Feb. 5, 2021

Is Paul Saying We Could Lose Our Salvation? | Colossians 1:23

Is Paul Saying We Could Lose Our Salvation? | Colossians 1:23

Colossians 1:22-23 (NIV)

22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

In Colossians 1:22, Paul says that Christ’s death reconciled us back to God. And because of our belief in Christ, we are holy, without blemish, and free from accusation.

However… verse 23 begins with an interesting word “If…”

So, catch this here…you are pure and blameless, “if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.”

Does this little 2-letter word "if" indicate that we can lose our salvation?

That's an interesting question.

Listen in to today's quick episode, and let's check out what Paul is really saying here.

xoxo,
 Julie Carruth
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

 In Colossians 1 verse 22, Paul says that Christ’s death reconciled us back to God. And because of our belief in Christ, we are holy, without blemish, and free from accusation. However… verse 23 begins with an interesting word “If…” So, catch this here…you are pure and blameless (quote), “if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.”

 So, Paul says, great news kids, you are pure and blameless before God, but you know what?? This is only true IF you continue in your faith. Does this indicate we can lose our salvation? Not at all. I believe what Paul is saying here is that if you continue believing and following after Jesus Christ, it proves that you are truly a member of God’s family.  

Remember there were people in the church at Colossae claiming to be Christians who abandoned their faith. It’s like they got shiny object syndrome. The Gnostics claimed to have a better, shinier, more glamorous view of salvation and God and so they abandoned the faith and followed another belief.  

But Paul says you need to be established and firm in your faith, meaning you need to have a strong permanent position in what you believe. Quit believing the lies creeping into the church. Don’t be swept away by false teachers. You know the Truth. Now stand permanently strong in that Truth. It gives the idea of being cemented in the truth. You cannot be moved. 

 Paul knows false teachers look for weak, immature Christians. Those who don’t really know what they believe. Those who don’t truly know their Bible. They target those people to sway them away from the Truth.

 So, you Simple Truth of today: Paul set the record straight on what is Truth in verses 15-22. Jesus is the eternal God. He created everything for His own purpose and his own pleasure. He holds everything together. He is the head of the church. He is first from among the dead. God’s fullness dwells in Him. He died on the cross to reconcile us back to God. In Christ, we are now holy and blameless before God. Now, that is THE SimpleTtruth. Stand firm in it and never move away from the hope found only in the gospel. 

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