“…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish…”
1) It is the microcosm of the entire Bible. The infrastructural quiddity of soteriological quintessence rests solely on it. Of Jesus, and His salvation: man’s most needed essential commodity – as a fallen creature – is all the Bible is intimating man with and which is exquisitely couched in the Word of God – Jesus. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” [Revelation 13:8]
The salient question is, at what point of time did God perfect this divine sacrificial beneficence? The timing of it and the essence of the act give an understanding of proven effectuality of this salvation. Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The preposition ‘from’ is apo (apo’): ‘A primary particle; “off”, that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively)’. Revelation 17:8 has the same apo as in Revelation 13:8. Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” where another preposition, ‘before’, is pro (pro): ‘fore’, that is, in front of, prior (figuratively superior) to.’ In Titus 1:2, ‘before’ is the same pro.
1Peter 1:19-20 19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” and ‘foreordained’ of the 20th verse is proginōskō (prog-in-oce’-ko): ‘to have knowledge before hand; to foreknow: of those whom God elected to salvation; to predestinate; to know beforehand, that is, foresee’.
When the contentious question of “Can a Christian lose his salvation?” is raised, I do not waste time in pointing to John 3:16 as one of the Scriptural solutions to this contention which several Christians will treat with heated acidity of negation. The famous verse begins with “For God so loved” and nobody seems to ask, “At what point in time did God shower the world with this love?” Trace the chronological reality of this beneficence and you may have to travel way back into the realm of eternality. A plan of an architectural edifice, as we all are aware, has always been with the commencement of an uninhabitability of the project. In like manner, God, the Architect of the universal creation, sat down long before He brought anything into creationism in the eternity past, and had decided that, this creature of humanity, who will sin against Me, must be given a second chance to acquire my zoë type of life-eternal. When God dwells on a course of action, He has always thought it through – nothing to amend; so it can be said of Him, “I am the LORD I change not.”
Note that ‘change’ comes with a suffixal negation ‘not’. Found in Malachi 3:6, ‘change’ is the Hebraic shânâh (shaw-naw’): ‘to fold, that is, duplicate (literally or figuratively); by implication to transmute (transitively or intransitively)’. He has promised ‘eternal life’ and the celestial blissfulness of eternality is the portion of His Christian children. He will not change His mind of Divinity. God will not say something in Genesis and cause its mutation in the Psalms. Will He make a soteriological asseveration in the biblical protocol and then take a trip to the Islamism of Muhammadanism or of Hinduism, and build mutated versions of the Bible in the Qur’an, the Vedas or any other religious book? The factual Word of God is “Yea and Amen”; therefore, any theological work that has not the thematic thread of Jesus Christ – Jesus being the ‘Yea and Amen’ – running through as the Alpha and the Omega, can never ever be of the LORD i.e. JEHOVAH, the God of the Bible. Discard it, ergo, as quickly as possible.
Don’t be a manipulation of Satanism; get born again.
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
Read part two here