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Forgiveness

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We have discussed how salvation is eternal, but if that is true, what happens when we sin, do we still need to ask for forgiveness? This doctrine has been taught in some very confusing ways. People who teach that you can lose your salvation will say that if you must ask for forgiveness every time you sin or else you will not be saved and enter heaven. However, we know that is not true because the Bible tells us that IF it were possible to lose your salvation there would be no gaining it back, because there is no sacrifice left for sins.Heb 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. We are also told that we cannot be brought back to repentance IF we were to fall away because that would be subjecting Jesus to public disgrace.Heb 6:4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who ha…

Eternal Life

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Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, These are just a couple of many passages that tell us it is by God’s grace through faith that we are saved. It is not by works of any kind. Any attempt at righteousness on our part could never come close to equating with the perfect state of righteousness that God requires. This can only come by accepting Christ who willingly gives us His perfect righteousness when we are saved. There is nothing a person can do to become a Christian. Since the Bible teaches that there is no action that we can take to merit salvation initially, we must realize that there is no way we can work to “keep” God's favor. That would still be salvation by works. S…