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November 18, 2021

Having God's Life and Shall Never Perish (2)

John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life. John 10:28 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.

[Part 2 of 2] This initial salvation of God has saved us from God's condemnation and from eternal perdition (John 3:18, 16). However, although this initial salvation saves us from God's condemnation and from eternal perdition, it does not save us from God's discipline. During our lifetime God will discipline us and may even punish us. In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul indicates that God judges, disciplines, and even punishes the believers. This does not mean, however, that those who are disciplined by God will lose their salvation. According to Scripture, on the one hand, we have been saved for eternity. We shall never be condemned by God, and we shall never perish. On the other hand, while we are living on earth in the flesh, God will deal with us and discipline us. Sometimes He may even judge us or punish us. Although we shall never perish, we may experience God's discipline during our lifetime. But it is altogether contrary to the Bible to teach that to be disciplined by God means that we shall lose our salvation. God may punish us for certain things, but we have been saved for eternity and we shall never lose this eternal salvation. (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of First Peter, pp. 58. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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