About whether salvation can be lost, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit… If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:5-7).
The disciples of Christ are represented as the branches of the vine. He who professes to be in Christ is expected to bring forth fruits appropriate to his profession. These fruits are called “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9), or “fruits of righteousness” Phil. 1:11; Heb. 12:11. These fruits are evident in the character and the life. When these “good fruits” (James 3:17) are absent it becomes necessary to cut the fruitless branch.
The character is “purged” by the tests and trials of life. The Father, the heavenly Husbandman, looks over the process. And though the “chastening” may seem to be hard, “nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Heb. 12:11).
A continuous abiding in a living connection with Christ is important for growth and fruitfulness. Occasional attention to religion is not sufficient. To abide in Christ means that the soul must be in daily, constant communion with Him and must live His life (Gal. 2:20).
“The carnal mind … is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). It is impossible for a men in their own strength to escape from sin and to bring forth fruits of godliness. Wherever men hold to the principle that they can save themselves by their own works they have no barrier against sin. Jesus said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
And “If a man abide not,” he will be cut from the vine. The “once in grace always in grace,” is therefore, denied by this condition. The Bible teaches that it is indeed possible for those who have been in Christ their salvation could be lost when they lose connection with Him (Heb. 6:4–6). Thus, Salvation is conditional upon abiding in Christ until the end.
In His service,
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