Scripture:  

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.”  John 16:1

Observation:  

I wonder why the implication is that I have the possibility of falling away.  I thought “once saved, always saved?”  Why would Jesus say this? 

Application:  

The acronym OSAS is always a good argument starter. 

I say it that way because there isn’t much good debate, much less conversation around it.  A person is either for it or against it; OSAS is true or it is false.  When it comes down to accurate, objective, biblical study the answer is somewhere right down the middle. 

There is a substantial, experiential answer though and one that makes total sense; it drops the academic theology and has a simple, straight-forward definition:

Jesus said, “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matt 24:13.

The writer of Hebrews clarified, “And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end.” Heb 6:11

Paul told Timothy: “Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.  Persist in this…” 1 Tim 4:15-16a

I don’t think arguing/discussing OSAS is profitable.  I think that if a persistence on declaring that OSAS is right and the “law” of God, then maybe hope is placed on a slippery concept. 

Hope is always on the Cross, where daily I must go.  Recognizing His Atonement for the face in the mirror is a daily task, never dependent on one day in my past.  “But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” Lam 3:21-23a 

Every morning.  Kind of puts pursuing God in perspective, doesn’t it?  And shoos the OSAS discussion out to right field…

Prayer:  

Father, it is a pleasure and a struggle to keep my feet on the straight and narrow path of righteousness—especially to remember and recognize that path isn’t just about works; it includes the focus of my heart.  I do not want to fall away.  I do want to pursue you all my days.  Keep me, sustain me, Lord, to do just that.  AMEN.

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