One of the most commonly presented arguments given in defense of the teaching of "once saved always saved" goes like this:
When one gets saved, he receives eternal life. If that life could be lost, it wouldn't be eternal! Therefore, once a person is saved, he is always saved.
This argument has both truth and error mixed into it. Certainly, at the point of salvation, one receives eternal life, but does this necessitate or guarantee the possession of that life eternally?
Please note that the crux of this argument centers around the possession of eternal life, and not if eternal life is anything other than eternal! While eternal life will always be eternal, the possession of such is something altogether different. This is easily proven by noting that eternal life was eternal even before a saved person ever possessed it. Does it not follow then, that eternal life will still remain eternal, even if one doesn't continue to possess it, which is clearly a possibility from 1 Jn. 3:15?
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding [remaining] in him (New King James).
In conclusion, the common argument cited above is easily refuted when one realizes the controversy regarding the believer's security revolves around the possession of eternal life -- not if eternal life is anything other than eternal!
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