9 And after he had been made perfect, he became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him,
The Bible shows that you must have works, or acts of obedience, to prove that your faith is alive. (James 2:24, 26) However, this does not mean
that you can earn salvation. It is “God’s gift” based on his “undeserved kindness,” or “grace.”—Ephesians 2:8, 9; King James
24 You see that a man is to be declared righteous by works and not by faith alone.
26 Indeed, just as the body without spirit* [Or “breath.”] is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Ephesians 2:8, 9
8 By this undeserved kindness you have been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing; rather, it is God’s gift. 9 No, it is not a
result of works, so that no one should have grounds for boasting.
The entire provision for salvation is an expression of God’s undeserved kindness. There is no way that a descendant of Adam can gain salvation on
his own, no matter how noble his works are. Salvation is a gift from God given to those who put faith in the sin-atoning value of the sacrifice of his
Son. Does Hebrews 5:9 conflict with the statement that Christians are “saved through faith”? Not at all. Obedience simply demonstrates that their
faith is genuine.
Jas. 2:14, RS
: “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?”
A person does not earn
salvation by his works. But anyone who has genuine faith will
have works to go with it—works of obedience to
the commands of God and Christ, works that demonstrate his faith and love. Without such works, his faith is dead.
Acts 16:30, 31, RS
: “‘Men, what must I do to be saved?’ And they [Paul and Silas] said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be
saved, you and your household.’” (If that man and his household truly believed, would they not act in harmony with their belief? Certainly.)
Once a person is saved, is he always saved?
Jude 5, RS
: “I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that he who saved
a people out of the land of Egypt,
those who did not believe.” (Italics added.)
Matt. 24:13, RS
: “He who endures to the end will be saved.” (So a person’s final salvation is not determined at the moment that he begins
to put faith in Jesus.)
Phil. 2:12, RS
: “As you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling.” (This was addressed to “the saints,” or holy ones, at Philippi, as stated in Philippians 1:1. Paul urged them not to be
overly confident but to realize that their final salvation was not yet assured.)
Heb. 10:26, 27, RS
: “If we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a
fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.” (Thus the Bible does not go along with the idea that no matter
what sins a person may commit after he is “saved” he will not lose his salvation. It encourages faithfulness. See also Hebrews 6:4-6, where it is
shown that even a person anointed with holy spirit can lose his hope of salvation.)
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