Keeping It Simple

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Mankind has a propensity for taking simple things and making them complex, often confusing himself in the process.  Some say this began with the serpent’s question to Eve,  “Did God really say…?”(Genesis 3:1).  Lets look at some of the simple things of the Bible that man has tried to complicate and ask ourselves if we’re better off with man’s opinion or would it make more sense to keep it simple and stick with what the Bible says.

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OSAS And Romans 11:22

Q.  Romans:11:22 contains the phrase, “Otherwise you also will be cut off.”  So does this  mean that we can we lose our salvation,  If we do not continue in His goodness?

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Deceived By The Apostate Church?

Q. My question has to do with the “falling away” of 2 Thes. 2:3.  I understand that many will be deceived by/into the apostate church of the End Times through various avenues. If someone starts out as a true Christian but in the process of living becomes deceived and does not realize nor repent of this but continues to sincerely believe they are following Jesus even though they have fallen away from the Gospel they were saved with and their relationship with Jesus, have they lost their salvation?

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Will God Still Forgive Me?

Q.  I’ve committed some really bad sins after salvation, will God still forgive me? Please help me, I’ve asked for forgiveness. I’ve lost my joy. I need your help, please.

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Laodicea And Me

Q. I believe that because I am saved that there is nothing that can separate me from the Lord and He will never forsake me.  I have read that our sins are cast as far as the east is from the west but does that mean they are forgiven, Past, Present and Future as some term it?  If that’s so then why when the Lord speaks to the Church at Laodicea, does he warn them to not be lukewarm for He will spew them from His mouth?  How can I begin to judge if I’m lukewarm??  If He spews me from His mouth, doesn’t that mean I can no longer be His?   Can you explain this?

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Can A Person Who Denies OSAS Be Saved?

Q.  The subject of OSAS came up in an internet group I belong to.  The group leaders say they believe in OSAS and I definitely agree with that.  But they say  if a born again believer thinks a Christian could walk away from God, then they don’t believe the whole truth of the Bible, are making God out to be a liar and therefore, they are lost.  I personally don’t believe a person is lost just because they don’t subscribe to OSAS  just as I don’t believe a person is lost if they believe in a mid-trib rapture.  What do you think?

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Why Is It So Hard To See?

Q.  I was having a conversation with a friend who totally believes in conditional salvation and it basically ended in an argument. One of the things he kept bringing up was the fact that we had to repent of our sins and that is why it was conditional. Honestly, I was always brought up to always ask for forgiveness of sins and I do and I believe you have said that asking is more for our benefit. I guess my questions here are what if you sin and then you die before having an opportunity to ask forgiveness?  And why is it so hard for people to see that once we are saved we are always saved?

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OSAS And 2 Peter 3:17

Q.  I am doing a study on 2nd Peter and am having trouble answering a question.  My question deals with verse 17 of chapter 3 which is a warning from Peter.  I understand the warning but my study question asks, “what does this show regarding once saved, always saved”.  Can you help me understand?

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The Unbelievably Amazing Destiny Of The Church

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6-7).

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