Security of the Believer: Once Saved Always Saved?
by Rich Deem

Introduction

Four Views on Eternal SecurityThere seems to be a growing trend among Christians to deny that Christians can be sure whether they are saved - or will remain so - until they die. Is it true, "once saved always saved" or can we lose our salvation through disobedience or unbelief? Theologically, this doctrine has been referred to as the perseverance of the saints or security of the believer.

Salvation

Before we can examine whether a believer can be secure in his salvation, we need to understand how we are saved according to the Bible. In many religions it is believed that a person goes to heaven if one's good deeds outweigh ones bad deeds. However, the Bible says that sins (bad deeds) keep a person out of heaven,1 regardless of good deeds, since God is completely without sin and cannot have fellowship with a sinner.2 When Jesus first taught this concept, the disciples were astonished and asked "Who then can be saved?"3 Jesus' response was "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) So, the Bible says that salvation is a work of God,4 based upon belief in Jesus Christ.5 Although the concept of belief seems simple and straightforward, it involves more than just an acknowledgement that Jesus existed in history, since even the demons "believe":

Always Saved?

I put up this page in response to the overwhelming number of pages refuting the idea of eternal security on the web. If you are an eternal security skeptic, please read the entire page before emailing me. Thank you!

Rich Deem

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder. (James 2:19)

The difference between a true believer and a demon is that although the demon mentally understands the concept, he rejects the lordship of Jesus Christ. Likewise, a "Christian" who responded to an altar call in 1982, but isn't following Jesus isn't really a believer. The New Testament qualifies the definition of a believer as being one who has faith in Jesus Christ.6 Faith is more than merely having some knowledge about the facts surrounding the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said that those who truly believed in Him would "take up his cross" and follow Him.7 The Bible calls into question the "belief" of anyone who is not following Jesus as Lord. Another sign of a true believer is that the believer does not practice sin (live in a state of continual sin),8 although we are not completely without sin.9

At least part of the controversy about the security of the believer has to do with the definition of a true believer. Many critics of "once saved always saved" object to what they call "easy beliefism." Much of the emphasis in Christian evangelism is on the "altar call" or "revival meeting." Although some people can be saved through such activities, many are caught up in the emotion of the moment and do not really believe. Then they wonder why their lives have not changed. It is clear from the Bible that the true believer is transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit.10

Why the believer has assurance of salvation

Once we have defined who a true believer is we can show why such an individual can be assured of their salvation. The Bible says quite clearly that we can know that we have eternal life:

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

Although this is the strongest verse telling us that we can know that we have eternal life, it is not the only biblical evidence. The Bible also says we can know that

If it is true that we cannot know for sure if we are saved, how can we know all these other things, which are dependent upon salvation?

Called, chosen, predestined, sealed, heirs

The Bible makes numerous claims that believers have been chosen and called by God and predestined to be His heirs. I am listing all these verses in the text below (rather than in the references section) so that you get an appreciation of how prevalent these teachings are. In other words, these are not "one verse" ideas.

Children of God

First, the Bible indicates that believers are children of God:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God disowns one of His children.

Predestined for salvation

The Bible also indicates that believers have been predestined, even before the creation of the world:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God unpredestines a believer.

Heirs of God

In addition, the Bible indicates that believers are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, according to the promises of God:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God disinherits a believer. Please cite one verse where God breaks a promise.

Called by God

The Bible also says that believers are called by God:

The Bible says God's call is irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)19 To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God uncalls a believer.

Chosen by God

The Bible also indicates that believers are chosen by God:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God unchooses a believer.

Sealed by God

The Bible also says believers are sealed by God for redemption:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God unseals a believer.

Glorified by God

The Bible says that believers will be glorified after death:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where God unglorifies a believer.

Born again, new creature

The Bible says that once one believes, one becomes born again:

To the eternal security skeptic: Please cite one verse in the Bible where a believer can be unborn again.

Over 80 verses, from virtually every New Testament book indicates that the believer is predestined, called, chosen, and sealed as a child of God to be an heir with Christ for glorification in heaven. The idea that believers can never have assurance of their salvation is something that is refuted over and over in the Bible.

Eternal Life

Throughout the Bible are promises of eternal life to believers. None of these verses indicate that one can lose the eternal life that God promises:

In John 5:24 above, Jesus says that a believer "has crossed over from death to life." Nowhere does the Bible say that a believer can cross back to death. In John 6:39, Jesus said He would "lose none" of those the Father gave Him. Was Jesus lying? Acts 13:48 says that believers have been "appointed for eternal life." Nowhere does the Bible say a believer can become unappointed. In Titus 1:2, Paul tells us that God promised eternal life "before the beginning of time." The promise is tied to God's inability to lie. In Titus 3:5-7, Paul tells us that believers undergo "rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." Nowhere does the Bible say a believer can be unreborn or unrenewed. John tells us in 1 John 5:11-13 that we can know we have eternal life. If it's true that we can lose our salvation, why does John say that we can know we have eternal life? Dozens of other verses explain how believers can earn rewards in heaven by doing good works on earth20 (although such works do not get one into heaven). If we can lose our salvation, what happens to all those rewards we had supposedly earned?

Can one lose salvation through sin?

The Bible indicates that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.21 This means that no sin a believer commits can result in condemnation or loss of salvation. What about "believers" who live in a continual state of sin? Such individuals are hypocrites and not believers at all. The Bible indicates that believers do not practice sin on a routine basis.8 A direct example of a believer falling into sin, but still retaining his salvation is given by Paul:

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife... hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:1, 5)

Paul indicates that the man was committing incest with his father's wife (mother?), yet Paul was still confident that his spirit would be saved. So, a true believer cannot lose his salvation through sin.

Can one lose salvation through unbelief?

There is one sin that the Bible indicates is unforgivable - blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.22 The context states that the Pharisees had accused Jesus of doing miracles through the power of Satan, instead of the power of the Holy Spirit. Hence, attributing the works of God to Satan is an unforgivable sin, being in essence, complete unbelief. In fact, unbelief is the only sin that cannot be forgiven. Can a true believer fall into unbelief? According to all the verses list previously, the answer is no. The Bible says believers will persevere, even in the face of extreme opposition.23 Numerous atheists have claimed to have gone from being believers to unbelievers. It is difficult to confirm that these individuals were, in fact, true believers. Several atheists have written to me making such a claim. However, upon making further inquires of them, it has been clear that they never truly understood what faith meant, and never had any kind of experience with the Holy Spirit. So, I have never been able to confirm that a true believer has ever gone into unbelief. Even if they did, we would not know if they came back to faith later in their lives.

He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)

Loss of salvation in Bible?

Dozens of websites claim that the believer does not have any security for salvation. This is a summary and rebuttal to their arguments. One of their main complaints is that the doctrine of eternal security might lead to licentiousness (increased sinning). However, those who value sin above Jesus are not real believers anyway. My contention is that those kinds of people would practice sin whether or not they believed in eternal security. So, the claim that the doctrine of eternal security might lead to licentiousness is a red herring. Here are their other arguments.

Parable of the sower

The parable of the sower has been used by eternal security skeptics as proof that eternal security does not exist, since Jesus indicates that at least one group "fell away."24 However, if this were a parable about salvation, then there should be only two groups (saved versus not saved) instead of four, as in the parable. The first group does not even understand the gospel message, hence doesn't believe.25 The second group hears the word of God and "receives it with joy," but falls away because of "trouble or persecution."24 The third group hears the word but produces no fruit since they are more concerned about wealth and worries of life.26 Unbelievers are able to recognize the goodness of the gospel, and may play the religion game while there is no cost to them. Both the second and third groups fall into this category. Neither group produces any fruit. It would be quite a stretch saying that these groups represent true believers. True believers always produce some fruit (although the amount of fruit can vary considerably). Since the "seed" in the parable is the preaching of the gospel, it is clear that none of the first three groups ever preached the gospel to others. So, it is quite clear that none of these people were true believers at any point before they "fell away."

Matthew 7:21

In Matthew 7:21, Jesus says that not all who call Him Lord will go to heaven, "but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."27 If we continue reading, we find out what Jesus is talking about. Some of these people who call Jesus "Lord, Lord" are actually practicing evil. The NIV calls them "evildoers" while the NASB says they "practice lawlessness." Either way you translate it, these people are pretending to be followers of Jesus while they continually practice evil deeds. So, these people are not backsliding Christians, but unbelievers who were never truly saved.

Matthew 24:10

In His description of the Great Tribulation, Jesus says in Mathew 24:10 says that "many will turn away from the faith."28 Although it seems at first glance to be a pretty clear description of believers losing their salvation, it is really a description similar to that found in the parable of the sower (discussed above), in which unbelievers playing the religion game fall away under the pressure of persecution. In addition, the Greek word translated "turn away"29 does not necessarily indicate a permanent condition, since all the disciples "turned away" when Jesus was arrested and crucified.30 However, within three days they were all back on board, so, obviously, this word does not imply they lost their salvation.

Mark 13:13

Mark 13:13, along with Matthew 10:22, 24:12-13 indicate that "one who stands firm to the end will be saved."31 One must look at the context to determine what these verses are referring to. In all instances, the context is persecution of the followers of Jesus by unbelievers. A true believer will hold onto his faith in Christ even in the face of persecution. One should note that none of these verses say that a person will lose their salvation if he fails to stand firm.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)

John 8:31

In John 8:31 Jesus distinguished between Jews who were true disciples and those who weren't saying they "hold to my teaching."32 Believers are not saved by holding to His teaching, but they hold to His teaching because they are saved. There will always be those who pretend to be believers, but do not hold to the teachings of Jesus.

Acts 5:32

Acts 5:32 says that God has given the Holy Spirit to "those who obey Him."33 Eternal security skeptics say this verse implies that if you stop obeying God the Holy Spirit will be taken away and you will lose your salvation. But the verse doesn't say that. It says that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God. The Holy Spirit is not given to those who pretend to obey God, but to those who actually obey. The verse does not say that one can lose the Holy Spirit or his salvation through an act of disobedience. If this were true, then none would ever be saved.

Romans 2:13

Romans 2:13 says that those who merely hear the law are not righteous, but those who obey the law.34 It sounds like believers have to obey all the laws to be justified. However, the context makes the meaning clear. Here is the preceding verse:

For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; (Romans 2:12)

The last part of the verse should be chilling to all people who have a realistic understanding of their moral condition. The phrase "all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law" refers to anybody who has ever sinned at any time - this means everybody! In other words, if you choose to live under the law you will be condemned by it! Personally, I prefer living under the grace of God given through faith in Jesus Christ. The eternal security skeptics are welcome to live under the law if they want, but I don't recommend it!

Romans 8:13

Romans 8:13 says that if you live according to the sinful nature you will die, but if you live by the Spirit you will live.35 Does this mean that you will lose your salvation if you sin? The answer is found in the very next verse, which says, "those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God."36 So, those who are living according to the sinful nature are not sons of God at all, but unbelievers. The verse does not refer to believers. Elsewhere, Paul makes it clear that there are "so-called brothers"37 who are really unbelievers, practicing evil within the church body. Paul says to kick them out of the congregation.

1 Corinthians 9:27

In 1 Corinthians 9:2738 the context is one of a race,39 which is compared to the preaching of the gospel. Although Paul talks about being "disqualified," he is not speaking of salvation at all, but of service. He was not suggesting that he might ever be lost, but that he might not stand the test as far as his service was concerned, and might be rejected for the prize, which exactly fits the meaning of the word "disqualified" from an athletic context. Paul recognizes the possibility that the Lord might determine him as no longer usable by Him (hence "disqualified"). Paul indicated that he did what he did for the gospel to "share in its blessings,"40 hence his motivation not to be "disqualified."

1 Corinthians 10:12

1 Corinthians 10:12 warns believers to "be careful that you don't fall!"41 Does this mean that a Christian can fall out of salvation? The next verse makes it clear that the "fall" is in reference to succumbing to temptation:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

So, the verse is referring to standing under temptation rather than falling into it. It does refer to salvation at all.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

1 Corinthians 15 is Paul's defense of the doctrine of the resurrection, which was being challenged by some in the Corinthian church. In his introduction, Paul says the gospel is the means "by which also you are saved" and adds, "if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain."42 To eternal security skeptics, Paul is implying that if you don't hold fast you have believed in vain and lost your salvation. However, the broader context shows that the "believing in vain" refers to one's position if one accepts the false premise that there is no resurrection. In fact, Paul flat out says in verse 14 "if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."43 He repeats the concept in verse 17, saying, "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins."44 In verse 19 Paul says "we are to be pitied more than all men" if there is no resurrection oft he dead.45 So, your belief would be in vain if there is no resurrection, not if you fail to "hold fast."

Colossians 1:21-23

Colossians 1:21-23 discusses the reconciliation of mankind to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Paul indicates that believers are reconciled to God "in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach."46 However, verse 23 adds a condition, "if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard." The Bible makes it clear that true believers will persevere in the faith under all circumstances.23 The warning it seems was written to those who assume they are believers, when they aren't. Such verses will cause the casual "believer" to examine his faith for veracity.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Paul is writing to believers about the second coming of Christ, beginning with the admonition, "Let no one in any way deceive you."47 The assumption is that believers can be deceived, presumably about their salvation. Although I know that Christians can be deceived, this passage in no way is about salvation. It is about the timing of the second coming of Christ, which cannot occur until the antichrist is revealed.

1 Timothy 4:1

Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 4:1 "that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons."48 The fact that some people fall away from the faith does not mean that they were ever saved, but that they had professed to be Christians at some point in time. They knew about the Lord Jesus Christ and professed for a time to follow Him, but then they apostatized from the faith.

1 Timothy 5:15

1 Timothy 5:15 says, "Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan."49 Who are these "some" who turned away? The context shows that the passage is referring to the treatment of widows. Paul gives the advice that the older widows are to be taken care of by the church. However, the younger widows are to remarry and raise a family as opposed to becoming "gossips and busybodies."50 So, some of these younger widows have turned away to follow Satan. We don't know if these widows were true believers or not. It is possible that their husbands had been believers while they were not.

Hebrews 3:12, 15

Hebrews chapter 3 is about how the children of Israel rebelled when Moses was leading them out of Egypt. Verse 12 says, "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God."51 Since it addresses the Hebrews as "brothers" it would seem to be written to believers. However, the verse warns the congregation not to have an unbelieving heart. In other words, it is referring to unbelievers within church. Verse 14 says we "share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end."51 Does this mean we lose our share of Christ is we don't hold firmly until the end? In looking at the overall context of the chapter, it is making reference to those who rebelled against Moses and God, which were the unbelievers. Ultimately, the passage makes this clear in verses 18-19:

And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. (Hebrews 3:18-19)

So, the entire chapter is about unbelievers, not backsliding Christians.

Hebrews 5:8-9

Hebrews 5:8-9 tells us that Jesus is "the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him."52 The verse is telling the truth, but it is not saying that they obey Jesus perfectly. Salvation is not granted to those who pretend to obey Jesus, but to those who truly believe and obey.

Hebrews 6:4-6

Hebrews 6:4-6 is the most famous "proof" that eternal security does not exist. Here it is:

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace. (Hebrews 6:4-6)

Once again, we must ask the question of whether these people are believers or unbelievers. Let's look at their characteristics. First, at one point they had been enlightened about the gospel. Although they knew what is was, the text does not tells us that they ever accepted Jesus as their Lord. Next, they have "tasted the heavenly gift," that is the Lord Jesus. Tasting is quite a telling word. In the Greek, it means to sample or try out some food.53 It doesn't mean to consume the meal. In fact, it suggests that they never made that commitment. They also "shared in the Holy Spirit." This description is also unusual. A true believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit,54 not merely "sharing" or "partaking" of the Spirit. However, the Holy Spirit is not just active in the life of a believer, but also convicts the unbeliever of "sin and righteousness and judgment."55 Therefore, it is entirely consistent with the Holy Spirit working within the life of an unbeliever who is considering a response to the gospel. Third, these people "tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age." Again, tasting the word of God is not the same as living the word of God. So, the people who are being described in the passage are those who have been associated with a Christian fellowship, but have fallen away. However, the falling away is not merely a passive thing, but they are "subjecting Him [Jesus] to public disgrace," indicating an active rejection of the gospel. Finally, verse 9 indicates that the above passage does not refer to those who have been saved, saying, "we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation."56 This verse mentions "things that accompany salvation," not things that result in salvation. In addition, verses 4-6 refer to "they" whereas verse 9 refers to "your," indicating that the verses are referring to different groups of people.

Hebrews 10:26-27

Hebrews 10:26 says, "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left."57 Again, we must ask the question whether this verse is talking about a believer or a non-believer. The first big hint is that the verse is about people who "deliberately keep on sinning." This does not describe the typical behavior of a believer. Yes, believers sin, but do not live in a state of continual sin. In addition, verse 27 describes these people as "enemies of God," which definitely does not describe believers, who are children of God. These people are described as having "received the knowledge of the truth" of the gospel. However, it does not say that they ever accept the truth and put into effect in their own lives. Hundreds of atheists have written me at this site and have "received the knowledge of the truth," although very few have actually become Christians. Here, the author is suggesting that if a person receives the knowledge of the truth of the gospel, but rejects it and keeps on sinning, he is lost and cannot be saved, since he has rejected Jesus' sacrifice for sins.

Hebrews 10:36

Hebrews 10:36 says, "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."58 The big question in this verse is what is the promise? Is it salvation or something else? The context makes it clear. Verses 23-24 tell us "He who promised is faithful" and encourages us to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds."59 Verse 35 tells us we "will be richly rewarded."60 So, the promise is one of rewards. The Bible tells us that we given rewards in heaven on the basis of our good deeds.61 These deeds do not get us into heaven, but do determine what kinds of rewards we get. Finally, in verse 39 the author distinguishes between those who are judged from those to whom the author is writing, who persevere:

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:39)

James 1:12

James 1:12 says "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."62 The interesting part of the verse is that God has promised the crown to those who love Him. It is not promised to those who stand up to persecution (the unstated assumption of the eternal security skeptics), but to those who love Him. The emphasis of the passage (James 1:1-12) is perseverance under trial. The main point of the verse is that the believer will be blessed by persevering under trial. Once the believer has gone to glory he will receive the "crown of life." In other verses through the New Testament it is called the "crown of exultation," "victor's crown," "crown of righteousness," or "crown of glory."63 The crown refers to the rewards that are given to those who love God and trust Jesus Christ. The Greek word for crown, stephanos, according to Thayer, has the meaning "metaphorically the eternal blessedness which will be given as a prize to the genuine servants of God and Christ: the crown (wreath) which is the reward of the righteousness."64 So, the crown does not refer to salvation at all, but rewards.

James 1:13-15

James 1:15 says "after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."65 The concept that sin leads to death is not a well-kept secret in the New Testament. In fact, there are well over a dozen other verses that make the same claim.66 However, believers do not lose their salvation through sinning. It is the unbeliever who never comes to faith in Jesus Christ, who suffers the second death due to unforgiven sin in his life.

James 5:19-20

James addresses "my brothers" and says in verse 5:20, "he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins."67 Although the verse is addressed to "brothers," not all among the brethren are necessarily saved. The fact that the brother had his soul saved from death and it covered a multitude of sins tells us that the "brother" was never saved in the first place. If he had been saved, his sin would have already been covered by faith in Jesus.

1 Peter 4:17-18

Peter tells us that judgment should "begin with the family of God" and adds, "what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?"68 He then quotes from Proverbs 11:31.69 Yes, it is difficult for the righteous to be saved. Jesus said believers had to enter through the narrow gate and that few find it.70 Peter's point in this passage is that Christians should examine themselves and live as righteous examples. His summary statement in verse 19 says that believers should "continue to do good" in spite of trials and persecution.71

2 Peter 2:20-21

2 Peter 2:20-21 says, "If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning."72 Obviously, we need to know who the "they" are. 2 Peter 2 is a chapter about evildoers, who attempt to lead others into their own lifestyle. Beginning with verse 18, the text is clear that the "they" are those who listen to the evildoers.

Verse 18 says "they" are "people who are just escaping from those who live in error." So, these people are associated with Christians and have begun to understand the way of righteousness, but they are not yet believers. Verse 21 says, "It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command..."72 So, the passage is clear that these people are not backsliding Christians, but those who have heard the word and then rejected it to follow after evildoers.

1 John 2:17

1 John 2:17 tells us that "the man who does the will of God lives forever."73 Obviously, the converse is also true that the man who never does the will of God does not live forever. This verse does not mean that a person must do the will of God in every single instance. If this were true then none would ever be saved. It is a heart who has chosen to do God's will as best he can. Verse 19 completely refutes the whole concept that eternal security skeptics proclaim, saying that those who "turn away" from the "faith" were actually never really part of it:

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. (1 John 2:19)

You will never find that verse quoted by eternal security skeptics!

1 John 5:3-5

1 John 5:3-5 is quoted on eternal security webpages as refuting eternal security, but like all others, it doesn't. Let's look at it:

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:3-5)

Yes, those who love God obey his commandments. Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command."74 Anyone who claims to love God, but does not attempt to obey His commands is a liar.75 1 John also tells us that everyone born of God overcomes the world through the power of God.76 So, true believers obey God's commands and overcomes the temptations of the world, although not always perfectly.

Revelation 2:5

Revelation 2:577 is not about salvation at all. The verse comes from a letter from Jesus to the Church at Ephesus. The original church was on fire for the Lord. However, over time, the church became complacent and unfruitful. Jesus told them to repent and go back to what they were doing at first. The lampstand is symbolic of the assembly at Ephesus. So, removing the lampstand means that Jesus would cause the church at Ephesus to cease to exist. The verse has nothing to do with salvation.

Revelation 2:10, 3:11

Revelation 2:1078 is another verse from Jesus' letters to the seven churches. The concept of the "crown of life" has been discussed previously.

Revelation 2:11

In revelation 2:11, Jesus says to the church at Smyrna, "He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death."79 The term "second death" is a term defined later in the book of Revelation and refers to those who are thrown into the lake of fire (hell) after the judgment.80 All true believers overcome the temptations and trials of the world and are not subject to eternal condemnation.

Revelation 3:5

Revelation 3:5 says, "He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life."81 The question is what is this "book of life" and how does one's name get into the book or be removed from the book? The Old Testament verses describing the "book of Life" indicate that all the living are placed in the book of life and are removed from the book as the result of systematic sin (i.e., unbelief).82 In the New Testament, the book of Revelation says that names are written in the book of life only for those who believe.83 However, their names were written in the book "from the creation of the world."83 In Revelation 3:5, Jesus says He "will never blot out his name from the book of life" to those who overcome. He didn't say He would blot out the names of those who fall. However, believers have been given the authority to "overcome all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19).84

Revelation 3:21

In Revelation 3:21, Jesus says, "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne.85 The position is one of honor for those who overcome the trials and persecutions of the world.86 So, this verse is talking about rewards and not salvation.

Revelation 21:7

In revelation 21:7 God tells us, "He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son."87 Since all believers have been given the authority to overcome, this verse applies to all believers.84 The verse before (Revelation 21:6) makes it clear that this reward is given freely to all who thirst.88

Revelation 22:12

In Revelation 22:12, Jesus says, "My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done."89 Of course, the verse is about rewards given to believers, which is independent of obtaining salvation. Believers receive rewards in heaven based upon good deeds ("what he has done") performed on earth,20 although these deeds to not get one into heaven.

Fallen from grace?

My concern for the eternal security skeptic is that at least some of them give the impression that they believe they have to earn or maintain their salvation through some form of conformity to the law. Paul makes it clear in Galatians 5:4 that those who seek to be justified by the law have "fallen from grace" and "have been severed from Christ."90 In other words, they are not even saved! My advice to them is to trust in God's promises and believe that Jesus died for all your sins, regardless of your ability to live up to the standards of the law.

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Four Views on Eternal SecurityThe security of the believer is a core doctrine in biblical Christianity. The doctrine is not just some idea based upon a few verses in the New Testament. As shown here, there are over 400 verses that espouse this doctrine in one way or another. Skeptics of eternal security selectively cite a few dozen verses out-of-context or that aren't really addressing the topic of salvation, but usually of rewards. If you are trusting in Jesus for your salvation, your name has already been written in the Lamb's book of life and you will go to heaven. However, if you are pretending to be a Christian, going through the motions, and don't really believe, no amount of pretending will get you into heaven. Do you feel guilty about the sin in your life? If so, this is the work of the Holy Spirit to conform you to the image of Jesus. Follow Him!

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18)


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  1. The Bible says the following sins keep one from heaven: idolatry, adultery, prostitution, theft, greed, drunkenness, swindling, impurity, witchcraft, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, dissensions, factions and envy, orgies, lying, cowardice, unbelief, sorcery, sexual immorality, homosexual offenses, slander, hatred, selfish ambition, abomination, and murder. See 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21 and Revelation 21:8.
  2. "Since the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you lest He turn away from you." (Deuteronomy 23:14)
    And the men of Beth-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?" (1 Samuel 6:20)
    "This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence. (Job 13:16)
  3. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" (Matthew 19:25)
    The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" (Mark 10:26)
    Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" (Luke 18:26)
  4. Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (John 6:29)
    However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. (Romans 4:5)
    But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- (Ephesians 2:8)
    I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. (Ephesians 3:7)
  5. Salvation is based upon belief in Jesus Christ:
    • Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40)
    • These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:7)
    • Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- (John 1:12)
    • Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)
    • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
    • Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18)
    • Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:36)
    • "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)
    • Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (John 6:29)
    • For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)
    • I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. (John 6:47)
    • I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins." (John 8:24)
    • Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)
    • Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40)
    • But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)
    • Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. (Acts 5:14)
    • But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12)
    • This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:42)
    • All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:43)
    • So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?" (Acts 11:17)
    • The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. (Acts 11:21)
    • "Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)
    • When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
    • No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." (Acts 15:11)
    • They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." (Acts 16:31)
    • Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized. (Acts 18:8)
    • Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." (Acts 19:4)
    • I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
    • This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, (Romans 3:22)
    • but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. (Romans 4:24)
    • Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)
    • That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
    • Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Romans 11:20-23)
    • For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
    • By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:2)
    • I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:2)
    • Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? (Galatians 3:5)
    • But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22)
    • And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13)
    • And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
    • But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
    • But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
    • Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. (Hebrews 4:3)
    • But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. (Hebrews 10:39)
    • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
    • Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. (1 John 5:1)
    • I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
  6. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:21)
    This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, (Romans 3:22)
    God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:25-26)
    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
    Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
    know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
    He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:14)
    But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22)
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, (Galatians 3:26)
    Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13)
    and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15)
    These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:7)
  7. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-22)
    But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead." (Matthew 8:22)
    As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)
    "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37-38)
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
    Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Matthew 19:21)
    Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:27-28)
    As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." (Mark 1:16-17)
    AAs he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. (Mark 2:14)
    Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:34-35)
    Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21)
    and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:10-11)
    After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:27-28)
    Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24)
    He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:59-62)
    "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26-27)
    When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Luke 18:22)
    The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me." (John 1:43)
    When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
  8. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:9-10)
    Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
    The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
    This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:10)
  9. "When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; (1 Kings 8:46)
    For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. (Psalms 14:1)
    For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalms 53:1-3)
    Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
    All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:6)
    For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
    "Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him. (Daniel 9:11)
    as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one;" (Romans 3:10)
    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
    Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- (Romans 5:12)
    If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
  10. Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
    Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)
    And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
    Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. (Galatians 6:15)
    by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, (Ephesians 2:15)
    You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
    and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:10-11)
    But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Titus 3:4-6)
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)
    Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, (1 Peter 2:2)
  11. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)
  12. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:5-6)
  13. Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (1 Corinthians 6:19)
    Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. (1 John 3:24)
    We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)
    For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
  14. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 John 3:14)
  15. because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. (2 Corinthians 4:14)
  16. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
  17. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18)
    Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. (Ephesians 6:7-8)
  18. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
  19. for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)
  20. Believers earn rewards in heaven by doing good works on earth:
    • Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12)
    • "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)
    • so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:4)
    • "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. (Matthew 6:5)
    • But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
    • so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:18)
    • Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. (Matthew 10:41)
    • And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." (Matthew 10:42)
    • For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. (Matthew 16:27)
    • I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41)
    • "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. (Luke 6:23)
    • But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35)
    • The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:8)
    • If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. (1 Corinthians 3:14)
    • because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. (Ephesians 6:8)
    • since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:24)
    • So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35)
    • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
    • He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (Hebrews 11:26)
    • Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. (2 John 1:8)
    • The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18)
    • "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
  21. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin:
    • This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
    • God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-- (Romans 3:25)
    • Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! (Romans 5:9)
    • In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace (Ephesians 1:7)
    • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
    • and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (Revelation 1:5)
  22. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. (Matthew 12:31)
    I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." (Mark 3:28-29)
    And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Luke 12:10)
  23. Perseverance of the saints:
    • But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:15)
    • Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4)
    • Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)
    • The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles--were done among you with great perseverance. (2 Corinthians 12:12)
    • Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. (2 Thessalonians 1:4)
    • May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
    • Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
    • You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
    • By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27)
    • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1)
    • because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (James 1:3)
    • Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4)
    • Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
    • As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:11)
    • and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; (2 Peter 1:6)
    • I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. (Revelation 2:2)
    • You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. (Revelation 2:3)
    • I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. (Revelation 2:19)
  24. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. (Matthew 13:20-21)
  25. When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. (Matthew 13:19)
  26. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
  27. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Matthew 7:21-23)
  28. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, (Matthew 24:10)
  29. Thayer Definition of skandalizō σκανδαλίζω (Strong's G4624)
    1. to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, metaphorically to offend
      1. to entice to sin
      2. to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey
        1. to cause to fall away
        2. to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority
        3. to cause one to judge unfavourably or unjustly of another
      3. since one who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels annoyed
        1. to cause one displeasure at a thing
        2. to make indignant
        3. to be displeased, indignant
    Part of Speech: verb
    A Related Word by Thayer's/Strong's Number: from G4625
    Citing in TDNT: 7:339, 1036
  30. Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." (Matthew 26:31-33)
    "You will all fall away," Jesus told them, "for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not." (Mark 14:27-29)
  31. He who stands firm to the end will be saved:
    • All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22)
    • Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)
    • All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mark 13:13)
  32. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. (John 8:31)
  33. "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." (Acts 5:32)
  34.  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Romans 2:13)
  35. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (Romans 8:13)
  36. because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)
  37. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)
  38. but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
  39. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
  40. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:23)
  41. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)
  42. Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)
  43. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (1 Corinthians 15:14)
  44. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
  45. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. (1 Corinthians 15:19)
  46. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach-- if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. (Colossians 1:21-23)
  47. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  48. The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (1 Timothy 4:1)
  49. Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan. (1 Timothy 5:15)
  50. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. (1 Timothy 5:13)
  51. See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)
    We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Hebrews 3:14)
  52. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Hebrews 5:8-9)
  53. Thayer Definition of geuomai γεύομαι (Strong's G1089)
    1. to taste, to try the flavour of
    2. to taste
      1. i.e. perceive the flavour of, partake of, enjoy
      2. to feel, make trial of, experience
    3. to take food, eat, to take nourishment, eat
      Part of Speech: verb
      A Related Word by Thayer's/Strong's Number: a root word
      Citing in TDNT: 1:675, 117
  54. The believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit:
    • But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13)
    • You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9)
    • And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)
    • For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)
    • Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
    • Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (1 Corinthians 6:19)
    • What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." (2 Corinthians 6:16)
    • But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. (Galatians 5:18)
    • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
    • Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:14)
    • We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)
  55. "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; (John 16:8)
  56. Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation. (Hebrews 6:9)
  57. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
  58. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
  59. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:23-24)
  60. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35)
  61. Although good deeds do not get you into heaven, Jesus made it very clear that people who get into heaven would earn different rewards in heaven on the basis of what they did with what God gave them on earth:
    •  "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. "Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.' (Matthew 25:14-28)
    Here are some more verses that indicate that the saved in heaven are rewarded on the basis of their good deeds:
    • "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12)
    • "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)
    • "He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. (Matthew 10:41)
    • And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left." But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to Him, "We are able." He said to them, "My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father." (Matthew 20:21-23)
    • "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. "Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23)
    • Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. (1 Corinthians 3:8-9)
    • each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)
    • Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24)
    • And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
    • "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
  62. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
  63. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
    Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5)
    Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)
    And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:4)
  64. Thayer Definition of stephanos στέφανος (Strong's G4735)
    1. a crown
      1. a mark of royal or (in general) exalted rank
        1. the wreath or garland which was given as a prize to victors in public games
      2. metaphorically the eternal blessedness which will be given as a prize to the genuine servants of God and Christ: the crown (wreath) which is the reward of the righteousness
      3. that which is an ornament and honour to one
    Part of Speech: noun masculine
    A Related Word by Thayer's/Strong's Number: from an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe)
    Citing in TDNT: 7:615, 1078
  65. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15)
  66. Sin leads to death:
    • Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-- (Romans 5:12)
    • Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. (Romans 5:14)
    • so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21)
    • Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. (Romans 6:13)
    • Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
    • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
    • For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. (Romans 7:5)
    • For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. (Romans 7:11)
    • Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. (Romans 7:13)
    • because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
    • The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (Romans 8:6)
    • For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (Romans 8:13)
    • The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)
    • remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)
    • For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, (1 Peter 3:18)
    • If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. (1 John 5:16)
    • All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. (1 John 5:17)
  67. My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
  68. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" (1 Peter 4:17-18)
  69. If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! (Proverbs 11:31)
  70. "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
  71. So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. (1 Peter 4:19)
  72. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. (2 Peter 2:20-21)
  73. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:17)
  74. "If you love me, you will obey what I command." (John 14:15)
    "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." (John 14:21)
    "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love." (John 15:10)
  75. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
  76. but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:3-4)
  77. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. (Revelation 2:5)
  78. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)
    I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Revelation 3:11)
  79. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Revelation 2:11)
  80. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. (Revelation 20:14)
    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)
  81. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. (Revelation 3:5)
  82. But now, please forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." (Exodus 32:32)
    The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. (Exodus 32:33)
    May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous. (Psalms 69:28)
  83. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. (Revelation 13:8)
    The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. (Revelation 17:8)
  84. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10:19)
  85. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21)
  86. Sitting on the throne is a reward for believers who overcome:
    • Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28)
    • "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. (Matthew 25:31)
    • The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, (Hebrews 8:1)
    • Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
    • Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. (Revelation 4:4)
    • Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. (Revelation 5:11)
    • After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)
    • Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. (Revelation 7:15)
    • And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)
  87. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:7)
  88. He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. (Revelation 21:6)
  89. "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
  90. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4)

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