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STEP 6: Stay Faithful
We must remain faithful until death.

While baptism puts us into Christ and washes away our sins, we must still be obedient and faithful to God, otherwise, we will lose our souls. The Bible tells us of the reward awaiting those who are faithful in Revelation 2:10 -

"...be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

Some people believe that once a person is saved, he cannot be lost. This contradicts what the Bible says in Hebrews 6:4-6 -

"...for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

In the above verses, the Hebrew writer is describing those who "fall away." If they never truly believed and were never truly obedient, then they could not fall away! Clearly the writer is speaking about true believers who first had and then abandoned their faith thereby putting Christ to open shame.

Finally, Jesus himself warned of following Him and then later abandoning Him when He said in Luke 9:62 -

"...No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Only by following God's word will we be assured of our place in His Kingdom.

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