MARK 4:2

There are passages in the Bible that appear to say we cannot lose our salvation, and there are other passages that seem to indicate that we can. I PRAY THAT THIS STUDY OF JESUS CHRIST'S DOCTRINE CONCERNING SALVATION WILL ALLOW US TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH REGARDING A PERSON'S SALVATION.

Concerning Jesus, we read that the Angel of the Lord announced to Joseph that He would save His people from their sins:

Mat 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Simeon recognized the child Jesus as the One who would come to save all mankind, both Jew and Gentile:

Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

John the Baptist came and preached of the salvation of God that was to come through Jesus Christ:

Luk 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Regarding Jesus, John the Baptist testified that He takes away the sin of the world:

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Each one of these verses just quoted above mention the fact that the WORK that Jesus Christ came to do was to save us FROM our sins.

Matt. 1:19-22: "He shall save His people FROM their sins".

If a person saves another from the mouth of the lion, the obvious implication is that the one who was saved is no longer in the mouth of the lion. The savior would never leave the one who was saved in the mouth of the lion. If Jesus saved us FROM our sins, we can safely ascertain we are no longer held captive to our sin when we are saved. But His mission was not only to His people, but to all the people of the World.

Luke 2:25-32: "For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."

Luke 3:6: "And all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

Jesus' objective was to save all the people of the world from their sin, both Jew and Gentile alike.

Joh 1:29: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

If a person takes something away from someone, that thing is no longer in their possession. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world. Each of these verses shows that the Work of Jesus Christ was a completed Work. In the light of these verses, we can understand the meaning of Romans 6:14:

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

How can sin have dominion over me any longer, if through the Grace of God Jesus Christ has saved me FROM my sin? If sin has no more dominion over me, then that same Grace of God will equip me to resist the temptations of the enemy of my soul, and I am able to walk in victory in my Faith toward God in Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what the Bible declares in Titus 2:11:

2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Physical addictions that have taken hold of me as a result of my captivity to sin will need to be addressed. I may have to bring my body under subjection to bring those physical addictions to an end.

But once the physical addictions are taken care of, then bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ becomes my responsibility, and the Lord has given me the ability to do that very thing (Rom 6:14). In Christ, and through His completed work on the cross, I have become a NEW creature. Old things have passed away, and all things become new (2 Cor 5:17). I was given a clean slate the day I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. Just as I had yielded my body to obey sin, and became a SLAVE to that sin, now I am to yield my body to the Righteousness that has been imputed to me through Jesus Christ, and become a servant of Righteousness (Rom 6:13). I have been saved by Grace, and that Grace teaches and enables me to walk in the Will of God, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this world (Titus 2:11-14). `

I believe the first place to begin our study concerning the salvation here spoken of in the New Testament epistles is at the teachings or the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ concerning the issue, considering the fact that Jesus is the Author of our salvation. I believe that as we go through the gospels we can see our Lord's teaching on this subject, and thus the Truth concerning the salvation of an individual.

Rather than jumping from verse to verse to quote verses out of their intended context, I intend to present verses concerning Salvation and the Security of the Believer as they appear in the Gospel accounts, and as necessity demands, we will examine other passages of scripture that point to the subject of the verse that we are looking at.

Although Matthew is the first Book of the New Testament, Mark is believed by most scholars to be the oldest, so we will first turn to the Book of Mark and the teachings of our Lord concerning Salvation.

Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The first thing we see in the Book of Mark is that Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God, and His message was that those who heard Him must repent and believe the gospel. It is important to understand what Jesus preached here. HE PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WHICH ENTAILS REPENTANCE (metanoeo=a change of mind as to the direction your life is headed), AND BELIEVING THE GOSPEL (of the Kingdom of God) THAT JESUS PREACHED.

Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people (see also Matt. 9:35, Lk 4:43, Lk 8:1).

In the Book of Luke, we see that Jesus' Mission was prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah:

Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.

The first thing that Jesus read here in the Book of Isaiah was that the Spirit of the Lord had anointed Him to preach the gospel to the poor. We should be able to see by now that the gospel spoken here was the gospel of the Kingdom of God. At this point, I believe it is necessary to look at the gospel that Jesus preached in order to get a right picture of what Salvation is. If our gospel doesn't line up with that which Jesus preached, we have a problem, and it's not Jesus who is in error.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.