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SALVATION QUESTION 145
If I sin after I'm saved, do you think I would still be able to enter into heaven?
I would answer this by suggesting you are saying that salvation depends on what you do, whether good or bad, and not totally on the cross, which was the work of Christ. I'm a happy man knowing that my entrance into heaven does not depend on my deeds, or what I do or fail to do, but rather on the death, burial, and resurrection of the Christ alone! If my salvation (escape from hell, and entrance into heaven) should depend on me or my works, then I nor anyone else would not, could not, and should not, enter into God's heaven. When God saves a sinner He does the saving, consequently He saves with an eternal salvation. (Hebrews 5:9). Because of His Own blood which was shed on the cross, He has obtained eternal redemption, (Hebrews 9:12) for those who have genuinely repented from sin (Luke 13:3-5), and all who have believed on Him, and Him alone, for their salvation from sin. (John 3:18).
To imply that God saves a sinner from his or her sins, and that salvation is only good as long he or she lives right, is again believing that salvation rests on what we do, or what we do not do. This simply confuses the issue. Paul, when writing to a company of men and women who God had saved, told them, "For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:8. God's salvation is ALL grace, not partial grace or partial works, "And if by grace, then is it no more of works." Romans 11:6.
Dear reader, where do you stand in regards to salvation? Have you believed, or are you still "believing not?"
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen