DILIGENT, a. [L.]
1. Steady in application to business; constant in effort or exertion to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduous; attentive; industrious; not idle or negligent; applied to persons.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings. Provers 22.
2. Steadily applied; prosecuted with care and constant effort; careful; assiduous; as, make diligent search.
The judges shall make diligent inquisition. Judg 19.
I have to admit that there are a couple of doctrines that are so clear to me, that there is no getting around what they’re saying. I can see why most Paedobaptists get so confused – the Scripture has little in the way of instruction if you’re not inclined to study the issue out. On first glance, there seems to be little in the way of overt references to it.
Let’s keep in mind that God rewards those who are diligent in study of the Bible with an understanding of true doctrine.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.(Matthew 13:52 KJB:PCE)
Be warned – your study of the Bible will yield EXACTLY what you’re looking for. If you’re digging for contradictions, then your study will yield that. If you’re trying to understand instead those passages that seems to contradict, the understanding will be given you.
The Bible is CLEAR, in some doctrines. One is Once Saved, always Saved, or OSAS.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15 KJB:PCE)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJB:PCE)
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18 KJB:PCE)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36 KJB:PCE)
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29 KJB:PCE)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJB:PCE)
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37 KJB:PCE)
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.(John 6:39 KJB:PCE
In Hermaneutics, there is the Repetition Emphasis principle. Anything that God is speaking emphatically, something He wants to make clear, He will repeat within a verse or two. Almost without exception, EVERY reference to the doctrine of Eternal Salvation or OSAS is given Repetition Emphasis.
A different way to understand it is in the Q&A format. In John 6:37, will God ever cast out a saved person? In John 6:39, will Jesus lose any of the saved to their own sins and rebellions? In Hebrew 13:5, will God ever leave or forsake you?
While I do not agree with Calvinism at all, this is the one doctrine they have right, and Armenianists have wrong. You cannot lose your salvation.
Free Will Baptists have this one thing wrong, and it’s central to their doctrine. Should they ever get it cleared up, so much stress will finally fall away from them.