“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
I have said many times that the solution to one extreme is not another extreme. The bible is a balanced book. And if we study it properly, we will be very well grounded in our theology. One issue that seems to have been a bone of contention in recent times is that matter of ‘eternal security.’ Many usually represent this as: ‘No matter what you do, as long as you’re saved, it doesn’t really matter. You will make heaven regardless.’
This doctrine gained popularity largely to thwart another popular teaching which opines that even though we are saved by grace, we must supplement it with good works, and be faultless in word and deed if we are to make heaven. But what the bible really say about the matter.
The first is that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone. Our good works cannot save us (Eph 2:8).
However, when we are saved, because the Holy Spirit lives in us, we bear fruit consistent with our new nature. Php_2:13 says: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Good works are a fruit of, not a pre-requisite for salvation.
Every Christian must trust in the ability of the Holy Spirit on his inside to keep him until the end. You should not doubt that your citizenship is in heaven. You should look forward to the coming of Christ, because you were made for heaven when you believed. The same Holy Ghost who is the seal of promise until the redemption of the purchased possession, is the same Holy Ghost working in you to live righteously.
Instead of living carelessly, and saying you will make heaven ‘no matter what,’ this should be your understanding: ‘He who began a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.’