Summary: From Hebrews 6 Those who have tasted Salvation and fallen away
Once Was Saved? by Steve Keeler
"For in the case of those who have once been
enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and
have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have
tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age
to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to
renew them again to repentance, since they again
crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to
Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking
off from the Detroit airport. One hundred fifty-five
people were killed. One survived: a 4-year-old named
Cecelia. She survived because, as the plane was
falling, her mother unbuckled her own seat belt, got
down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped
her arms around her. Nothing could separate that child
from her mothers love not this tragedy, not the fall or
the flames that followed, not height nor depth, not life
This is the kind of love our heavenly Father has for us.
We are secure in the fact that He will do whatever is
necessary to keep us near His heart. He will wrap
himself around us and never let go. We are safe in him.
I have known many people who did not feel this way
about God. They were constantly afraid they were
going to accidently slip away from God and no longer
be a Christian. They act as though they could, as they
put it, "lose their salvation" at any moment.
They question whether or not they are still "saved." It's
almost as if they thought they could tick God off without
realizing it. One wrong move and He would disown
They saw God as unpredictable, ill-tempered and
angry. He was looking for all the things that were
wrong with them instead of the things that were right in
These folks don't understand grace. Somehow they
had never read the scripture that says in 2 Peter 3:9;
"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some
count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing
for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."
If you ever feel as though God has given up on you,
you need to understand a couple of things.
First: You cannot "lose" your salvation. You don't wake
up one morning and realize God is gone.
There are some people that act as though God's love
is uncertain and undependable. One day He finds you
acceptable, and the next day He is leaving you without
You cannot "lose" your salvation like you can lose your
key to the house. One minute it's in your hand and the
next you cannot find it to save your life. You don't
misplace your keys on purpose, keys just have a way
of disappearing. They grow legs and go someplace
where you cannot find them.
Your relationship with God isn't like that. You cannot
accidently misplace it. It isn't going to grow legs and
walk away from you. If you do something wrong, God is
not going to throw you away.
In the Old Testament like the New we find a God of
infinite patience and love. In Exodus 34:6-7, the Lord
passed before Moses saying, "The Lord, the Lord God,
compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and
abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps
lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity,
transgression and sin."
God is not against us, He is for us. True, He doesn't let
sin go unpunished, but His real interest is in forgiving
His arms are continually stretched out toward us,
inviting us to come to him. Even when we rebel and
begin to move away from him, He pursues us.
Jesus said that God is like the shepherd who loses a
sheep and leaves the rest of the flock to find the one
who is lost. It is much harder to get away from God
than you imagine.
Listen to the Psalmist who said in my favorite, Psalms
139:7-10 "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where
can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven,
You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You
are there. If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there
Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay
hold of me."
The Psalmist knew that God is always seeking our
companionship, always with us, always longing for us.
His love is always pursuing us, even when we are
running from Him. It is our nature to run from God; it is
God's nature to pursue us wherever we go.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39; "For I am convinced