17) 2 CORINTHIANS 3:7,11: “But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious …… which glory was passing away, …….. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. ……..” Briefly, what was passing away was the Old Covenant and certain Apostle itemized OT laws, ESPECIALLY the sacrifices which were still going on in the Temple when this epistle was written. Mainstreamers mistakenly assume ALL OT laws were abolished, too, when the Old Covenant, which was separate from OT laws, was replaced with the New Covenant. The Old Covenant DID NOT offer eternal life or the Holy Spirit, only earthly protection and blessings, so the phrase “ministry of death” appropriately describes the now abolished Old Covenant. Please read the page 32 MORE VERSES MAINSTREAMERS USE TO TRY TO MAKE YOU THINK OT LAW KEEPING HAS BEEN DONE AWAY WITH and scroll down to number 2.
18) JOHN 10:27-29: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Jesus is stating that no external power such as Satan, religious leaders, or other people could “snatch them out of His hand.” Jesus DID NOT say that His followers would live forever regardless of their own future behavior and actions. Many mainstream Christians believe in the man concocted “once saved, always saved, and law keeping is not necessary” idea, but the Bible does not support that belief. A number of verses reveal that baptized Christians CAN ultimately fail to be given eternal life if they deliberately continue to knowingly sin and do not later sincerely repent of those sins (Hebrews 6:4-6). The Bible says that salvation is guaranteed to righteous Christians, but that salvation is a CONDITIONAL salvation. Christians must put forth reasonable effort to remain righteous up to the very day of their death. 1 Corinthians 15:2:”By which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you; unless you believed in vain.” Hebrews 10:36: “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have DONE the will of God, you may receive the promise.” Also, there are many itemized NT sins, of course, such as fornication, murder, theft, adultery, lying, disrespect for parents, working on the Sabbath (“keep the Sabbath”), coveting, drunkenness, and so on, which can in no uncertain terms jeopardize the salvation of a Christian. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27: “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become DISQUALIFIED.” Paul admits that he himself could fail to be saved! The Greek word for “DISQUALIFIED” is adokimos, Strong’s 96, defined as unapproved, rejected, worthless, castaway, and reprobate.
19) To be continued.