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Online Bible Verses - Galatians 5:13 - Called to be Free
“Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh.”
Often heard the saying when I was a kid, “give him an inch and he will take a mile….”. He being me sometimes.
“Eternal Security” is a phrase we encounter in theological circles. What does it mean? The concept states that the guarantee of eternal union with God is just that. Once in place, it cannot be rescinded, or lost. Salvation then, is a digital transition with a permanent latch.
The only way it can be if I am ever to see eternal life. If salvation gained can be salvation lost, I have not a snowball’s chance in hell.
Salvation gained is an interesting term. Let us keep in mind who gained it. It was gained for us but not by us. We did not earn it. He did. Likewise, we cannot lose it, nor will He retract it. For if He would, we are then forced to conclude that His job of saving was an incomplete one.
If this is all legitimate from a doctrinal standpoint, what then, would prevent me from accepting God’s free offer and also taking the proverbial mile? Heck, get saved and do whatever I wish. In concept, technically, I suppose I could. But let us not forget that the saving requires infusion of Christ’s very spirit into the savee (is that a word?). With that Spirit in place, “doing whatever one wants” becomes somewhat of a war. Really not fun at all, take it from me. Thus, opposition to God’s will is as much a struggle as anything else. Let us not forget as well, that sin, regardless of one’s relationship with God, still has earthly consequence.
Freedom is just that. We can be totally free or we cannot. If we truly can, then let’s believe it and be secure in it. And be eternally grateful for it.