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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Are You Trusting In Your Own Ability to Persevere?

    Those who think they can lose their salvation are not trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation but partly trusting in their own righteousness. Such teaching would have you believe that the sacrifice of Jesus was insufficient to make his people perfect forever (Heb 10:14) or save them to the uttermost (Heb 7:25) [i.e. that Jesus is not enough]. ... such that, in addition to what Christ did, they must join their own ability to persevere in order to maintain their own just standing before God. The book of Hebrews and Galatians severely warns against this and all teaching that rejects the sufficiency of Christ alone (Heb 6 & 10; Gal 3:3).

    Posted by John on December 2, 2013 08:05 AM

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    Such persons wrongly think Christ made the down payment, so to speak, on their salvation and that they have to keep up the monthly installments. They just don't understand what paid in full means.

    This wonderful truth can also be applied to those who struggle with sins and wonder if they ever were saved in the first place. It is true that those who are in Christ will overcome, however there are times when besetting sins can bring discouragement and doubt about ones salvation. This condition of doubt can be attributed to a lack of understanding of the sufficiency of Christ's work and person.

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