A question please: Why, if we true Christians don't lose our salvation: John 10: 27-29, does Jesus Christ declare: He who perseveres until the end will be save. Matthew 24:13 and 10:22. ?
UK Apologetics Reply:
Ultimately, if we are truly called and chosen, we cannot lose that salvation; this is clear from a number of very clear Scriptures, including most of Romans 8. But in these two particular Scriptures (Matthew 24:13 and 10:22), Jesus is simply imploring Christians to 'stay on course,' to avoid backsliding phases in our Christian lives. Here He is approaching this topic more from a human perspective. He is saying, 'don't weaken in your calling, it will be harder for you when you do that.' Perseverance, that is, to continually stay on course, is always best. Also, those who do persevere until the end are confirming that they are true believers. People who are "believers" for a few months or years but then choose - not under any temptation - to walk away from that are confirming that they were never among the called and faithful; they were 'tares' (or weeds) which are so quick to appear among crops which are 'called and chosen' to be cultivated. Let us look at Matthew 13:24-30:
24. Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27. "The owner’s servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 28. "'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29. "'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'" (Matthew 13:24-30, NIV throughout).
Now it's true that virtually all Christians do go through weaker phases, or backsliding phases, but when we do we are always making it harder for ourselves than it need be. However, a spiritually weaker phase, or a 'backsliding' phase in a true Christian's life does not mean that person is a 'tare.' We see such phases in the truly called of the Bible, from Abraham, through Moses to David and on to Paul the Apostle.
So in these verses Jesus is really looking at this matter from a more human pespective, He is saying, 'those who persevere and endure to the end (of their lives) in their Christian Faith and calling will be saved.' We know that; these people are confirming their calling, but these comments also encourage us all to 'stay on course' and to 'fight the good fight,' but my questioner here is also well aware of John 10: 27-29, since he quotes it:
27. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. (John 10: 27-29).
Robin A. Brace. March 19th, 2017.