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Will a person who is truly saved continue to walk in obedience to Christ?

The person who is truly saved will continue to grow in the faith. The Lord says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples” (John 8:31). Paul writes, “He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation, if you continue in your faith, established and firm” (Col. 1:22–23). The author of Hebrews notes: “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end” (Heb. 3:14). Some have construed these passages to teach that it is possible to lose our eternal salvation. But this is not the teaching of these texts at all; they teach that continuing in the faith is the test of and evidence for the reality of Christ’s saving work in our lives. These Scriptures also warn those who waver and those whose lives do not demonstrate a growing faith that their profession of belief in Jesus might be empty. A life without growing obedience to the Word of God is a life void of the reality of conversion and new life in Christ.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is Vice President and Dean of Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. An ordained minister, Winfred has served churches across the city of Chicago, the near west suburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He is the author of How to Overcome Worry (Moody Publishers) and a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Handbook of Preaching. Winfred and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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