The true believer is safe and secure in Christ forever. The only other alternative is to say that God is guilty of breaking His Word repeatedly. God forbid!
Keep in mind, however, that the doctrine of eternal security does not give a person a license to sin. All of these statement and promises apply only to those who are in the family of God (regenerated) and true members of the body of Christ. Christ’s sheep are safe forever (John 10:28), but those who do not hear His voice and who do not follow Him are giving evidence that they do not really know the Shepherd (John 10:27).
“The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
Contrast Between The Person Dominated By The Flesh
And The Person Dominated By God The Holy Spirit
DOMINATED BY THE FLESH
"they that are after the flesh" (v.5)
DOMINATED BY THE SPIRIT
"they that are after the Spirit" (v.5)
|"IN THE FLESH" (v.8)||"IN THE SPIRIT" (v.9)|
Two Spiritual Conditions
|"He is none of His." (v.9)||He is His. (He is a Christian.)|
|Born of flesh (Jn.3:6)|
(We are in the flesh by natural birth.)
|Born of Spirit (John 3:5-6)|
(We are in the Spirit by the new birth, by regeneration.)
Two Mind Sets
|He sets his mind on the things of the flesh (verses 5-7).||He sets his mind on the things of the Spirit (verse 5 and see Col. 3:1-2; Matt. 16:23).|
|Death (verse 6)|
(Having no relationship with God)
Cannot please God (verse 8)
|Life and Peace (verse 6)|
Life in a dead world
Peace in a troubled world
|Death (verse 13)|
(See Galatians 5:19-21)
|Resurrection life (verses11,13)|
|He does not have the Spirit (verse 9).||He has the Spirit (verse 9).|
Relationship to God’s Law
|Lawless (verse 7)|
He is a rebel against God’s law and one who CANNOT submit to it.
|The law is fulfilled in this Spirit-controlled person (verse 4).|
Relationship to God
|An enemy (verse 7 and compare Rom. 5:10)||A son (verse 14)|
|No supernatural guidance (verse 14)||Led by the Spirit (verse 14)|
The Person's Obligation
|He is obliged to live after the flesh (verse 12). There is no other way that he can live. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6). The person who is "in the flesh" must live in that realm. He is dominated by his sinful nature inherited from Adam.||He is obliged to mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body (verse13). POSITIONALLY this has already been done (Gal. 5:24) but EXPERIENTIALLY this needs to be done by faith (Col. 3:5; Rom. 6:11 in view of Rom. 6:6; etc.). By faith I must reckon on what has already been done by Christ.|
Verse 9 says that the Spirit is in you.
Verse 10 says that Christ is in you (see also John 14:17,20).
The Biblical doctrine of MORTIFICATION:
1) POSITIONALLY it has already been done! Galatians 5:24 says, "they that are Christ’s (those who belong to Him, compare Romans 8:9) have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Notice that this verse does not say to do this but it says that it has already been done. It does not say "crucify the flesh" but it says, "you have crucified the flesh (already)." When did this happen? Two thousand years ago (compare Galatians 2:20)! When Christ died, I died! That's when my crucifixion took place.2) EXPERIENTIALLY the believer needs to do it: "Mortify (put to death) your members which are upon the earth" (Colossians 3:5). But the key question is this: HOW IS THIS TO BE DONE? Faith is the key! Faith claims the fact that in Christ I have already died (see Colossians 3:3--"for ye died") and by faith I reckon this fact to be true. The "therefore" of Colossians 3:5 points back to the glorious truth of verse 3 that we already died with Christ and in Christ. Thus we are told to do in faith (Col. 3:5) what God has already done in fact (Galatians 5:24; Col. 3:3; Gal. 2:20). Galatians 5:24 sets forth the fact and Colossians 3:5 appeals to faith (based on the fact--Col. 3:3). The more we by faith reckon on our POSITION the more it becomes true (by the power of the Spirit) in our actual CONDITION. See Romans 6:11 and the discussion on "RECKONING."
|Someone might say, "But how can I know whether I have been foreknown or whether I have been predestinated or whether I have been called? How can I know for sure that these things are true of me? How do I know that I am a part of this salvation chain?" The key is the fourth link of the chain: justification. Can a person know whether he has been justified? Absolutely. The Bible makes it very clear that every person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ has been justified (declared righteous in Christ). See Romans 3:22-26; 3:30; 4:1-5; 4:24-25; 5:1. Every believer is saved (Acts 16:31) and every saved person is justified (1 Cor. 6:9-11). There is no such thing as a true believer in Christ who is not justified. And if one link of the chain is true of me (justification), then the other four links must also be true (foreknown, predestinated, called, glorified) because the chain is a unit and cannot be broken. The believer resting in the finished work of Christ never needs to lose sleep over whether he is included in God's eternal plan and purpose! It is settled forever! Let all those who love God's salvation say continually, "The Lord be magnified!"|
I hope this helps! Thank you to George Zeller for his detailed and thorough reply. He writes a lot of Biblical lessons. You can get more info on his church's website at: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/doctrine.htm