“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13
We saw Louis Zamperini speak the year before he died. He was still sharp as a tack, and gung-ho for Jesus! He and Billy Graham remained friends for the rest of Louis’ life after their fateful meeting in 1949. Today, Billy Graham is still writing articles for Christian journals, is an outspoken advocate for Christians to be “Involved” in their community and still has a heart for saving the lost. Corrie Ten Boom spent the last half of her life criss-crossing the globe for Jesus, telling any who would listen of the marvelous power of forgiveness in Christ.
I make no claim here to be on either side of the “Once saved, always saved” debate. There are those who think you can lose your salvation, and this Bible verse (above) seems to point to the fact that we must persevere to the end. However, if you were saved, and you lost your salvation, how did you lose it? I’m inclined, as I said, to just allow it to be a mystery of salvation, of God’s divine providence, that we can somehow be saved – at all – and perhaps it’s both? Meaning, yes, you are saved just once, but you definitely must persevere to the end also.
I have this argument periodically with myself, and others, over whether you could wake up, lose your salvation in the morning, then get it back at lunch, then lose it again in the afternoon, only to regain it at night before going to bed. It sounds ridiculous, but some actually believe that. I think we just should treat it as the most wonderful gift we’ve ever received, and show Jesus that we cherish it by surrendering to HIs Lordship and striving to work “For Him” for the rest of our lives.