Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 9, 2013

Quality of Life Versus OSAS Part 1, by David Bower

A Source of Confusion

As a Global Media Outreach online missionary I have the privilege of working with people from all over the world. While many of those with whom I work are receiving Christ for the first time, many are Christians who are having problems in their lives. These problems cover a wide range of categories but the majority of them seem to focus on quality of life issues such as sin, unemployment, family issues, and feelings of loneliness or rejection.

Questions similar to, “Why has God abandoned me, or where is God now that I need Him” are posed in various configurations and some even question their salvation itself. All too often quality of life issues are confused with eternal security issues. What I would like to do in this article is to clearly distinguish the differences between quality of life and once saved always saved.

The Basic Problem

Is there a problem separating God and man and if there is what kind of a problem exists? There seems to be a lot of confusion on this point so clearing up what is really going on is a great place to start our diagnosis. Yes, there is a fundamental problem of separation that exists between God and man and this resulted from Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden.

When Adam disobeyed a direct command from God not only did he die spiritually that very day but the entire human race died too; this is referred to as “The Federal Headship of Adam.”  This principle is explained in Romans 5:12-14, “12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.”

Paul points out the fact that after Adam no one could sin against God’s only command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil yet physical death came to all men even though the law was not yet given. In Adam’s case spiritual death came immediately but physical death was not to follow for several hundred years; all of Adam’s descendents though have been born spiritually dead.

God’s Solution to the Basic Problem

Fortunately Paul does not drop the subject on that sad thought but provides God’s answer to the problem when he writes in verses 15-16, “15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.” Here we see the work of our Kinsman-Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ paying the price of redemption by the shedding of His own blood.

What about the law and personal sin? The Mosaic Law was given to show us our inability to satisfy the righteousness of our perfect and holy God. In Galatians 3:23-25 we read, “23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.”

The One Condition

One can see from the above that our problem is a problem of birth; we have been born into a family that is spiritually dead and at birth we take on the characteristics of our family. That gives more significance to our Lord’s statement to Nicodemus in John 3:3 where he said, “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.When we are born again we are born into God’s family and are given the characteristics of God’s heavenly family which includes spiritual life.

Once born into God’s family there is absolutely no way to become unborn from God’s family; we are a part of God’s family forever and ever. We become at our second birth a child of God and are sustained in that capacity by the power of God. There is nothing we can do or fail to do that will ever change that. This principle is stated clearly in Romans 8:38-39 where we read, “38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

What then is the one condition required in order to enjoy this second birth? There is a simple answer and that is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

This is why I am convinced that once an individual is saved, they are always saved.

To be continued in Part 2

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