Christ said that he who believes “cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.” Jn. V., 24.

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This does not suppose an exemption from judgment. “We must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ.” 2 Cor. V., 10. Your text means, “If you have faith and all other necessary conditions, you will not meet with the judgment of condemnation; and even now, if you be in God’s grace, you have a title to this merciful judgment since you have passed from the death of sin to that life of grace which is intended to yield only to eternal happiness.” Thus Christ says, “He who perseveres to the end, he shall be saved.” Matt. XXIV., 13. Those who do not persevere in God’s grace will not be saved. St. Paul says, “With fear and trembling work out your salvation.” Philip. II., 12. Why, if they were already saved and had nothing to fear? Again he speaks of those who were once illuminated and who were already then fallen away. Heb. VI., 4-6. You claim to be assured of salvation and that you cannot fall away, whilst Scripture tells us of some who were as believing as you are, yet who did fall away!

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