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John 3: 34-36 “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (NKJV, NASB)
How does this verse in John confirm or satisfy a “once saved always saved” doctrine?
I heard a wonderful old preacher from Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, quote the first part of John 3:34-36 and then complete it with the KJV which says, “but he who does not believe the Son will not see life but the wrath of God rests (abides) upon him.” I have addressed this verse in earlier posts, explaining the Greek from the Strong’s Concordance. No doubt the preacher wants souls saved. No doubt he quotes according to his understanding. The problem is, believing in, versus NOT believing in, is NOT the right interpretation regarding how to be saved. Entrusting ourselves to Christ and obeying Christ once you have declared your trust is the correct interpretation of the verse. Obedience to what Christ taught is a requirement to maintain our eternal life! John is saying so. Read my post: “Have you really entrusted yourself to His ways?” You might consider reading all of my posts. These words are meant to guard God’s children. Sure I am a messenger not unlike your pastor, but I have an assignment to the church world-wide. Most will never know me beyond my first name. “Much more,” they will hear, recognize, impliment and share God’s message….as a witness to all the nations…then…”
We seek eternal life but fail to think eternally. We want to live forever but fail to grasp how to do so. We do not lack desire, we have lacked understanding. When understanding comes we must make room for it. We must flush the old understanding. Only proven truth holds life. Jesus passed the Words of Eternal Life on to the Disciples. Correctly understanding those Words means everything. “What you believe is important!” (Right Jimmy Hodgin, of Hope for the Nations?) There is no limit to what the Holy Spirit will show us from the Word, IF we ask, seek and knock after it. I have found asking to be enough.
Ask your pastor about John 3:34-36. He and you will find the second phrase of verse 36 is a qualifier that is a world changer for Christians. Obedience changes everything because obedience is expected of us by God. It was clear to the disciples. They obeyed and they wrote. A lack of obedience on our part leaves us unchanged by Christ’s Lordship. We have not made Him Lord. Were we once fully cleansed but did not learn how to obey and stay clean? We can still chose to obey! Otherwise, “…the wrath of God abides (lives, rests,) upon us.” Look up Romans 5:10 for confirmation.
The disciples knew and lived what they were trying to impart to us. We have missed it due to translation errors and our tendency to transliterate everything we read. That would be OK if there were not some man made errors. We are trusting souls. Someone smarter than us was supposed to have done it right. Jesus and the Disciples did.
Centuries of scholarship has somehow missed these things. Because of the coming times God is making sure we are now discovering these truths. We now will be held accountable. It is our salvation not our condemnation, if we chose obedience.
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount. Signs we see mean God’s patience is running out.
You are loved, He waits,
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