God saves only those who obey Him (Heb 5:8-9). All who once were sinners who become “obedient from the heart to that form of teaching” are “made free from sin and become servants of righteousness” (Rom 6:17-18). Jesus said, “Not every one that says unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my father” (Matt 7:21).
But even if a person has been saved, he is warned that he may fall away (I Cor 10:12). Peter warned if a person knows and obeys the truth but then gets tangled again in sin after he has once escaped the defilement of the world, his “last state is worse than the first!” (2 Pet 2:20-21) Though once saved, he now is lost and is “severed from Christ … fallen away from grace” (Gal 5:4). It is certain that the Christian, though once saved, can “fall away from the living God” (Heb 3:12). Jesus said our salvation is dependent upon our continuing to obey God: “He that endures to the end … shall be saved” (Mt 10:22; Rev 2:10).

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