(Thanks to Darrell Creswell for his illustrated scripture.)

WHAT DOES OSAS MEAN?  I recently discovered what OSAS meant when I came across this acronym from reading different posts.  There are many Christians who subscribe to this teaching of ‘Once Saved Always Saved’,  which is what OSAS means.  According to the scripture above we did nothing by ourselves to deserve God’s grace and gift of salvation.  I certainly believe this to be true, that Jesus paid the price for our sins, calling  us “out from darkness into his marvelous light”  (1 Pe 2:9). . .   

BUT we are also called to Righteousness and Holiness:                                                                                      

“BUT now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 6: 22-23) 

“BUT if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in  you.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: BUT if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”  (Romans 8:11-13) 

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”         (Titus 2:11-14)

Professing faith in Jesus Christ is just the BEGINNING of our faith walk, a life long relationship with God. We must learn to love God and share His love with others.  Jesus told His disciples to follow Him, learn from His example and His teachings.  He commissioned His followers and us as well, to preach the gospel in all the world, make disciples of men, heal the sick, cast out devils, etc. (Mt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)

A brief profile of the believer’s life should be as follows- RODS:

  • R- Repentance- to confess and turn away from sin, from our old life of living for self to living for God and others; a clear change in mind set and a new life style;
  • O- Obedience- to live out our faith with works pleasing to God and holy living by following and obeying God’s Word and doing His Will.
  • D- Discipleship- to follow after Christ’ example and the New Testament teachings; living a life of studying God’s Word, prayer and worship, and Christian fellowship. 
  • S- Service- to obey the Great Commission, sharing the Gospel message at home and abroad by words and by deeds; serving God by serving others in the local assembly, community, etc., being zealous of good works!

The basic attributes noted above should be found in the lives of all those who desire to be counted as faithful followers of Christ.   A true worshipper of Christ is one who worships God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  He is separated unto God and does not compromise God’s standards with the ways of the world:

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  (1John 2:15-17)

Qualities In Our Character that God Desires:


“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”  (Psa 34:18)  

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”  (Psa 24:3-4)

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  (Mt 5:8)


“. . .for the tree is known by his fruit.”  (Mt 12:33)                                                       “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mt 7:19-20)

“. . .the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”  (Gal 5:22-23, 25)

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  (Mt 5:16)

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (Micah 6:8)

THE BIG QUESTION:  Is my salvation a done deal?  

 “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  (Phlp 2:12)

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;. . .”  (Heb 2:3)

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. . . 

And they continued stedfastly in  the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”  (Acts 2:38, 42, 43)

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; . . .”   (Php 2:12-15)

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”  (Mt 24:13)


From the many scriptures that have been cited so far, we can easily see that salvation is a matter to be taken very seriously.  It is about a life commitment to God 24/7, 365 days a year.   It is ABOUT GOD, not us,  who sets the standards, and ABOUT JESUS who is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2).  

OSAS is a concept that is unBiblical and cannot be proven by scriptures.  Careful study of God’s Word shows that there are many ‘If-then’ conditions attached to God’s promises.  One outstanding illustration is 2Chronicles 7:14.   God spoke this promise to King Solomon who disobeyed God and led his people into apostasy which is still the national condition of Israel today.  If we are disobedient and reject God, He will withhold His blessings from us.  God moves on our behalf when we are humble and repent of our sinful ways.  Obedience or disobedience to God determined the final outcome of individuals and nations in the past and will be the case in the present and future.

 OSAS is misleading in that it generates more questions than answers, thus creating confusion and disputings over the definition of ‘saved’ and ‘saved from what?’  More importantly, it gives many Christians a false security of being saved no matter how they live.  So what does ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ mean?  Or ‘he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved’? 

In reviewing the preceding sections of scriptures, two big words in particular stand out: HUMILITY of character and HOLINESS in Christian conduct.  For this reason I submit that OSAS, ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ is a misnomer and a fallacious doctrine.  Only God alone knows the heart of man.  He is the ultimate Judge in matters of humility or pride and righteous or unrighteous living.  How can anyone say that his salvation is written in stone?  Many Christian leaders will be in for a rude awakening:  

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  (Mt 7:21-23)

 In Ezekiel chapter 3, God commands Ezekiel to warn people regarding their sins.  One group are the righteous who sin, that they must repent.  God says that He will not remember their righteousness because they sinned and did not repent. (Eze 3:20)  Who are these people?  They may be any of these in 2 Tim 3:1-8.   Or they may those  going to churches that practice ‘cheap grace’ or ‘sloppy agape’, churches that don’t preach repentance and holiness  and close their eyes to sexual sins in the camp like members living in fornication, adultery, homosexuality, worldly lifestyles, and other sins.  

Jesus spoke a parable of two men praying in the temple to point out their heart attitudes.  The Pharisee boasted of what a righteous person he was and told of his good works; he looked with disdain and scorn upon other men, even the other person in the temple with him.  Standing a distance away, the publican prayed, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”  (Luke 18:9-14)  This is what Jesus said about pride and humility:

“. . .every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” 


Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”  This speaks of the sins we repent of and we are told to not continue in our sins.  (Rom 6:1-4)

Names written in the Book of Life may be or can be BLOTTED OUT!

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev 3:5)

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”  (Rev 21:7)

BUT the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  (Rev 21:8)

(The LORD speaking to Moses) “Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.”  (Deut 9:13-15)

Let us be careful to be humble and have a teachable spirit so that the Holy Spirit can be our teacher to illuminate God’s truths to our hearts.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”  (2Tim 2:15-16)

About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on October 30, 2013, in Hearing From God And His Word and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Backslidden People NEED to PRAY and READ the HOLY BIBLE to Renew their Walk with Jesus Christ!! Christians are NOT perfect, Just Forgiven!! WE have to Ask Jesus to Forgive us Daily even if we feel we haven’t sinned we have!! There is No Perfect Person on this Earth!! the Only One who is Perfect is Jesus!!

    Love in Christ Jesus, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

    • I praise the Lord for you, Kristiann, my sister in the Lord! How wonderful is God’s love- A perfect God loving unworthy and imperfect people like us! May we live to honor and please Him!

  2. Well, this topic has divided many a good people, and confused the ‘weak of faith.’ It really cannot do justice to ‘sound doctrine’ in such a short space, but I believe the major defect in mis-understanding the nature of salvation is simple: we do not have a clear picture of who God is, and we therefore have a defective view of ourselves.

    When Paul said ‘to depart with Christ is far better….’ was this a false sense of ‘security,’ or did he really ‘know whom he hath believed???” How many times can our children be born of the flesh? God will be true to Himself, he cannot deny himself. True, the person’s place in eternity will be not as expected, saved so as fire as it were, but God is not in the business of ‘returning his gifts.’

    Generally, there is a misuse and abuse of scripture to deny osas as true, and the context proves this very thing. For instance, when we say ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling….’
    most stop there and vaunt: ‘there see, you can lose your salvation.’ and I say ‘hogwash,’ for the truth in the next verse says ‘it is God who worketh in you, both to will, and to do of his good pleasure,’

    It is either ALL of God, or it is nothing; this is the principle of grace. It is not ‘worthy is the Lamb,’ as well as ‘worthy am I,’ and scripture tells us what KIND of people to be having such a treasure in earthen vessels.

    If a person who said salvation can be lost is honest, then he must admit that ALL sins must be covered, and that if there is ONE sin unconfessed, then God being GOd, must deny a person admittance to the gates of spendor. There can be no compromise, and I submit, there is no-one on earth, no-one, who could stand before God having taken that chance.

    If Christ ‘took away’ the sins of the world, then where are the believers sins? If a person is saved/lost/ lost/saved, then the sins reappear????? They disappear and reappear based on the life of the christian? Are you going with that? I’m not., We tend to focus on the wrong thing, and I’ll take God at his word when he speaks of imposters, that is, they who were NEVER christian. He could not say ‘depart from I NEVER knew you,’ to a christian. for this would be a lie from heaven.

    God has words to the professor, to the carnal christian, to the lost and to the saved, but God does not play games with his truths. His yes is yes, and his no is no. He can be trusted. You and I are subject to failure, but I appreciate what the writer of the article mentions: grace. It starts and ends there, but again, not enough space to develop this theme here.

    • Aloha John, I always appreciate your comments and deep thinking. Granted, there are all kinds of people who call themselves Christians and if you read the Ezekiel link or your Bible, there are the righteous who sin and repent, the righteous who sin and don’t repent, and the righteous who don’t sin, as an example. Yes, in the end God who establishes His Word and parameters of His Grace, will be the final judge of us all. Thanks for sharing, God bless you!

  3. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:

    I thought I would reblog this as an exhortation to pursue holiness (Heb 12:14); ‘work out their (our) salvation with fear and trembling’ (Phil 2:12); deal with and repent of sin in our lives (Eze 3:18-21); refrain from compromise and hypocrisy in our faith walk; and pursue truth by diligently studying God’s Word, that we be found worthy of Him (1 Thess 2:12).

  4. My wife and I live in Ft. Worth, Texas and can not find a church that preaches the truth of God’s Word as you teach it here. We want to find this Church but need someone to point us in the right direction. Does anyone have knowledge of the church we are looking for?
    Thank You! And may God Bless You!
    Dave Wiebe

  5. I hope osas is true because I have addictions and sins that I cannot overcome 😦

    • God bless you,Nick, for your honesty. It is when we realize the spiritual condition we’re in and know we need help that the Holy Spirit steps in to comfort and help us!

      Nothing significant happened in my life to bring me bring me peace or transform my life until I turned to God for help (read my testimony; link in ABOUT).

      Philippians 2:13 says, ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. And in 4:13 The Bible tells us ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’

      Yes, I believe OSAS is true to anyone who has confessed Jesus and desires to follow Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). People who are saved still sin, BUT ‘IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (1John 1:9) I pray everyday as Jesus said in Mt 10:13 ‘deliver us from evil’. We live in an evil world full of temptations and evil influences. Satan wants to destroy and kill us BUT ‘GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE (Psa 46:1)

      Exercise your faith, Nick and believe God’s Word; He will help you to overcome your ‘addictions and sins’. Trust God totally; man will fail you, but God won’t! ~Liz

  6. And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never parish.

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