Category Archives: Perseverance

Perseverance: Wrapping Up

There are plenty of other proof texts for both sides that we could dig into. And I enjoy the digging. But feelings are getting a bit on edge, and I imagine we’ve tested the reader’s endurance and tolerance quite enough. … Continue reading

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Perseverance: John 10 In Depth, Part 2

“They shall never perish” “They shall never perish” is a Hebraic parallel with “I give them eternal life.” The English translations aren’t very true to the Greek. The Greek is literally — And I give to them life eternal [aionion], … Continue reading

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Perseverance: John 10 In Depth, Part 1

One of the most popular prooftexts in support of the perseverance of the saints (POTS) is – (John 10:28-29)  “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Hebrews 10, Part 2

Why do we fall? Why is it that we fall away when we deliberately continue to sin? Because “no sacrifice for sins is left.” This is obviously the opposite of 10:18, which says that once we’ve been saved, “there is … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Hebrews 10, Part 1

We skip ahead to chapter 10, where we see the author recapitulate the thought of 6:4-6, but with additional explanation. It’s important to realize that the first part of chapter 10 culminates a lengthy discussion going back to chapter 7 … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Some Implications of Hebrews 6:4-6

As we considered in the last post of this series, Hebrews 6:4-6 teaches that it’s possible for a Christian to so rebel against God that he falls away, and this happens when the Christian can no longer be brought back … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6 contains one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament (which says a lot!). (Heb 6:4-8)  It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Hebrews 4

(Heb 4)  Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Hebrews 3

I love Hebrews. I find it easier to follow than Paul. I mean, the author — whoever he or she may be — wrote clear, direct prose. Hebrews speaks to me. And so I want to address the Perserverance of … Continue reading

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Perseverance: Re-Introducing the Subject

The last post of this series has generated well over 300 comments — which I think is a record for One In Jesus. I had no idea! I have to conclude that if perseverance is determined by argumentative tenacity, the … Continue reading

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