You can lose your salvation, faith apart from works is dead
Yes, you can lose your eternal life. Those who do not bear fruit and do not overcome will be cut away from the vine and be blot out from the book of life. On the other hand, those who overcome and bear fruit will inherit the New Jerusalem and will live forever with Yahweh.
It's easier to sell salvation if it doesn't require one to change
My fleshly father who brought me up in the faith taught me that we cannot lose our eternal life. And I believed it for long. But then I made my own research and read the Scriptures a lot if it was so. And I found it not so.
It’s a pink idea and one easy to sell that once you believe in the name of Yahusha and are immersed you can’t lose your eternal life. The wolfs (most pastors) teach the unconcerned sheep to just carry on because their sins are forgiven – nothing to worry. Of course it’s the devil’s idea, but most pastors, scholars and preachers equally like to share the devil’s job load.
It’s of course much easier to sign up new members for a church saying that once you believe and are immersed you’re all set, to have Sunday party and free biscuits than telling them that they should actually leave their sins, bear good fruits and overcome the World and sin. A difficult sell, but the only true story.
The free gift is a given. But one can always damage any gift he was given and he can also thrash that gift.
Nothing is required to secure our salvation but grace through faith. We don't have to do anything to receive the gift of grace, but we do need protect this gift by proving our faith and change our lives and keep the Law of Yahweh.
Martin Luther, the founder of the Reformation movement said we are saved "by faith alone" and so most of the churches (Babylon) that came out of the Reformation movement teach that we can't lose our salvation. I also want to point out that the Reformed church and the churches that came out of the movement has still roots in the Catholic church and has not done much good.
“No one can snatch them out of my hands”
I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
It sounds all good. But what most people don’t realize is that “snatch” is an external factor. What Yahusha is saying here in my humble opinion is that no one can cause us to lose our eternal lives. This is because he does not allow this. He protects us - provided that we don't make a bad choice or a series of bad choices.
Yahusha didn't say that we can’t lose our eternal lives by our own bad choices. He didn't say that we will never perish if we deny him, or if we don't follow his commandment, or if we don't overcome, or if we don't abide in him or if we don't bear fruit. Snatching is an external factor, choice is an internal one.
It's like a father telling his 18 year old daughter that he won't allow anyone to make her a harlot, and that no one will take her away from his protection if she stays in his house and abides by his rules. Then the girl makes up her mind one day to explore the city. Goes out to a party and plays the harlot. The father offered the protection from all external factors if she was to stay in the house and followed his rules. However, it was the girl's choice to go out from the house of the father and play the harlot. While making a bad choice she removed the father's protection.
Yahusha does not remove choice from the equation. So let’s look at the equation.
Faith apart from works is dead
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”; and yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder. But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith. In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.
I'm sure that at that time were also people who were trying to sell the dogma of faith alone. James must have heard about this and so wrote against it.
He is very clear in his letter. If one has faith it will produce good works. So faith alone that has no good works is dead indeed. He brings up an example where a believer who has faith does not give to to his brother who is in need. The brother in need is naked and has no food. Yet the believer who has faith says "Go in peace, be warmed and filled” without giving him clothes and food. How can his faith then save him? Faith will bring us to the knowledge of the Anointed King who is the word of God that says "Love your neighbor". This love must be an active love, James points out.
Our Master Yahusha told us about this before James wrote his letter.
But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
We can see that James was actually referring to this parable of Yahusha. What matters at the end of the day is that our faith produces good works. So indeed our faith will be judged by our works.
This resonates with what we read in Revelation about the great white throne of judgment.
I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them. I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.
Just to clarify, we produce good works by the power of the Anointed King and his Set Apart Spirit living in us. Without faith we can't be justified and without faith we can't produce good fruits.
The Word is the seed, our faith is the root and if our faith is in the good soil we can produce good fruits.
Depart from me you who commit lawlessness
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
Aren't those who say "Lord, Lord" who prophesy in his name and cast out demons in his name and do wonders in his name professing believers who got saved? Yet, to some of these believers Yahusha will say "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
It seems then that those who continue a life of lawlessness (sin is lawlessness) will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven!
If we deny him he will also deny us
Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
In other words we can lose our salvation if we deny our Master. How can a believer of Yahusha who later denies him enter the New Jerusalem I can't see.
Overcomers have eternal life, losers don’t
“And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write:
“He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things:
“I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If therefore you won’t watch, I will come as a thief, and you won’t know what hour I will come upon you. Nevertheless you have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.
Those who overcome will not be blot out from the book of life but logically, those who don’t overcome will be blotted out. I’m astonished how many people don’t use their Yahweh given logic.
Could it be that those who don't overcome were never his and never saved? Well, He is saying this to the assembly in Sardis. He is addressing believers!
And if there are those who overcome there are also those who don't overcome.
What good is for Yahweh to win a soul who then doesn't overcome the World and sin through the power of his Son but turns his back to his Creator and neglects to follow his commandments?
So what happens to those who don't overcome?
He who overcomes, I will give him these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son.
But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
If the entry to the New Jerusalem could be for all those who live a life of sin (while having faith in Yahusha) it would not make sense. Those who don't overcome the World and sin and continue breaking his Law are thrown into the lake of fire. Is this my wisdom or is it not written?
After they have escaped the defilement of the world
But these, as unreasoning creatures, born natural animals to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil in matters about which they are ignorant, will in their destroying surely be destroyed, receiving the wages of unrighteousness; people who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and defects, reveling in their deceit while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and who can’t cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed; children of cursing; forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing; but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man’s voice and stopped the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error; promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him.
For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Yahusha the Anointed King, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, “The dog turns to his own vomit again,”and “the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire.”
Could be Peter be talking about unbelievers who were actually never saved? How could he? He's saying "forsaking the right way, they went astray". So they knew the right way but forsake it. He's also saying that "after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Yahusha the Anointed King, they are again entangled in it and overcome". He's clearly talking about believers who once escaped the World and were saved, but then they were overcome by the World.
Of course, it’s easier to stay in our sins and carry on like nothing can go wrong. That’s what the world does anyway.
So will you follow the World or the one true Almighty who's name is Yahweh?
Bear fruits or you'll be gone
I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
It's not a difficult image to comprehend. Yahusha even clarifies for us that he is the vine and we are the branches. He then continues to say that if we don't remain in him we will be thrown out to the fire.
Is He talking about unbelievers here? How could he? He's saying "If a man doesn't remain in me". Do you think that unbelievers are in him? Do you think that an unbeliever can remain in him if the unbeliever was never in him? That would not make sense. He's certainly talking about believers who are now in him. And to those who are now in him he's saying to remain in him.
Those who don’t bear fruit will be taken away and those who don’t remain in Him will be thrown out. That means that you can lose your salvation.
Yahusha wants us to overcome the world with him and in him. But he also wants us to be useful. He does not want us to live our lives passively.
“I’m saved, let’s retire” - That's the lie of Satan!
Your life full of actions is just about to start the moment you got saved! You are now eligible to keep the Law of Yahweh through the power and indwelling of the Anointed King and the Holy Spirit.
He wants us to bear fruit – to do his will and obey his commandments. To preach the good news to all creation, to love each other practically, help, share, nurture and admonish in the Body of the Anointed. That sounds like a mature strawberry to me. I’d like to eat it right now!
We are known by our fruits
By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Yahusha said this about false prophets. But it's equally true for anyone. Bearing good fruits is a sign, a sign that shows our Master that we are in him and doing great.
So we should produce good fruits.
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance!
Said John the immerser.
But if we don't, we will be thrown into the fire. But what is "fruit worthy of repentance"? Is John not saying here that those believers who repented from sin (as in breaking the Law of Yahweh), shall keep the Law, as this is the fruit of repentance? I think this is what he means.
Think about it.
“Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.
Could he be talking about unbelievers only? Is it not possible for believers to not produce good fruits?
Is sin (breaking the Law of Yahweh) a good fruit? No.
Is keeping the Law of Yahweh a good fruit? Yes.
The whole point of the new covenant is that we keep his Law because it's written on our heart.
As far as I'm concerned I'm choosing to bear good fruits. Those fruits are yummy!
What will you choose?