A Question I Was Asked:



Using 1 Peter 1:7 Against Arminianism






The Question:

Thanks for the article about "Once Saved, Always Saved." I must say that your article is really clear on the issue.

So, can 1 Peter 1:7 also be used for showing (that is, to Arminian-type Christians) that true Christians' faith will never perish? (That all true believers will never quit their faith in Christ).


UK Apologetics Reply:

Glad the article was helpful to you.

You have to take in the fuller context to get the full meaning of 1 Peter 1:7. So let's start earlier in that chapter:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:3-7).

Yes, those verses fully corroborate that the true, elect believer is saved right now and cannot lose that salvation. Every single verse which Arminian theology has thrown up as an objection to this view has been misquoted/abused/misunderstood. I don't say this to attack anyone but it is time that we all moved on from milk to solid spiritual food, and to a deeper understanding. The New Testament is really strong on the teaching that the saved 'cannot be snatched out of the Father's hand.' As just one example, read the entirety of Romans 8!

So, yes, verse seven of 1 Peter 1 is clear when it states, "These have come [that is, the trials], so that the proven genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." Our faith is - right now - being tried by fire. In our case, the fire does not destroy, but refines! Of course, in the quoted verses we are already told (before even reaching verse 7), "...This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

But be a little careful in witnessing to arminian-types. There is a flaw in their understanding but that does not prevent them from being true believers.

Robin A. Brace. June 10th, 2012.

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