Could Paul Lose Salvation?
The apostle Paul had such a love for his own people Israel that he once said that he would be willing to be accursed [anathema separate] if it would have meant that Israel could all be saved. This shows what a wonderful attitude Paul had for his physical brethren, the Israelites. But Paul knew only one man could ever "be accursed" for them, and the world. It was Christ who became the curse for all people to die for mankind. "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us" (Galatians 3:13).
Under no circumstances could Paul, or any other man, become a curse for someone else in the eyes of the Father in the matter of salvation with the exception of Christ. It was impossible for Paul to be in a condition that would mean his separation from Christ. He had just given this assurance. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature [creation], shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35, 38, 39). There is no possibility that Paul could ever be cut off from God, no matter how much he or anyone else might wish it. Of course, Paul knew this. He was merely expressing his deep love for his people Israel. He knew that their salvation would one day occur. He said "all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:26) and this means all without exception. Nothing will prevent their salvation from occurring. Nor will any of us ever be made separate from Christ. Salvation in Christ is assured for all (I Timothy 2:4).
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