Many Christians believe that “Once Saved Always Saved” means that accepting Christ saves us and that it assures us of going to heaven when we die. What does scripture have to say about this?
Before finding out, Titus 2:11 KJV reveals that through the Grace of God, salvation, appears to all:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
God, sacrificing His only Begotten Son, places salvation within everyone’s reach and taking salvation to the next level, John 3:17 KJV, when introducing “might be saved”, suggests that being saved includes staying saved:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Making the connection between “might be saved” and “Once Saved Always Saved” raises questions:
Is “might be saved” addressing those not yet saved?
Is it addressing those who have already accepted Christ?
Is “might be saved” addressing us?Proverbs 28:18 KJV adds that after accepting Christ, walking uprightly leads to being saved:
Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
The single most important thing that can happen to anyone is accepting Christ, yet, preceding walking uprightly, it, in and of itself, is not enough. Walking uprightly is a journey that we take and it includes repenting and receiving forgiveness for our sins; it is a journey that leads to salvation. Matthew 10:22 KJV connects salvation with enduring this journey to the end:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Enduring is easier said than done, especially considering the fact that we have a face to face confrontation with Satan just before Christ returns.
Deception makes him a formable opponent and we learn in Mark 13:20 KJV that had God not shortened Satan’s days, no one would be saved:
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Shortening Satan’s time is God allowing for our weaknesses in the flesh and with Him shortening the days, salvation is within reach.
John 3:16 KJV also helps in understanding “Once Saved Always Saved”: