From The Master's Table Web Site
Once Saved Always Saved?
Many ministers use John 10:24-29 to teach that once we are saved we are always saved, however we need to look at this scripture close because other scriptures teach that some were lost after they accepted the blood of Jesus and even the apostle Paul stated that he had to watch and pray always lest he even being a minister of righteousness could be lost and he also stated that God gave him a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble.
Let’s read what we are warned about in Heb 6: 4-6. "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
Notice For it is impossible and in vs. 6 if they fall away, denoting lost and never to be able to come again to partake of the Holy Spirit. This should cause great concern for anyone who has God's Holy Spirit! Another question is, if the teaching once saved always saved were true then what about this scripture above, and the other warnings in the book of Hebrews? Let’s take a look at them so we can be informed.
Also there are four warnings in the book of Hebrews that is given to those that have believed and accepted the blood of the Messiah.
The first warning:
Danger of neglect, Heb. 2:1-3. "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,"
The second warning:
Danger of unbelief, Heb 3:12-14. "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,"
The third warning:
Danger of not maturing Heb 5:12-14. "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
The fourth warning:
Danger of drawing back, Heb 10:26-31."For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
Now let’s read the scripture in question and understand the truth concerning this subject.
Jesus stated…”Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, "How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me. "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.” John 10:24-29
Now we must address the word “Pluck” or Snatch” form the Greek word Harpazo because this word was used in the above scripture which truly means BY FORCE not just to be taken. To be taken in the Greek is (paralambano) and is used in the scripture where Jesus states one shall be taken and the other left. Now the word (Harpazo) here means to seize or catch away suddenly or forcibly so what Jesus was saying is that no one could TAKE BY FORCE anyone that the Holy Father gave Him. This does not mean those that have accepted the blood of the Lamb as a sacrifice for sin could never deny or turn from it as we all have free will choice.
We do need to beware and do what we can to keep ourselves as close to the Messiah and His true teachings or we could be lost forever.
You might want to read the study titled “Put on the Whole Armor of God”
And Sin just what is it?
Timothy M. Youngblood ~ Elder