Does The Christian’s Present Possession Of Eternal Life Prove “Once Saved Always Saved”?

It is true a faithful Christian presently possesses “eternal life.” That is indisputably proven by passages like John 5:24, 6:47, 6:54, I John 5:11-13, John 3:36 (“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”), and I John 3:15 (“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him“). But that fact doesn’t prove the doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved.” Illustration: In the very beginning Adam and Eve possessed eternal physical life, but they lost it when they sinned. Likewise God can give someone eternal life and then they can forfeit it (Isaiah 59:2). It is possible to possess something (in this case, spiritual life) that lasts forever, but not to possess it forever. For example, I own a mortgage that is to last 30 years, but I would be glad to sell it to you for a fair price – then I wouldn’t possess it anymore. See how the loan lasts 30 years, but I don’t necessarily possess it for 30 years? Similarly God gives us eternal life (as opposed to physical, temporary life) when we become His disciple (John 5:24), but that doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t lose that spiritual life due to our sin (Romans 6:23). The Bible most certainly does teach we can “fall from grace” (Galatians 5:4, II Peter 2:20-22, etc.).

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