While recognizing the eternal security of every believer who has put his faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ for salvation, Scripture gives many warnings to Christians. These warnings have nothing to do with losing our salvation, (because our salvation is based entirely upon our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ); rather, they are concerned with the believer’s gain or loss. It is commonly believed that the Lord will welcome every believer into Heaven with a “Well done, good and faithful servant” regardless of how they have lived their Christian lives. The following verses, listed without comment, are stark warnings to believers that how we live our lives here and now, will have eternal ramifications.
- Mt 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
- Mt 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
- Mt 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
- Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
- 1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
- 1Jo 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
- Re 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.