Today I continue the contrast of OSAS / Once Saved, Always Saved / eternal security with the scriptural truth of Conditional Security dependent upon responsible exercise of free will . This post likely to be expanded and refined, perhaps with a ” Part Two . ”
We begin with 1 Peter 2 : 1 – 5 :
The Living Stone and the Holy Nation
” Therefore put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. 2 As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow, 3 if it is true that you have experienced that the Lord is good.
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone who is rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. “
I was an ignorant and offended , double – minded type of living stone . Four months of horror with one leg thrown over the figurative rim of hell fixed all of that for me ! And it gave me the motivation to protect my brothers and sisters , preserve my Father’s children , and dig in scripture as never before , keen to pick up on what God was showing me … that common OSAS rationales simply do not address the issue of Hamartiology – study of sin – that accounts for Saints losing salvation . Hard to know for living stones that keep skimming the surface of the Word ; or those motivated NOT to see ; deceived by false doctrine, inattentive , un – circumspect or not balancing the whole counsel of God.