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The Bible Believers Guide To Reconciling Hebrews 6 With The Church Age Doctrine Of Eternal Security

Nearly every week. it seems, people will write in and ask me how I am able to reconcile Hebrews 6 with Paul’s doctrine of Eternal Security. The answer to this question begins in another Pauline verse of Scripture found in 2 Timothy.

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The book of Hebrews is not addressed to Christians saved by grace through faith, it is written to Jews under the Law who are considering the claims of Jesus Christ.

Nearly every week it seems, people will write in and ask me how I am able to reconcile Hebrews 6 with Paul’s doctrine of Eternal Security. The answer to this question begins in another Pauline verse of Scripture found in 2 Timothy:

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

If you have not read our previous Bible studies on the importance of Rightly Dividing, please click here to catch up. Without a remedial understanding of what Paul meant when he told Timothy to “rightly divide” the word, this article won’t make much sense to you so please read it before going further.

Not all of the New Testament was written as doctrine for the Christian living in the age of Grace. In the NT, as in the Old Testament, God can be addressing any one of three different groups of people when He is speaking. Sometimes He is speaking to the Jews and Israel, sometimes it’s to the born again Church, and sometimes it’s to the lost gentiles. So the first thing we must do is to establish to whom God is speaking, let’s start with the book in question, Hebrews.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV).

Our first clue is contained in the title of the book itself, and it is there we find who the book is addressed to, and that is to the Hebrew people otherwise known as the Jews. It does not reference the Body of Christ, the Church in any meaningful way. Rather, the writer of Hebrews speaks as one trying to persuade lost Hebrew people about the “better way” of Jesus Christ our High Priest. Chapter after chapter of Hebrews calls to mind the Old Testament and the Law of Moses, and carefully compares and contrasts that to the New Covenant with Jesus Christ. Going on the assumption that Paul is the writer of Hebrews, let’s call to mind his passion for his lost Hebrew brethren:

“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” Romans 9:1-5 (KJV)

Now, if you will carefully read and pray over those verses from Romans 9, and then go back and reread the first 6 chapters of Hebrews, I can promise you it will begin to make sense to you. The book of Hebrews is not addressed to Christians saved by grace through faith, it is written to Jews under the Law who are considering the claims of Jesus Christ. And all through the book the writer is constantly comparing and contrasting life under the Law to life under Jesus Christ. As doctrine, it cannot be addressed to Christians because it advocates a works + faith salvation, and that goes against everything else Paul wrote. The book of Hebrews will have it’s full application during the time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Great Tribulation, where believers will be saved by faith + works, and they will have to refuse the Mark of the Beast at the cost of their own lives. The “better things” mentioned in Hebrews is the element of works, added to their salvation, that keeps them safe in God’s will.

“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:9,10 (KJV)

Paul, writing of the doctrine of Eternal Security, is very clear that when the believer is saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9), that they are SEALED IN by the Holy Spirit and that sealing will last right up to the very moment they come face to face with their Saviour, Jesus Christ:

“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:12-14 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit writing through Paul repeats this same point later on in chapter 4:

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)

And just to silence the doubters of this doctrine, the Holy Spirit again through Paul hits this grand slam doctrinal home run out of the park in Romans 8:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35. 37-39 (KJV)

The eager Bible student shall note the following about these verses written to born again believers: Paul is asking if there is something, anything, that can separate us from Jesus Christ once we are in Him. He gives every type of external and internal thing that could cause you to lose your faith, things like hardships, influence of beings from the spirit realm, death, something now, something later, something we cannot anticipate. His last example is my personal favorite where he says “nor ANY other creature”. Do you know WHO the “any other creature” is referring to? Why, it’s referring to YOU. You couldn’t be unsaved even if you begged God to do it. Why not? Because HE sealed you in, you didn’t seal yourself in. It’s ALL Him, it’s ALL Jesus. He does the saving, He does the keeping, He watches over us for ETERNITY.

Eternal Security is a GREAT GIFT not given to anyone in the Old Testament, and only to the Body of Christ in the New Testament. David in Psalm 51 begged the Lord not to “take His Holy spirit from him” after he sinned greatly because he knew he didn’t have eternal security. David was saved by faith + his works, as all Jews in the Old Testament were, but not so in the Church Age. And after the Church is taken out in the Pretribulation Rapture, things return to how they used to be, that is to say faith + works.

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Salvation is a FREE GIFT that you can only do one of two things with. You can either accept it and be saved or reject it and stay lost. But what you do not get to do with it is modify it in any way, shape or form. Jesus on the cross cried “It Is Finished!”, and so it comes to us as a finished, completed package. The revelation that Paul received clarifies that eternal security is for the Body of Christ alone. Did God do that because He thinks so much of us? NO. He did it because He thinks so much of what His Son did on the Cross, and then again on the Third Day.

In conclusion, Hebrews 6 on one hand, and Ephesians 1, 4 and Romans 8 on the other cannot possibly be written to the same group of people as doctrine. They are antithetical to each other and cannot be reconciled. But when we rightly divide what we are reading, and understand that Hebrews is written to unsaved Jews and Ephesian and Romans to born again Christians, we have perfect harmony.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

In 1 Corinthians 5, we see the story of the man who slept with his stepmother which Paul said was so great a sin that he was cast out of the Church fellowship and “delivered unto Satan”. But the man never “lost his salvation”, rather he received chastening from the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 2, Paul tells the people to welcome the repentant man back into their fellowship, but there is no mentioning of his being “resaved”. Sin causes the believer to temporarily lose FELLOWSHIP with the Lord, not their salvation. So let me close with the cure for the born again believers sin problem:

 


 

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No, The ‘Ordained To Eternal Life’ In Acts 13:48 Does Not Mean That God Saved People Before They Were Born As Calvinism Erroneously Teaches

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In Acts 13:48, the Bible shows us how God ordained and appointed the gospel to go to the Gentiles as prophesied in the Old Testament that they might believe, this is not a proof text for Calvinism.

I read an article earlier today called The Bible Verse That Made Me a Calvinist and it’s sad little story about a man who reads one verse in the book of the Acts of the Apostles and has the stunning revelation that yes, John Calvin was right about everything. So right, in fact, that the author decides, as John MacArthur teaches, that it’s John Calvin and not Paul who is actually the apostle to the Church Age, and it’s Calvin’s doctrine we are to follow. This type of result is typical of shallow study and sloppy exegesis, the antithesis of 2 Timothy 2:15.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48 (KJB)

Someone once remarked that ‘a text without a context is a pretext for a proof text’, and that’s pretty much ‘right on the money’ as the Bible is filled with verses that, removed from the safe mooring of their context, yield wildly differing results. In Acts 13:44-52, the context is the hardness of the Jews hearts, and their refusal to believe the gospel. The Bible doesn’t say they can’t believe, it says they refused to believe, and because of their refusal, God turns to a group of people who will believe, the Gentiles. That the Gentiles would one day hear and believe the gospel is an Old Testament prophecy found in places like Isaiah 49:6 and Isaiah 60:3 in your King James Bible.

“Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” Acts 13:46 (KJB)

Calvinism may teach, and it does, that no one gets saved until God ‘regenerates you’ in order for you to be able to believe, and then you become born again after God ‘flips your switch’. But this is not what your Bible teaches, it says the opposite of that. In Matthew 23:37, Jesus calls out the Jews for refusing to believe Him and His teachings, clearly showing they could believe if they had wanted to. In Acts 28:23-27, our apostle Paul speaks something very similar to what Jesus said in Matthew, again placing all the responsibility for the disbelief of the Jews on themselves, and not on God for not ‘regenerating’ them. Then in verse 28, Paul gives us a key to unlock Acts 13:48 as we see here:

“Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” Acts 28:28 (KJB)

What did God do? He ordained the gospel to go to the Gentiles, just like it did to Cornelius in Acts 10:1-44, He appointed them the opportunity to have the gospel preached to them that some might believe. The Bible is not saying that God ordained and appointed individuals to salvation before they believed the gospel, rather that He was no longer dealing just with Israel. Romans 10:9-17 is quite clear that a person becomes saved when they call upon the name of the Lord and confess Him as Saviour after they’ve had the gospel preached to them. Paul repeats this theme again in Ephesians 1:10-14 where he shows us that a person gets saved after they hear the gospel preached, they believe it, receive it, and then are sealed unto the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit.

Remember Cornelius? The Bible says that he was a ‘just man’ and one that ‘feareth God’, who had a ‘good report’ among all who knew him. But there was something pretty huge that Cornelius did not have, he wasn’t saved. So, God appeared to Peter and ordained him to go and give Cornelius the gospel on an appointed day, and that’s exactly what happened. Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to Cornelius, and the man got saved after he believed what Peter preached. What does Calvinism have to say about any of this? Nothing, because there is not one iota of Calvinism anywhere needed to bring this about. Now let’s wrap this whole thing up, shall we?

Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” Acts 11:14 (KJB)

The Greek word used for ‘ordained’ is tetagmenoi which means ‘to put in order, to station, to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint’. This is just what God did when He turned to the Gentiles, as Paul says, and ordains or appoints them the opportunity to hear and believe the gospel. To come to any other conclusion is simply bowing to the filter of Calvinism, and being ‘willing ignorant’ of the abundance of scripture, rightly divided and in context, showing Calvin to be in grievous error. Don’t you make the same mistake.

John MacArthur Led 3,500 Pastors To Believe On John Calvin

This is typical MacArthur garbage. You will notice that Mac doesn’t defend Calvinism from the Bible, which you can’t do, but instead appeals to the “suffering and study” of Calvin as the reason why we should accept the private interpretation of Calvinism.

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The Name Of Jesus Is The Name That Is Above All Names, And Did You Know That In Hebrew It’s Joshua Which Means ‘Jehovah Is Salvation’?

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Did you know that in Hebrew the Greek name of Jesus is Joshua, and that both those names mean ‘Jehovah is salvation’? But wait, there’s more.

On Twitter earlier, I watched a short video from a foul-mouthed ‘christian’ who ranted on and on about the ‘real name’ of Jesus. I endured to the end, pun intended, in breathless anticipation of finally hearing my Saviour’s ‘real name’. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the end and he revealed it to be….drum roll please…Yeshua. Is that right, is that the actual name of Jesus? Let’s take a look.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (KJB)

The name of Jesus comes to us in the New Testament Greek with the word iēsous that becomes ‘Jesus’ when translated into English. That’s fairly easy to understand, but let’s go the other way back to the Hebrew. When we do that, iēsous becomes יְהוֹשׁוּעַ which is translated as ‘Joshua’ in English. In both cases and in all 3 languages, the name Jesus means ‘Jehovah is salvation’. Of course, the built-in dictionary in your King James Bible gives further light when we read in verse 23 that “they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Emmanuel, God is with you. Jesus, God will save you. Going a little further Isaiah says his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Now, what’s the reason for the connection of Jesus with Joshua? Let’s find out.

Joshua is used by God to a high degree, and indeed we see in Joshua many types of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joshua starts as a slave laborer in Egypt, but rises to the level of a conquering, faith-filled military leader who trusts God enough to take the Promised Land. Similarly, Jesus was a man at His First Advent who suffered the humiliation of the cross, but at His Second Advent comes as a conquering King to receive a kingdom. So we see that the name of Joshua is interchangeable with the name Jesus, so much so that in two places in the New Testament, the name of Jesus substituted for the name of Joshua. Why?

  • Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;” Acts 7:45 (KJB)
  • For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” Hebrews 4:8 (KJB)

Both these verses are talking about the man Joshua from the Old Testament historically, but the King James translators went with the name of ‘Jesus’ when translating these verse because they are showing you a very valuable prophetical truth. A truth that the translators of the NIV, ESV and even the NKJV decided was not worth bothering with and they translated the passages as ‘Joshua’. Remember we told you that the Greek word iēsous is translated as both the names of Jesus and Joshua? As usual, your King James Bible is giving you insight that has been expunged from the ‘rubber sword’ of the modern versions.

God could have picked any of the Israelites to lead the Jews into the Promised Land, but He chose Joshua and Caleb. Everything about Joshua reminds us of Jesus at His Second Coming, the book of Joshua is a book of warfare. King Jesus comes as a ‘man of war’ to stomp His enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. Like Joshua did in the Old Testament, King Jesus will lead His people from the red rock city of Selah Petra into the Promised Land of Israel for the last time. And as Joshua was just a type in the Old Testament, and could not ultimately give the people rest, King Jesus as the end times Joshua will ‘finish the job’ in a spectacular way. By using the name of ‘Jesus’ in place of ‘Joshua’ in Hebrews and Acts, God used the King James translators to accomplish something none of the modern versions are willing to do, and that’s give you valuable links and cross-references between the names of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Joshua’ regarding the Second Advent.

One more fun fact before I go. In your Bible there are only three people who never lose a battle, care to guess who they might be? David never lost a battle, the Bible says in 1 Samuel 13:14 that he was a man after God’s own heart. The second man who never lost a battle that he personally commanded is Joshua, who in a wild ‘coincidence’ has the exact same name as Jesus. The third Man who never lost a battle, or a soul who called on Him, is Jesus who just happens to have the same name as Joshua. What’s in a name? Plenty, if you have a King James Bible.

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The Modern Versions Prevent A Black Man From Getting Saved In Acts 8 While Teaching The Heresy Of Water Baptism For Salvation In The Church Age

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Your King James Bible faithfully preserves doctrinal truth in Acts 8 that the modern versions seek to destroy

If you have a King James Bible, when you read Acts 8 you thrill to see the salvation of the very first Gentile in the Church Age, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and you marvel at the dispensational truth that’s revealed when you’re shown that baptism in now no longer necessary for salvation. But…if you have an NIV, an ESV, or John MacArthur’s terrible new Legacy Standard Bible, those scripture nuggets have either been removed outright, or cast to the phantom zone of the footnotes section. Why? I’ll tell you why.

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:36,37 (KJB)

People who cannot see dispensations in the Bible will try and tell you that salvation is the same from Genesis to Revelation, but that’s a lie. Salvation isn’t even the same from Acts 2 to Acts 8. In Acts 2:38, Peter is preaching to an exclusively Jewish crowd, and telling them, as a nation, to get baptized for the remission of sins. Yet just 6 chapters later, Phillip assures the Ethiopian Eunuch that belief unto salvation comes before baptism. You are watching the rebirth of the Ethiopian Eunuch while at the same time watching God giving birth to a new dispensation that we call the Church Age. This is all so ground breaking and revelatory that Satan then comes along with his modern version magic eraser to wipe it clean where he can, and cast doubt on it everyplace else.

We live in a day and age where race and race relations are super-charged, and everyone is looking for racism in every cartoon bubble, and that can become weary and tiresome. But is it just a coincidence that the modern versions in Acts 8 swoop in like a seagull after popcorn to snatch up the exact moment that the Ethiopian Eunuch, a black man, gets saved? It kind of feels like it to me. So let’s do a simple bullet point demonstration of the damage done here by the modern versions, shall we?

  • THE DISAPPEARING SALVATION: In your King James Bible, you read that the Ethiopian Eunuch wants to know what’s stopping him from being baptized, and Phillip tells him he needs to get saved first, and baptized second. “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The Eunuch gets saved in verse 37, which is then promptly removed by the Laodicean Bible correctors. This is criminal activity perpetrated by Christian criminals who call themselves doctors.
  • THE DISAPPEARING DISPENSATION: By removing verse 37, there is now no dispensational difference between this event in Acts 8 in the Church Age, and the water-based salvation of the Kingdom Age. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” You are being duped, dumbed down and dumped into that whirling vortex known as the ‘Greek and Hebrew Scholars Union’. This is where true biblical scholarship goes to die, don’t let it kill you. NOTE: If you have an ESV, NIV or any of those other perverted ‘bibles’, we invite you to throw it in the trash, then click here and we will send you a brand new King James Study Bible at zero cost to you.

The Greek and Hebrew scholars love to tear down your faith in the King James Bible so they can replace it with your faith in their scholarship, this is a con game of the highest magnitude. We have dozens of books at the Bookstore that will reveal everything you need to know about Bible versions, and we invite you to purchase some of those books right now.

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