You can KNOW you HAVE eternal Life
The Doctrine of Eternal Security - Examined
By William Killen Wright
It is inevitable that the ugly face of death faces each and every member of the human race. The truth of this, impressed on the mind of the writer of this book, led him to the unavoidable conclusion that the most important issue in the life of every bible believing person should be "where will I spend eternity"? Can we know of a surety we will go to heaven when we die? Can we lose our salvation? Peace of mind requires an answer!
While the God-given answer is simple, as the Bible affirms: "These things I write unto you that ye may know ye have eternal life ...." (1 John 5: 13), many have been deceived into thinking that they can lose their once received salvation. The author determined to set the record straight.
The book is divided into three distinct parts, the first dealing with the positive Biblical arguments for the doctrine, the second being an examination of the verses used by some to refute the doctrine and the third in concern for those readers who may assume a false security in believing they have been saved but are being have deceived and are living under an illusion.
Part One begins by discussing the difficulty of transmitting truth, importance of getting the actual truth, the fact that there can be only one truth and the invincibility of truth. The next step is to where and when the doctrine of 'salvation once gained can be lost' began and this is followed by a listing of all the principle Biblical verses that clearly support the doctrine of Eternal Security and also those that, at a casual reading, would appear to refute the doctrine.
The opening chapter begins with the importance of Bible facts and the words selected for use by the Holy Spirit as a proof that a doctrine is genuine. Following this the narrative moves on to a careful systematical examination in the study of the Biblical types (Similes) of the Church as portrayed in the New Testament. This is, as far as the writer is aware, a new approach to the subject. Obviously these similes would have to support the Doctrine of Eternal Security if it is true.
The types referred to are the church as a 'new identity', as 'a temple', as 'a Shepherd's Fold', as 'Christ's body', as 'Christ's bride' and as 'a new creation'. The argument now moves on to the sealing by the Holy Spirit, what this sealing signifies, exactly when the moment of sealing occurs in the life of the spiritually new born, the durability of the seal and its purpose.
As there are many biblical verses used by the opponents of these all important doctrine are examined in the second part of the book. The correct interpretation and word meaning are discussed as this is important when a deeper examination of the questionable verses is required.
As most of these difficult verses to the doctrine of Eternal Security have been taken from the book of Hebrews the narrative continues to show that they were written to converted Jews for a special purpose, which had nothing to do with the doctrine of Eternal Security, and that the writer of the book of Hebrews adamantly believed in this all important doctrine. It is shown that the verse in question actually are in reference to the doctrines of Christians rewards and lose of rewards, the criteria for Christian judgment, Christian Stewardship, financial faithfulness, preparation for our life in eternity and the positions in this future life.
The book goes on to deal with the problematic verses in other New Testament books. Verses like 'outer darkness', falling from grace, willful sinning, neglect of salvation, the unpardonable sin and being blotted out of the book of life. n
Eternal Life: The Doctrine of Eternal Life Examined by William Killle Wright was published by Outskirts Press in July 2009 and is our 47595th best seller. The ISBN for Eternal Life: The Doctrine of Eternal Life Examined is 9781432723934.