Why do I call ‘They will never perish’ a bottom line? I’m glad you asked. So here it is.
All ‘once saved, always saved’ arguments aside, no matter what form they take (including the ‘snatching v. jumping’ thing) Jesus said that those to whom he gives eternal life will never perish. (wake up in Hell).
The only question left is “When does Jesus give eternal life to us? Whenever that moment is, from that moment in time, whoever has ‘eternal’ life has absolutely no chance of dying on this earth and waking up in Hell.
So no matter what passages are trotted out to ‘prove’ a genuine believer (one who has been granted eternal life) might lose, forfeit, or somehow throw away their salvation (jump out of God’s hand), must mean something else.
So that’s another of the personal ‘bottom lines’ I keep tucked away. Not only is it extremely comforting, it can actually shorten discussions and end arguments! What a concept!
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – Jesus
Food for thought on a Tuesday morning/