be old bones dead in sin on the inside while some may be saved and have come out of deep sin and God is still continuing to clean them up. So, they may not look so hot to you but God he sees their heart and how far he has brought them.
So yes, indeed, those who endure to the end will be saved! Those who really belong to God will endure all things in their lives and continue to stay true to Jesus. Now that is fruit that will truly remain for all eternally!
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8