Look at the Passover, it is a type of our salvation.

I looked through some of your once saved always saved (I had been wishy washy on this before - because it appeared that scripture had contradicted itself - so I wasn't sure) But I found that the problem is that I didn't have a proper view.

Here is what I've seen.

People cannot lose their salvation, ie, they cannot have someone remove them. Like where Jesus says no one can pluck them. This same picture is in the OT with the passover. (Exodus 12:22) People were instructed to stay inside their homes, because inside, the blood covered them. This shows me that they could leave, but if they stayed in, then they were covered by the lamb's blood.. which is Christ today. But, that doesn't mean that it's impossible for them to reject it.. I think it's called a reprobate mind.

My response is in Green:

That is a great observation. One which I had never thought of before but now that you mention it I totally agree.

Let me quote the passages on the Passover for those readers who might be interested:

(Exodus 12:21-23 NIV) [21] Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. [22] Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. [23] When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down."

Notice the second part of verse 22, "Not one of you shall go out the door of this house..." This is a command. Moses does not say that it would be physically impossible for them to leave their homes, he just commands them not to leave until morning.

Now look at this passage:

(Galatians 5:19-21 NIV) [19] The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; [20] idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions [21] and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

"those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." To use the analogy of the Passover, these are those who go outside of their homes. When we are saved our sins are covered by the Blood of Christ, but if we leave that safe haven I believe we are no longer covered. If you live like the world, then you are part of the world.

Peter gives a list of attributes that the Christian should strive to possess but then goes on to say something very interesting about those who does not possess them:

(2 Peter 1:5-9 NIV) [5] For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; [6] and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; [7] and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. [8] For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Notice the last part of verse 9; "and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins." Past sins! Don't be fooled by those who tell you that once you are saved you can live anyway you want, even as the world lives and there will be no eternal consequences. They are DEAD wrong!

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