If “once saved always saved” were true, God would have provided a salvation through Christ which is in opposition to his holy and righteous character. Such salvation would prove to be unfaithful to the holiness and righteousness of God, for God would be obligated to permit into his eternal Kingdom, iniquity, which Jesus died to purify us from. The Kingdom of heaven would then be filled, not only with true believers in Jesus Christ, but also with those who chose to become blasphemers, murders, adulterers and the such like after their initial faith which they had since denied.
Those who advocate the “once saved always saved” doctrine will often cite 1 Peter 1:5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
From this verse, the OSAS’ers focus on the phrase “kept by the power of God.” Yet according to the context it is the obedient children of God who are kept by the power of God.
The apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:2 saved people are “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by the sanctifying work of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with His blood.” (Amplified Bible)
The gift of salvation and the call to obedience to Jesus Christ are inseparable in the New Testament. God calls his people to obey him through Jesus Christ. Those who submit to Jesus and follow him receive saving grace and their sins are washed away.
God does not save anyone who refuses to obey Jesus. In view of the saving grace which comes through Jesus Christ, Peter tells us the following:
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and HOPE TO THE END for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is HOLY, SO BE YE HOLY in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons JUDGETH ACCORDING TO EVERY MAN’S WORK, pass the time of your sojourning here IN FEAR (the fear of the Lord):
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who BY HIM DO BELIEVE IN GOD, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 SEEING THAT YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Obedience to Christ does not mean that we live in such a way that we are under condemnation when we fail, because we are all going to fail from time to time. Obedience to Jesus means that we chose to follow him and we live as followers of Jesus seeking to do God’s will and to please him.
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