It is unfortunate that most people do not understand the grace of God. They do not understand that there are two parts to God’s plan of salvation in the Bible. First, there is the salvation of each person. (Luke 1:77) Second, there is the salvation of the whole human race. (Hebrews 9:28)
Salvation of the Human Race
It is unfortunate that most people do not know why the grace of God was needed. Now God promised Adam and Eve eternal life if they did not commit sin that leads to death. Therefore, they had access to eternal life by following the way of God. However, when they sinned they lost access to eternal for the human race. Now the only way God could restore access to everlasting life for the human race was through His law of redemption. The law of redemption says in part, if an alien or temporary resident with you becomes rich, and your brother beside him has grown poor, and sells himself to the stranger or foreigner living among you, or to a member of the stranger’s family, after he is sold he may be redeemed. One of his brothers may redeem him; or his uncle, or his uncle’s son may redeem him, or any who is a close relative to him of his family may redeem him; or if he has grown rich, he may redeem himself. (Leviticus 25:47-49) Therefore, the only way God could restore access to everlasting life for the human race was through the death of His Son as a human. Once corrupted by sin there was no way for the human race to redeem itself.
By understanding exactly what was lost, we can know why the grace of God was needed. When we understand exactly what was lost, we know that God’s grace does not guarantee eternal life to anyone. After we understand that it was access to eternal life that was lost, we know that God’s grace restored access to eternal life for the human race. Now consider this, if Adam and Eve had not sinned unto death or practice sin that does not lead to death during their lifetimes God’s grace would not have been needed. Therefore, each person would obtain eternal life if they did not commit any sin that leads to death or practice sin that does not lead to death during their lifetime. For Christ said, “Therefore, whoever shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
Salvation of each Person
Each person must work out eternal salvation under the grace of God. (Philippians 2:12) After baptism, the process of salvation by doing the will of God begins. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be redeemed. (Mark 16:16) Having been justified, we shall be redeemed. (Romans 5:9) Our spirit might be redeemed in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:5) The word of the cross to us who are being redeemed is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18) We are a fragrance of Jesus to God among those who are being redeemed. (2 Corinthians 2:15) Some did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be redeemed. (2 Thessalonians 2:10) It is clear that those who endure until the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13) Moreover, Peter has the following message for people redeemed by baptism. Since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same purpose, because those who have suffered in the flesh have ceased from sin, so that you live the rest of your time in the flesh to the will of the Lord. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
Salvation by the Will of the Lord
Clearly, those who do the will of God are saved under the grace of God. Whoever does the will of God will enter into heaven. (Matthew 7:21) Therefore, you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of the Lord, you may receive eternal life as promised. (Hebrews 10:36) When a man practices righteousness, he will save his life. (Ezekiel 18:27) You shall keep My Law, by which a man may live if he does them. (Leviticus 18:5, Nehemiah 9:29, Ezekiel 20:11, Ezekiel 20:13, Ezekiel 20:21) If you warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 3:21) When a man has practiced righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 18:19) If a man observes all My statutes and practices righteousness, he shall surely live he shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21) If a man turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live he shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:28) If a man walks by the statutes that ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live he shall not die. He has practiced righteousness he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 33:15-16) Whoever does the will of the Lord your God will live forever. (1 John 2:17)
The Will of the Lord
Clearly, those who keep the way of God are saved under the grace of God. The will of the Lord and the way of the Lord are closely related. A person keeps the way of the Lord by doing righteousness. (Genesis 18:19) The will of God is what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2) The will of the Lord is your sanctification, that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality. (I Thessalonians 4:3) The will of God is that we live by doing what is right. (I Peter 2:15) People who suffer for the will of God will entrust their souls to Him in doing what is right. (1 Peter 4:19) The Bible makes it clear that the way of the Lord is certainly in the will of the Lord. All unrighteousness is sin. (1 John 5:17) Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on Elymas, and said, “You who are full of all fraud and deceit, you son of Satan, you are an enemy of righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of God? (Acts 13:9-10) Therefore, do not believe in Satan when he tells you that you do not have to do all righteousness, because some righteousness has been abolished.
Apostasy After Baptism
It is clear that there are those who fall away under the grace of God. Eternal salvation or eternal security advocates want people to believe apostasy cannot happen. However, the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will fall away from the will of the Lord. They will instead obey spirits that tell lies. They will follow the teachings of demons. (1 Timothy 4:1) During that time, many believers will fall away. (Matthew 24:10) They will not allow the will of God deep into their souls. They keep it for only a short period. When persecution or trouble comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up. (Mark 4:17) When people leave the way of Christ, can you make them change their lives again? People who once learned the truth received God’s gift and shared in the Holy Spirit. They hear God’s good message and see the great power of his new world. Once they leave it all behind, it is not possible to make them change again. That is because those who leave Christ are nailing him to the cross again, shaming him before everyone. (Hebrews 6:4-6)
The person who endures to the end is saved under the grace of God. You certainly cannot lose what you have not inherited. However, based on the bible, you can lose eternal life. Moreover, since we have been reconciled, we are now saved by His life. The life of our Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11) So then, my beloved, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Every epistle admonishes people who have been baptized to work out their salvation by following the way of God.