- Feb 15, 2017
Yes, He will complete the work He started. That means "kept by the power of God through faith", but Bud teaches you can even stop believing and still be saved.
If he completes the work in us then does he leave such works unfinished?
Is it a promise or a threat?
If he promised it then it's not a threat but an obligation upon him as such.
Yes we are kept by the power of God through faith?
But who is doing the keeping?
Is it us or is it God?
After making a genuine confession of faith we have the Holy Spirit in us.
Is the Holy Spirit given to genuine believers at confession?
If so is not he who sustains and keeps us?
Jesus said that he would not lose anyone the Father has given him.
Therefore he knows that the Father will keep them and not lose them.
If he knows them, then surely he will keep them even when they stumble?
He doesn't keep the following.
Those who had some experience of Jesus but use it as a safety belt.
They use it as an excuse to sin, go their merry way with no regards to change.
When I think of Peter it is clear he denied Jesus.
When he did was there not unbelief when he did?
What about Thomas.
Wouldn't believe until he had seen.
Afterall he said he would die with him, never deny him.
Yet he did neither.
Yet Jesus said I have prayed for you and when you return.
So Jesus prayed to who? The Father. And the Father kept him and restored him.
Jesus is interceding in heaven for us.
Just as he did whilst on earth for the those that God had given him, those that he will not lose and raise up on the last day.
With regards to stop believing we all do that.
God says "Never will I leave you or forsake you"
If we don't believe that then we are not believing.
Jesus said that God loves us as much as he loves him.
If we don't believe it then we are not believing.
A person may have faith but can stop believing in the above examples, yet still maintain faith in Jesus.
I can't remember the words you used in a previous post.
Was it perseverance or preservation?
Two words that have different meanings, but to me can be interwoven.
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