Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. For truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them. And when you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your sins. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins.”Mark 11:22–26 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
The things Jesus says have depths of meaning. The one thing that we can glean is we do everything here and now by faith. That is, we believe what Jesus said is true.
Here He is speaking about asking for things in prayer. If we believe we will receive them we will have them. Could this apply to salvation?
I think so.
If you believe you will receive it, you have it the moment you ask.
Consider what Calvinism offers, God must regenerate a person before they can have faith to believe. Yet here, Jesus makes no mention of waiting for regeneration first. I don’t think in anything He said to folks that they had to wait for regeneration before they could respond in faith to His words. In other words, that system teaches that salvation is possessed by a person before they can even ask for it. In fact, they must be regenerated (saved) first in order to ask for it.
But what if you believe salvation is a transient thing. Could you really have it at all if you believe it can be taken away?
I think that is a fair question to ask. And wouldn’t the idea of losing salvation be considered a doubt when Jesus promises to be with us always?
Jesus says things like this…
He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God..John 3:18 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Jesus didn’t mention regeneration as necessary for one to believe. He also said the believer is not condemned. It’s not a future promised state, but a current state. The unbeliever is condemned already.
The simple emphatic statement “is not condemned” demands that the state be permanent, because if it can change at some point in the future, the believer is then not “not condemned.”
Jesus’ words are simple. Believe what He says. Ask for things in faith and you will have them. You don’t need to wait for regeneration to be saved. You can believe Jesus right now and ask Him to save you right now, and have salvation right now.
Move from the state of “already condemned” to “not condemned.” These aren’t two points people bounce between. But those “already condemned” can become (permanently) “not condemned.”
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