iQuote from Purple Sage:
"Well, since Catholics don't believe in OSAS, your reasoning doesn't really apply to them. In Catholicism you don't just 'believe and confess' in one moment and your salvation secure forever. (Any Catholics reading, please correct me if I'm wrong.) Here's a quick explanation. The last paragraph sums it up if you don't want to read the whole thing."
I believe something that is both assurance of salvation for eternity and that we are working out our own salvation.
Two aspects of salvation:
1. Once you have received Christ and are born anew, you cannot be unborn just as you cannot be unborn of your mother's womb. You're eternal salvation is secure.
2. I have seen evidence in the Word (sorry no time to provide all verses) that at the judgement seat of Christ He will judge how much we have gained of Him through out our lifetime. How much have we loved Him, turned to Him, gotten to know Him. In other words our life after the initial salvation is for transformation. We need to be transformed into the same image as Him from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory. This requires the denying of our soul so that we will be one with the Lord's will.
We are likened to a field of wheat. Some will ripen first and can be reaped for the Lord's enjoyment as the first fruits. Some will need further ripening. The Word indicates that there will be a reward and a discipline based on how we have lived before Him.
The reward is to enter into the wedding feast for 1000 years or the discipline is to be in outer darkness with weeping and nashing of teeth for 1000 years. I think most believe this to be hell but I don't. There is evidence otherwise.
In Matt 25 the ten virgins must all be believers because they all have oil in the beginning. Oil signifies the Spirit. In the OT they put oil in the lamp. Plus they are all virgins. They must be all on the same level as believers. Then some pay the price and buy the oil (more Spirit) while they are waiting for the Bridegroom. Others do not buy the oil and suffer the discipline of not entering into the wedding feast.
The two in the field; one is take and one is left. They, too, are both on the same level. They are workers in a field. One's work is rewarded and the other's work is not rewarded.
14 If anyone's 1work which he has built upon the foundation remains, he will receive a 2areward;
15 If anyone's 1work is consumed, he will suffer 2loss, but he himself will be 3asaved, yet so as 4through bfire.
Before I was a believer, I was always confused by how some one could be 'going to heaven' but their life was a mess and full of sin. I never bought into the I've got my fire insurance thinking. Once I became a believer and read and studied the verses, this made sense in my spirit. I could never live my life not knowing if I am pleasing God enough to be saved. I think I would become neurotic. I can live my life, knowing that I am born of God and will be joined to Him for eternity, but knowing that my spiritual life on earth matters. I have to work out my own salvation, turning to Him, denying my soul life, so that I may gain it.
35 For whoever wants to save his asoul-life shall lose it; but whoever will lose his soul-life for My sake and the bgospel's shall save it.
36 For what does it profit a man to again the whole world and forfeit his soul-life?
This is such a deep matter and requires so many verse references to fully explain it in a good way. It requires going in the OT to see the typology and then cross referencing with parables and Revelation where it speaks about the overcomers. The believers who do over come in this lifetime will be a remnant of believers. The entire body of believers does not over come in their life time. They are drawn off by the world, sin, and the degradation in the church doesn't help matters. Then there are the dead over comers and the over comers who are alive when the Lord returns. It's difficult to keep it all straight and there are so many interpretations out there.
Just to stay on topic, the overcomers will come from all denominations Catholic and Protestant. The ministry I am reading does help to produce over comers, but there is no guarantee that if you meet where I meet or read what I am reading, you will be an over comer. Only the Lord knows that.
This analogy helped me:
A high school wins a football championship. The whole high school gets the trophy to display in the school foyer. However, it was only a small group of football players who did the work and paid the price to be trained and perfected to win the prize. Likewise, the overcomers have paid the price with their soul life and will bring the Lord back and win the reward, but all of the genuine believers(the universal body of Christ) will, after the 1000 year discipline (further perfecting, ripening), be with the Lord for eternity.