2 Timothy 2:12-13
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
The colon after “he also will deny us” speaks volumes (but it is silent to the ignorant) – it means verse 13 goes on to clarify it – if we as believers stop believing and lose the faith – it is the same as denying Him (Christ) – therefore He will deny us in our heresy, but since we are saved and sealed unto the day of redemption and He live in us – there is no way He can deny Himself.
A colon precedes an explanation, or an enumeration or list.
Hence the reason saved people (in this current dispensation) will enter heaven in the following way :
1 Corinthians 3:15 :
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
All your bad works – wood, hay and stubble will be burnt up and you will have nothing to show as a member of the body of Christ – therefore you will receive no rewards.
1 Corinthians 3:12-13
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
A believer in this current dispensation can turn bad – by falling into unbelief, doing bad works, not preaching the gospel and getting souls saved, not edifying the saints, and also by never maturing spiritually, all in all – by acting like the pagan he/she once was.
Does it make them unsaved (like they’re on probation)?
Every single saved person is sealed unto the day of redemption as per Ephesians 4:30 – he/she can however grieve the Holy Spirit, yes.
Of course mainline denominationalism thinks that grieving the Holy Spirit means one can lose one’s salvation and conveniently forget about the rest of the verse…….