To Have and to Hold

“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” (1 Timothy 1:19 (KJV)

Those who teach that salvation can be lost use this verse to say that unless we maintain a tight grip on the faith that saved us, we will make shipwreck of the faith and lose our eternal life.

It will help us to read v19 in context.

A Clear Conscience

With the "knowledge of good and evil" man came into the possession of conscience. A sense of blameworthiness smites every man when he commits, or even contemplates committing, evil. This has been so ever since.

Thus the Bible tells us that even the most ungodly and benighted heathen “show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another” (Rom. 2:15).


Part 6 - The Anatomy and Workings of "the Heart"


Definition: "Kardia: 'the heart' (English, 'cardiac,' etc.), the chief organ of physical life ('for the life of the flesh is in the blood,' Lev. 17:11), occupies the most important place in the human system.

By an easy transition the word came to stand for man's entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.