I had a great conversation this week with a friend and this question came up. Let me preface this post with saying that I seriously do not know what the right answer is or if there is a right or wrong answer. I’m writing out my thought process here and letting you in on it.
As I started out last week, I’m spending some time in Psalms 139 this month. Reading, meditating, and letting God open up my eyes to new things or encourage me with things I’ve already known. Last week I got stuck in the first 2 verses of this scripture and this week I found myself fast forwarding to verse 7 in the New Living Translation.
7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
This brings me back to my conversation with a friend this week where we discussed if someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior and later rebels against the Lord are they still saved? The Bible is filled with stories of prodigals…where someone is part of Christ’s body and then walks away and is welcomed back with open arms, but what about those who walk away and do not turn back? Are they still saved? Can we escape salvation once we already have it? Let me reiterate that I do not know what the right answer is. This week God has opened up scripture in front of me that leads me to believe that I can’t escape. As I read on…
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
I’ve found comfort in God’s Word that no matter how much I want to run and hide from everything I cannot find a place where HE is not present.
1 Kings 8:57 (NLT)
57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us.
And yet sin causes us to live separated from God and speaking for myself I sin daily, which means I live separated, but this verse tells me He will never leave me.
So, just when I think I’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t lose our salvation I’m reminded how Satan and the demons are fallen angels or how the pharaohs heart was hardened and I find myself ending here in the same place that I started…not really knowing once saved, always saved, or not?