We don’t need to have perfect faith to be saved in the end. We just need to have persevering faith. Saving faith is persevering faith.
No one is saved who walks away from the faith. Unbelievers do not go to God’s heaven. Period. But if we continue in faith until the end, we will be saved, and it will be, ultimately, because God was keeping us, working in us, and guarding us by faith.
"who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1:5)
We are guarded by God through what? Through faith. Those who are His, have faith in Him. Yes, His faith gifted to us, and also Him being faithful to us, but that also means we will have faith, too.
Those who walk away, just prove they were never really one of His.
Listen to the testimony of 1 John 2, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us…. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. (vs. 19, 22-25)
There is a reason we need an ever present, always there, at this moment and on into the future, abiding faith in Christ.
And there is also a sure hope if we are one of His we will have it. In the covenant we find ourselves in, we have the New Covenant presence and power of the Holy Spirit, guiding us, working in us, convicting us, delighting us, causing us to walk in His statutes. Still, though, even with the magnificence of the promised one, the Holy Spirit in us, our faith is not perfect. We are still tainted with sin in this body of death. But praise God, we don't need to have perfect faith, we just need to have persevering faith in the one who has perfect faith for us; Jesus Christ.
Friends, we can even call it enduring faith. Do you have it? I can dare say, even at our weakest, if we are Christ purchased possession, sealed by the Holy Spirit, we do. And if we walk away from Him, at any point in our life, never to return, we did not have it. People speak of the fear of God. And rightly so.
Quite often, the Bible declares in no uncertain terms that the “fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” ((Proverbs 9:10, Psalm 111:10) Because it is.
Yes, the fear of God is what causes us to flee to Christ. We see our awful estate. We see the predicament we are in. That we are sinners. That we have sinned against God. That we deserve His wrath. And so we flee to Christ for refuge. But do you know what is the biggest thing, we who are believers should fear about God? We should fear walking away from Him. Do you know why? Because there is no salvation found anywhere else.
If we walk away from Him, for good, never to return, we are doomed. And friends, don’t go puffing yourself, puffing your chest out, and saying, “Oh I would never do that.” May I carefully say, and include myself in this, we do not quite know what we are capable of. One look at Peter, if you know your Bibles well, will tell you this. Yes, by God’s grace Peter was drawn back. Jesus was keeping him and protecting him you see throughout as you read the story.
But do we really want to delve into the secret things of God? Friends, the only way you can know you are on of God’s elect is if you are currently abiding in Christ. Not because you prayed a prayer one day or anything like that. But what is your state of affairs with Him like right now. Yes you make walk away from Christ, and by God’s grace He may draw you back, proving you were on of His. But do you really want to test God. Because what if you walk away for good? Judas did.
May I humbly implore you therefore; take your walk with Christ seriously. Life and death. Heaven and Hell, these are no trifling matters. Eternity is a very long time. Learn to fear God rightly. And learn to fear what you are capable of as a human rightly. Learn to press into God. Get as close to Him as you can. Because unlike everything else in this world that is awesome and majestic and dangerous, the closer you are to God the better.
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matt. 24:12-13)
The one who endures to the end will be saved. That’s a promise. It’s also a promise “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” So press on, being confident in the one in whom you are trusting and serving and following. Endures in that faith friends. It will be worth it.