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045 - Always

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45
Always

One very common doubt which Christians have is whether they are always saved, or is there a limit to how long God can claim them as his - if they turn away from him. Personally, I wouldn't want to risk it!

But the answer is a little complicated, because salvation is a two way thing. We trust and God saves, we obey and God blesses, we pray and God answers, we act and God works with us. It is the same when we forsake God - he continues to love us (absolutely!) but he cannot bless us in the same way that he blesses obedient children. In fact, the worse we are, the more likely it is we will be punished.

Most of the promises of God's everlasting faithfulness and blessing are to people who are already commited to following him. Those who walk in the light always lead amazing lives, full of signs and wonders. But those who turn away and rejoin the world, for sake everything except God's continuing love and mercy. God cannot stop loving and caring for people, even when they are wicked and rebellious.

I believe salvation depends on our continuing effort to trust and obey, but there are some who would disagree. As I said, it does not seem worth the risk.

We work together!

Right!

The Bible says "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
(Hebrews 13:5 New King James Version)
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