“There are many passages that teach that men must choose to abide in Christ, remain in the faith, and persevere in holiness to stay saved. And that if one does not continue in these, they will forfeit their salvation. The Bible says,
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13).
The one who will be finally saved is the one who must do the enduring. There are some who do not endure in Christ but have fallen away. “
Matthew 24 is not about us or our time. It was about the generation where there was a transition between covenants, from Law to Grace.
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Notice he said “this generation”? It’s his generation not ours.
That “end” there is referring to end of the old covenant. The early Christians were constantly harassed by their fellow Jews to return to the Law.
Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
The Christians were called to keep the faith and not return to the Law. This is because Jesus warned them that if they return to Jerusalem for the Passover in keeping the Law, then they will destroyed by the Roman invasion.
Thus those who could withstand the temptation to resist these Jews are the ones who endured to the end.
They left for the deserts and mountains of Judea as told by Jesus.
then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
A generation is 40 years. Matthew 24 happened in AD30. The end came in AD70.
The Law totally faded away in AD70 when Jerusalem and the temple was destroyed.
That was the end they had to endure.
That was 2000 years ago. That’s why you are now once saved always saved.