John 8:31 (NKJV)
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.
A typical interpretation of this passage from those believing salvation can be lost is that the true disciples of Jesus will be known only at the very end and only if they continue to abide in the Word until the end. In other words, they will remain disciples and saved only if they continue to abide. However, here Jesus distinguishes between Jews who were true disciples and those who were not but affirmed they “held to His teaching.” Notice the passage doesn’t say, “If you abide in My Word, you will be My disciples, or you will remain My disciples, but you are My disciples.” Believers are not saved by holding to His teaching, but they hold to His teaching if they are saved and because they are saved. Their abiding in the Word confirms what they already are: true disciples of Jesus.
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