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Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 Corinthians 13:5 Is A Problematical Passage For Eternal Security Advocates!

  • The Scripture Passage In Question:
          -"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified" (2 Corinthians 13:5).
  • A Refutation Of Eternal Security In Action:
           -If, as some professing Christians believe, that once a person is saved by the grace of God, and can therefore never lose that salvation after it is obtained, then why did the Apostle Paul instruct the individuals at the Church of Corinth to examine themselves in order to determine whether they were in the faith? Why did he exhort the Corinthian Christians to "test themselves"? In short, Paul is saying that a once saved person can deceive themselves into believing that they are saved, when in reality they are not. If to be "in the faith" means being considered righteous before God, then it follows that being "out of the faith" means being rejected by God. To be rejected by God means to be sentenced to eternal damnation in the flames of hell because of sin. We must reflect on our past actions and behaviors to recognize our overall spiritual health. While goodness is the symptom of being justified before God, willful dedication to evil is the general characteristic of a spiritually unhealthy person. Our current state of holiness does matter. We can be "indeed disqualified" from salvation! Hence, there is an apparent need to "examine ourselves". We must examine ourselves, lest our faith ceases to exist (1 Timothy 1:19). We must examine ourselves, lest we depart from the truth (2 Timothy 2:18).