Some in the religious world strongly insist that one cannot “lose” his or her eternal salvation: once a child of God, always a child of God, for one cannot stop being someone’s child any more than one can stop being someone’s parent they say.
But the point is spiritually moot because salvation is about relationship, not relation.
If you’re familiar with Jesus’ story of the “far country son” you can see the distinction. The boy who left home was still the father’s son, but to the father, the son was “dead” because there was no relationship: “for this my son
was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:24)
When the child came home it was the relationship that was restored because it was never the birth certificate that went missing – it was the son!
And so it is with an erring child of God. Unless the relationship is restored the “relation” counts for nothing (Matthew 3:9-10). EA
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.…the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Genesis 2:15-17; Luke 3:38)