Are there Apostles and Prophets today? What does the Bible teach? Christians lose their salvation? Is water baptism essential to be saved? These are 3 questions that were asked to me through an email which these questions get asked often, and can be stumbling blocks. Does the Bible teach once saved always saved for Christians who put their complete trust in Jesus Christ death upon the cross as an atonement for sin the lamb of God and saved through Jesus Christ resurrection from the dead 3 days later? Do Christians have the assurance of salvation believing in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour, the Son of God, and that in Jesus Christ they have eternal security in which they are saved by grace through faith in Him apart from works it is a gift of God? These are common questions Christians ask, and can be divisive and controversial issues. These questions and more will be answered.
The Bible does teach about true and false apostles and prophets today, but in what ways and purposes do they function in the body of Christ, the church? Are the spiritual gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit for today? Yes, but they are according to the will of God and through the Holy Spirit in which they will line up with what the Bible teaches and not contradict the Bible. There are many false apostles and prophets of the Word Faith Movement, the New Apostolic Reformation, Mormons in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church), and other false non Christian Cults and movements.
Can a true genuine born again Christian fall away from the faith and lose their salvation? No, not according to what the Bible teaches! The Bible teaches in John 10:28-29, Romans 8:35-39, Philippians 1:6, Matthew 7:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 John 2:19, 1 Peter 1:3-5, and many other Scriptures that true genuine born again Holy Spirit indwells a Christians has eternal life in Christ Jesus, the sealing of the Holy Spirit, the assurance of salvation, eternal security, what is called biblically once saved always saved, protected and kept by the power of God. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not of works, it is a gift of God. Those who leave the faith, reject and deny Jesus Christ, turn away from God, become a convert of a false religion, were never true born again Christians. They had a said faith, a false conversion, built upon said and not upon the Rock (Matthew 7:13-27). It is clear the Bible teaches Christians cannot lose their salvation, and all those in Jesus Christ have the assurance of salvation, have the promise of once saved always saved, and eternal security in Christ Jesus.
Is water baptism required or necessary to be saved? No, water baptism is not a requirement to be saved. In fact water baptism and the gospel are two different things. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that he was not sent to baptize but to preach the gospel! That means water baptism is not a part of the gospel for salvation! When you examine Acts 2:38, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 15:7-11, and 1 Peter 3:21 you will realize that water baptism is not what saves, but rather it is an outward demonstration of a changed heart or new creation in Jesus Christ. In other words a person is water baptized to be identified with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead being a testimony of a new life of repenting from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, the Son of God, who died upon the cross for the sins of the world and rose again defeating sin and death. The baptism that saves is the baptism of the heart, a new conversion, a new creation, being made alive, and when a person believes truly in Jesus Christ they are born again and baptized into the body of Christ through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
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