The Word of God Sets Men Free
While we drove down the road I pondered the phrase, “Once Saved - always Saved”. This phase never did sit right with me. When I hear folks use this phrase I think, “do you mean that you think you can be saved and keep on walking in sin without change?” I began praying about this phrase; asking God what he thinks about this belief.
One day the Lord spoke to me and said; “when you give your life to me and become born again; your spirit gets born again, not your flesh”. He gave me some verses to meditate on:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 12:1-4
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21
Then the Lord said to me, “your being is made up of a body, soul and spirit. Our flesh desire’s sin and the things of this world. Our soul is our mind and it needs to be renewed by the word of God. It is our spirit that gets born again or saved from the sin in this world. It is possible for us to get saved and at the same time fail to renew our mind. We can fail to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Then our body/flesh gets its own way and our spirits don’t grow in the Lord. The spirit that was born again is stunted and does not grow toward maturity.”
The Lord gave me this illustration. If you take two rocks and rub them together they become smooth after a period of time; all the rough edges are knocked off. This is how it is with our flesh and spirit. When we get born again we take the word of God and apply it to our lives. This application is like taking those rocks and rubbing them together. In the spirit world we take our body and spirit and apply the word. Our flesh begins to lose its desire for the sinful nature; and starts to smoothen. This process is very important for Christians. You see, our soul (our mind) likes to remind us of our past; the past that we left under the blood of Jesus Christ. If our soul (mind) is not renewed with the word of God, we are destined to dwell on the past and camp out with the enemy. Remember Romans 12:2, “renew your mind to the word of God”.
In Romans Paul says we should not let sin reign in our bodies. We can choose to walk apart from sin.
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Roman’s 6 11-14
I remember when I first became born again. My Christian walk moved up and down like a seesaw. I was raised in a very religious home where I was taught that the Hutterite Way was the only way to heaven. But then I experienced Jesus and his Gospel in my life. I saw that Jesus was the only way to heaven. Jesus is my salvation. In my mind I would go back and forth between “Jesus saved me” and the “Hutterite way”. One day Jesus said to me, “Your salvation is only perfected in me (Jesus) and what I (Jesus) did on the cross for you. No religion, no clothes, no head scarves or works of man will save you. Only the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross will save you.”
I heard a young man testify once how he became born again. He said he still loved going to the bars, drinking and getting drunk. He said he loved the things of the world. After he became born again and started reading the word and fellowshipping with believers, he noticed that he didn’t need to get drunk anymore. He frequented the bars less and less and realized after some time that he didn’t need or desire to go to the bars anymore. The word of God sets men free.