Obviously there are two schools of thought on here by 2sets of devout Christians.<quoted text>
Without Eternal Security, JUSTIFICATION WOULD NOT BE JUSTIFICATION.
To "justify" in Bible terms--and particularly in Paul's theology--means to declare righteous. To pronounce righteous. It is a legal matter. It affects the books of heaven. Heaven's record of our lives is changed. When God saves us, He justifies us--He pronounces us righteous. Righteous enough to get into heaven. And how righteous is that? Perfectly righteous.
But now, here is the key. How can wicked, fallen sinners be pronounced righteous? What is the basis of God's righteous verdict? As we've already seen, it's not our own works. Instead it is the righteousness of Christ that has been credited to us. The believer has Christ's righteousness credited to his account (II Corinthians 5:21).
Those who suggest that a saved soul can ever be lost again have moved the ground of justification. They are saying, "Although I was saved on the basis of Christ's righteousness, I'm kept saved on the basis of my own righteousness. But that can never be. When I get to heaven I'll never be able to say, "Thanks, Lord--but as we both know, I'm here partly because of my own goodness and faithfulness." Never! My justification is by grace. That excludes my deserving it in any sense. My heavenly destiny rests forever and only on the righteousness of Christ. Romans 3:24, "Justified freely, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
Consider carefully: I am justified because of Christ's righteousness. I am saved because of His faithfulness. Until Christ sins, I am justified! The record next to my name shows that I'm as righteous as Christ. For any charge anyone in the universe brings against me, God's answer is always the same: It is God who justifies on the basis of the finished work and perfect righteousness of Christ (Romans 8:33-34). Is that righteous enough? Indeed it is! If I can ever be lost again, then God does not mean what He says, and justification is not justification.
Well, does that mean it's okay to go on sinning? Should we, as Martin Luther once bluntly put it, "Go out and sin boldly"? No, of course not. Sin is a barrier to fellowship with God. Sin robs us of peace and joy in the Spirit. Sin hinders our witness and our fruitfulness. Sin affects our future rewards. Sin dishonours the name of the One we love. But it cannot alter a relationship that is determined by the sinlessness of Someone else. And that's what justification is all about.
Thanks so much for this one