To be completely forthcoming, I write this blog, "To the followers of Christ," because not everyone who thinks they are saved is saved, and as a precaution, I want to catch anyone who may have fallen through the cracks. Even though many profess salvation, our job as disciple-makers is only complete once we see them living for him. Saying a short prayer and receiving baptism doesn't necessarily mean you've changed your life. We must make a complete about-face and leave everything behind we once believed in, and put Jesus first and foremost. He sacrificed everything to make us holy and above reproach, but we must do our part by living for him.
Below is what it says in Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible:
“We can expect the happy end of our faith only when we continue in the faith, and are so far grounded and settled in it as not to be moved from it. We must not draw back unto perdition,but believe unto the saving of the soul. We must be faithful to death, through all trials, that we may receive the crown of life, and receive the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls.”
You must stay strong in your faith in Jesus until the very end.
if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:23
Here are a few other verses to consider: 1 Corinthians 15:58, Hebrews 10:23, Hebrews 10:39, 1 Peter 1:9