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  The Last Judgement by Christ depicted on facade of Notre Dame in Paris  
  The façade of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, of which these base relief images form a part, was completed in 1225 Anno Domini.  

 

  Many will fall away ...
But he who endures to the end
will be saved.
  Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.  
        Matthew 24:9-13  

 

 

 

  Already Saved      

 

  We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in [or by] hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes [awaits] for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  
    Romans 8:22-25 [emphasis added]  

 

  You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with [in] Christ — by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.  
    Ephesians 2:1-10 [emphasis added]  

 

 

 

  In a Process of Being Saved      

 

  For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  
    1 Corinthians 1:18 [emphasis added]  

 

  But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?  
    2 Corinthians 2:14-16 [emphasis added]  

 

 

  Hope to Be Saved      

 

  Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  
    Romans 5:1-11 [emphasis added]  

 

  According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.
 
    1 Corinthians 3:10-15 [emphasis added; and note also Biblical support for the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory]  

 

 

 

  Fear and Trembling      

 

  Saint Paul addressing Baptized and seasoned Christians   Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  
        Philippians 2:12-13 [emphasis added]  

 

  You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off.  
    Romans 11:19-22 [emphasis added]  

 

  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:  
 

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

 
    2 Timothy 2:10-13  

 

  Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James. To those who are called, loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus Christ. May you have more and more mercy, peace, and love. Dear friends, I wanted very much to write to you concerning the salvation we share. Instead, I must write to urge you to fight for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s holy people. Godless people have slipped in among you. They turn the grace of our God into unrestrained immorality and deny our only master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Judgment was passed against them a long time ago. I want to remind you of something you already know very well. The Lord, who once saved a people out of Egypt, later destroyed those who didn’t maintain their faith. I remind you too of the angels who didn’t keep their position of authority but deserted their own home. The Lord has kept them in eternal chains in the underworld until the judgment of the great day. In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and neighboring towns practiced immoral sexual relations and pursued other sexual urges. By undergoing the punishment of eternal fire, they serve as a warning. (CEB)
 
    Jude 1:1-7 (CEB) [emphasis added]  

 

  He who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my Father; and I will give him the morning star.
 
    Revelation 2:26-28 [emphasis added]  

 

 

 

  As so very often, the Once Saved Always Saved error highlights why the Magisterium the Teaching Authority of the Church is Essential,
Essential for Unity and for Orthodoxy: the Content of Christianity, the Correct Doctrine of the Only True Faith.
And conversely the error of Once Saved Always Saved reminds us of that other error which created it, Sola Scriptura, an error
As absurd (a book interpreting itself!) as it is Non-Scriptural (never mentioned in Scripture, indeed it is contradicted in 2 Thess and elsewhere).
Of course the Bible in the end does not interpret itself.
So we end up with tens of thousands of interpreters-cum-denomination –founders, and
A world in religious, moral and intellectual chaos.
(Have a look at the number of war dead, combatant and non-combatant, since the Church-rejecting French Revolution.)
Though in principle Sola Scriptura means not tens of thousands but tens of billions of doctrine definers calling their creations Christianity.
God founded a Church, not a Bible. That very Church gave us the Bible.
 

 

 

Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed    
  I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    judgement depicted in detail on facade of Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris