42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
Luke 12:42-46 KJV
The Un-Faithful Servant
Jesus is giving a parable to His disciples about a servant who is faithful and then shares the consequences if that same servant chooses to not be faithful. Why did this servant lose his reward? Jesus says that the SERVANT (Believer) said in his heart, "My Lord is delaying." That SERVANT (Believer) went and committed acts that were sinful or what we would consider a backslidden state. Jesus says, "The Lord of that servant will come unexpectedly and will SEPARATE him and will appoint him with what is due to UNBELIEVERS."
Let's look at verse 46 in some other translations.
46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.
Luke 12:46 ESV
46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he does not know, and will punish him and cut him off and assign his lot with the unfaithful.
Luke 12:46 AMPC
What is the portion, part, lot, or assigned to the Un-Faithful?
8 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.
Revelation 21:8 KJV
Jesus is VERY clear that a Christian MUST be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10 - Matthew 24:13)
Jesus is also clearly saying that a Christian can lose their salvation if they do not choose to remain faithful.
When people come to Jesus they still have FREE WILL! Look at what Jesus says,"But if that servant says in his heart." The servant made a CHOICE in his heart to be unfaithful.
Does Paul agree with Jesus?
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Galatians 6:7-8 KJV
Below is the Greek word Paul used for corruption.
Yes, Paul agrees with Jesus! If the servant that Jesus was talking about made a CHOICE to sow to his flesh he would end up in Hell. We all have the FREE WILL to sow to the flesh or the Spirit.
Let's look at some more Scripture.
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:19 KJV
12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 8:12 ESV
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.22 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 11:17-22 ESV
Brothers and sisters I love y'all. Jesus is very clear in the Scriptures and there is no way around these scriptures. Be faithful to Jesus until death and beware of teachings that bring false comfort. I used to believe in once saved always saved. The words of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John removed that teaching from my heart.
Once saved always saved is a direct contradiction to FREE WILL. Once saved always saved comes from Calvinism teaching which is heresy.
When I came to this knowledge that I could lose my salvation if I do not remain faithful there was a fear that came upon me. This fear is known as the fear of the Lord. I had a fear that if I go against God and His word there is a punishment waiting for me unless I repent. The fear of the Lord is good because it will help to keep us from sinning (Exodus 20:20).
DO NOT look to remove the fear of the Lord. Fear can bring discomfort but where do you get your comfort from? The Holy Spirit. Look at how the early church lived as they walked in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Acts 9:31 KJV
Be obedient to Jesus by obeying His commandments, be faithful until death and you will have eternal life! Rely on the Holy Spirit who is our Helper.
In Matthew 7:23 Jesus will say to those who work iniquity/lawlessness, "I never knew you: depart from me."
Many Christians have misinterpreted this verse thinking that Jesus never really knew these people. But its important to study Jewish culture as the Jewish Rabbi would say to a disobedient disciple, "I never knew you." This disciple was banned from the rabbi. Banishment could be temporary or permanently. This information is listed in cultural study bibles that these words was a common saying of rejection or repudiation.