Continuing in Salvation, Col 1:23

I believe in eternal security. If God has saved you, I believe he will take you home if there ceases to be hope for you. As with any important doctrine, there are tensions. It is important to me that assurance of salvation rests in God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s presence, not my efforts. It is important to remember, however, that there are passages that talk about continuing and remaining. The old caricature of the person who believes they are saved so they can do whatever, whenever, however since they are carrying “fire insurance” is certainly not a biblical image. 

Col 1:23 tells us to “continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly.” (nlt)  First John is famous for some related passages, including

  • 1 John 2:3-6 We know we love him if we obey him. If we don’t obey him, we don’t know him.
  • 1 John 3:18-20 We know that we love him if we do it with actions, not just words. This is, in fact, how we set our hearts at ease in God’s presence when our heart condemns us.
  • 1 John 3:23-24 He commanded us to believe and to love. We know he lives in us by the spirit he gave us.

I don’t believe that our actions alone are our assurance of salvation. But if there are no actions, then have we really been saved? I think it is a fair question.


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