The Two Types of Eternal Salvation in the Bible
Most people do not understand the biblical doctrines of eternal salvation. Almost everyone rejects the doctrine of salvation by personal righteousness. Such people hold fast to the doctrine of salvation by the grace of God guarantees salvation. However, the Bible teaches salvation by forgiveness of sins (Luke 1:77) and salvation without reference to sin (Hebrews 9:28). Now Satan masquerades as an angel of light. It is no great thing therefore if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Now if all you do is repeat what you hear and study what you are told to study, by masquerader as servants of righteousness, you may never understand salvation by personal righteousness. First let us look at the doctrine of salvation from sin and then we will look at the doctrine of salvation by righteousness.
Salvation from Sin
The popular phrase “once saved always saved” applies to eternal salvation from sins (reconciliation to God). Reconciliation to God is forever; it cannot be lost or undone. The phrase “once saved always saved” should be “once reconciled always reconciled”. Baptism saves a person through the resurrection of Christ. (1 Peter 3:21) The blood of Christ caused God to pass over all past sins. (Romans 3:25; 2 Peter 1:9) Therefore, reconciliation to God saves a person from past sins, not future sins.
There is nothing a person can do to get salvation from sins. It is a gift from God. While enemies of God, He reconciled us to Him through the death of His Son. Moreover, since we have been reconciled, we shall now be saved by His life. The life of our Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11) The salvation and security from past sins provided by reconciliation to God are eternal. Therefore, when properly understood the terms once saved always saved and eternal security are biblical.
Salvation from Sin
Once saved always saved advocates reject eternal salvation by righteousness. However, after baptism, the process of salvation by righteousness begins. When the wicked person turns away from their wickedness that they have committed, and does that which is lawful and right, they shall save their soul alive. (Leviticus 18:5; Nehemiah 9:29; Ezekiel 3:21; 20:11, 21; 18:17, 18, 21, 28; 33:15) Please note that these scriptures are not talking about the law of commandments contained in fleshly ordinances. (Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 9:10)
Please hear and understand what the Holy Spirit says to those who are reconciled to God. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) Having been justified, we shall be saved. (Romans 5:9) Our spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (I Corinthians 5:5 The word of the cross to us who are being saved is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18) We are a fragrance of Jesus to God among those who are being saved. (2 Corinthians 2:15) Some did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:10)
People who obey the will and way of God and Christ will receive salvation. (Hebrews 5:9) Christ said that this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:39-40) salvation by righteousness will be granted by Christ on the last day to those who obey Him and God. In other words a person has to do something to be granted the salvation in Hebrews 5:9.
Those people who endure until the end will inherit salvation. (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13) Moreover, Peter has the following message for people who have been baptized. 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 God. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
Salvation and the Will of God
From the beginning the will of God has been tied to earning eternal salvation. 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 God, you may receive eternal life as promised. (Hebrews 10:36) The will of God is your sanctification, that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality. (1 Thessalonians 4:3) The will of God is that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. (1 Peter 2:15)
Keeping the will of God leads to obtaining salvation. (Genesis 18:19) 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 observed all My statutes and done them he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 18:19)
It is the way of righteousness that leads to attaining salvation. 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) Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness that is based on law shall live by that righteousness. (Romans 10:5) Whoever does the will of God will live forever. (1 John 2:17)
Salvation and the Way of the Lord
It is the way of the Lord that leads to inheriting eternal salvation. Once saved always saved advocates reject some of the way of the Lord. The will of the Lord and the way of the Lord are tied together. 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. (1 Thessalonians 4:3) The will of God is that we live by doing what is right. (1 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.
Unrighteousness clearly does not lead to earning salvation. 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 Satan when he tells you that you do not have to do all righteousness, because some righteousness has been abolished.
Apostasy after Eternal Salvation from Sins
The Bible teaches that someone cannot lose their eternal salvation from sins. However, the Bible also teaches that someone can lose salvation by righteousness. Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will fall away from the will of God. 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)
Now when this subject comes up, ask which type of salvation. Because you may be able to help them better understand the subject. 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)
Remember, it is the person who endures to the end that is saved (inherits eternal life). You certainly cannot lose what you have not inherited. However, according to the Bible, you can lose eternal life. So then, my beloved, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Every epistle admonishes people who have been baptized to live by the way of the Lord or the way of righteousness. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Peter 2:21)