Did Paul And The Other Apostles Believe In Once Saved Always Saved?
Paul Writes To Brethern who had Received The Gospel I Corinthians 15:1-2 KJV
“Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” – I Corinthians 15:1-2 KJV
Notice that Paul writes to “brethren” who had “received the gospel”, who “stood” in it, and who ***believed***. We can also see the very clear reality of their salvation resting upon the conditions of their “keeping in memory” the things Paul had preached to them.
Fear What? Romans 11:19-22KJV
“Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” – Romans 11:19-22KJV
Notice the clear revelation: “thou standest by faith” One does not “stand by faith” if he is not saved. We see a warning to “be not highminded, but fear”…and “***Take heed*** lest he also spare not thee.”
Paul also says, “Behold…toward thee goodness, ***if*** thou continue, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. If thou continue? Thou standest by faith, but may be cut off? One cannot stand by faith and then be cut off…without first being part of that faith from which he is cut off.
IF ye continue? Colossians 1:21-23 KJV
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight, If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” – Colossians 1:21-23 KJV
Again notice the clear revelation: “now hath he reconciled to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight:” Paul tells that that now (right now, already) Jesus has (already) reconciled them. In other words, in that moment, ***their condition*** exists as having already been reconciled.
Paul also says, “***if*** ye continue in the faith” One cannot continue in the faith if he is not already in the faith to begin with! He also says, “and [***if*** ye] be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.”
Departing From God? Hebrews 3:12-15 KJV
“Take heed, 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 To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” – Hebrews 3:12-15 KJV
Notice the warning, “***Take heed***, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in ***departing from the living God***.” Paul also says, “For we are made partakers of Christ, ***if*** we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” He says “***if*** we hold.” He does not say “when we hold.” If. If. If. Just like in so many other examples, ***if***…not “when”.
Also, one cannot “depart from the living God” without first being with the living God – notice that he addresses them as brethren.
Finally he says, “[you] harden not your hearts.” He is warning them not to harden their own hearts. This is very clear proof that God is not going to control them and take care of it for them, else he would not need to warn them!
Paul Didn’t Believe In Once Saved Always Saved 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV
Did Paul believe in Jesus Christ? Was he saved? Of course the answer to both questions is certainly yes. He was saved, and he was also very well informed…yet, he wrote of the possibility of his becoming a ***castaway***. Paul would not write of the possibility of becoming a castaway, if such a thing were impossible!
Depart From The Faith? 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” – 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV
Notice the clear revelation: “some shall depart from the faith.” Paul writes of the certainty that some will ***depart from the faith***. One cannot depart from the faith without first having the faith
James Didn’t Believe In Once Saved Always Saved James 5:19-20KJV
“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” – James 5:19-20KJV
Notice that the writer speaks of ***brethren*** who “err from the truth.” If a brother in the truth errs into sin and then his soul needs to be saved from death, this means that his soul, having once been counted among brethren in the truth, had proceeded from that point into a state where it again needed to be saved from death