Conversion involves a lifetime of overcoming and growing in grace and knowledge, of building holy righteous godly character and developing the attitude of obedience to God—a lifetime of maturing spiritually. It is the process which leads to being saved.
Sincere people who believe once you are saved, you are always saved are convinced you cannot then be lost. They teach you can backslide but you cannot fall away. They feel you can sin but you are still saved. It does not matter what you do then, “You are saved, brother!” Actually, you cannot find that teaching anywhere in the Bible.
Here is what it says in Romans 5:8–10: “But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
“Shall be saved from wrath through Him,” it says. In other words, the mind of Christ in us through the power of His holy spirit has put us on the road to being saved, and we are progressing in our conversion and in the process of salvation.
What is it like to be saved? Once we are given the gift of eternal life, then and only then are we saved: “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:22–23). We are then spirit beings and we cannot sin. We cannot die. We cannot backslide. We cannot fall away. We are saved and will always be saved. But that will not happen until the resurrection.
Until we are resurrected, we are corrupt flesh. We are physical. We sin and make mistakes, and we can fall away if we do not repent and overcome. But once we are resurrected into immortal life, then we are saved forever: “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Cor. 15:50–54). We will no longer be corruptible.
- Dreams That Refuse To Die! (yourgoodlifenow.com)