To clear up the doctrine of being saved: many people refuse the teaching of once you’ve been saved, you are forever saved. Now let’s get this sorted out once and for all. Jesus taught this:
3: Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow,
4: “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5: “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6: “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7: “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8: “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop; some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9: He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
If you don’t understand this parable, Jesus is talking about those who are saved and those who haven’t ‘made the grade’. He promises that those whom the Father has called will come to Christ. These are the ones who will have the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now look. If you have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, you have been given God’s seal. You SHALL NOT BE LOST TO HIM. He will not let you go. But if you have not been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, you do not have His seal and therefore, you are not under grace but the wrath of God abides on you.
A little further on in this chapter, Jesus gives the interpretation of the parable as his disciples requested. Now they needed to understand what He taught and what His parables meant as they were to go out after His resurrection to teach the rest of the world! Jesus therefore taught them. Hear His teaching from Matthew 13:18-23:
18: “Therefore, hear the parable of the sower:
19: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
20: “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21: “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
22: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23: “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
I have deliberately emphasised certain words to show you the importance of those who will hear the word. It ties in with ‘many are called, few are chosen!’ Also that few will find the narrow way. Now look who gets to hear the gospel. All kinds of people. The first is he who refuses to believe. The second is one who ‘thinks’ he is saved, but he does not follow protocol. The word of God doesn’t abide in him because he doesn’t care to study it. Therefore, when trouble comes, he has nothing to stand on. No Scriptures to fall back on to save himself with. The armour of God has many things involved, one of which is the sword of the Spirit. Ever wondered why sword has a ‘w’ in it? Well, take away the ‘s’ and you are left with ‘word’. The Word of God. You see this throughout Scripture when judgement is spoken of. It is everything that is written in the Bible that all will be judged by. That Book is God’s s’w’ord (sword) left for us to take up and use in our fight against spiritual wickedness. If we don’t get to learn it and how to use it, we will certainly fall away from the faith. Make absolutely no mistake about it.
Now the third person is he who again thinks he has ‘faith’, but he lives like the world lives, thinking he can do as he likes even though he ‘believes’ in God. Here’s the truth of that one: The demons also believe (and live how they like). They tremble because of their belief! They know absolutely that God lives and that He has appointed a Day for judgement. Since they don’t want to go into Hell alone, they will do their absolute utmost to make sure they take as many souls with them as they can. Don’t want to join them? Then don’t fall for the curse of loving the world and the things in it. Love God and His word and do as He commands.
The fourth and final person Jesus speaks of is the one who takes in His teachings, believes and receives the Holy Spirit Who will keep him. He follows Christ, not counting the cost to himself and takes what he has been taught and teaches others, drawing who he can towards our beloved Saviour.
Now, that’s faith! This one may fall, may stumble, but will never let go of God and God will never let go of him. It is written that these who truly believe will never be snatched out of Christ’s or the Father’s hand. If you truly have the gift of the Spirit, you have been sealed. Once sealed with the Promised Spirit, you cannot be snatched away and God’s word can never be snatched away from you.
A special reading of Hebrews 6 and Hebrews 10 should be taken in. I thoroughly recommend both chapters. Read them both all the way through, taking special account of what it says about those who have tasted of the good gift of God. If THEY fall away, there is no further help for them. It is shown here that these have committed the sin that can never be forgiven. In which case, they have had Light and turned from it. These are very dangerous Scriptures. Do not play with them. The truth is, if you hear the word of God but don’t live in faithful obedience, you are living in rebellion towards Him, even though you think you ‘believe’. (James2:19).There are dire consequences. Be very careful to count the cost of salvation. There IS a cost. (Luke 14:27-33). There is nothing easy about having to take up your cross, leaving everything of this world behind and following the Master. If you are faithful to Him, your reward in Eternity is very great. Storing up treasures in heaven is far better than trying to grab whatever you can down here. Everything in this world, plus the world itself is going to perish one day. (2 Peter 3:10-12). Those who disobey Christ will perish with it. If you choose to come to Him, then obey His commandments. You will then be safe from His wrath. Whoever says they love Him MUST obey Him. (John 14:15). That’s true salvation. Obedience gets its own reward in that you can never be lost or snatched from Him. (John 10:28-29). Obedience to Christ is how to shame the devil. It’s the epitome of submitting to God. If you submit to God, you are fully able to resist the devil who then must flee from you. To flee means to run away in panic! Whoever speaks of the devil in those terms? The Bible does. Read James 4:7.
So salvation is secure in those who are truly saved. If you have the Spirit of God truly dwelling within you, you will not turn your back on Christ. Peter didn’t, did he, even though he once denied Christ three times. Take comfort from this and continue to follow Him. Be warned, however, if you are not truly following Him. As said above – there are dire consequences!