Hebrews 6:4-6

Hebrews 6:4-6

Hebrews 6:4-6

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Last week I concluded my teaching on how impossible it is for a born again Christian to lose his salvation and end up in hell then asked the question about Hebrews 6:4-6? I promised to dissect it verse by verse. Now let’s do this…

HEBREWS 6:4-6

Can a person who has been saved lose his salvation?  This question has been a perplexing one to many Christians. But the simple answer to that question is an emphatic NO!  But don’t just take my word for it, let’s see scriptures.
Look at it this way, if you say you could lose your salvation, would that not mean that keeping your salvation in the first place depended upon your efforts or actions?  In other words, a person who says that he can lose his salvation for whatever reason is in reality saying that he is trusting in human works to save him.  Let’s look at Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.”  Salvation is not of works; it is a gift that you received by faith. So, whoever is trusting in his works is not and will never be saved.  What am I saying?  Plainly stated: a person who says he can lose his salvation is simply not saved or he is thoroughly confused and lacks the assurance of salvation or worse still, has chosen to wallow in abysmal ignorance.

If you are not saved forever, then you are not saved at all.  Let me say it again.  If you are not saved forever, then you are not saved at all. Q.E.D. (quod erat demonstrandum,).
Let me share this with you. Have you ever noticed how a lot of Bible commentaries skip difficult passages?  It can be very frustrating because usually a person buys a bible commentary to help them understand a difficult passage.  Well, Hebrews 6:4-6 falls into that category.  Many times people skip over or ignore Hebrews 6 because it appears difficult to understand. But you can trust the Holy Ghost to help you understand it. You are instructed by the scriptures to Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Timothy 2:15
Most often Hebrews 6:4-6 is misinterpreted to teach that a born again Christian can be lost after they have been saved.  To teach that a saved person could be lost would mean that you would contradict many clear passages that say the exact opposite.
A good guiding rule to remember when interpreting difficult passages in the scriptures is as follows: Whenever you have a passage that is difficult to understand you never allow it to contradict a clear passage on the subject.  In other words, you should interpret a difficult passage in the light of a clear and simple one.
Again, you should never contradict a “verily, verily” verse.  For example, Jesus said in John 6:47, Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”  When Jesus said “verily, verily”, He was saying “truthfully, truthfully”.  Why?  Did Jesus ever lie?  The answer again is an emphatic NO!  Jesus did not and could not lie because He is God.  Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie.  Jesus was simply saying, “This is a truth you must not deny.”

 

In the parable of the sower Jesus said “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23

 

The verses above bring out about four categories of people who heard and received the word but on different platforms. Those platforms led to the different results they experienced. But the guy who had it grounded on good ground produced results.

 

God made salvation so very simple so that “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” John 3:36 No man will have any excuse for not believing. It is a simple task even for the simple mind. In John 6:47 we have a truth so important that if a person misses this truth he or she will go to hell for all eternity.  The secret of eternal life is NO secret at all.  Jesus said plainly, “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”  The only condition to this offer of EVERLASTING LIFE (NOT TEMPORARY LIFE) is BELIEF, Just Believe (TRUSTING IN CHRIST). God never said to understand it. He said BELIEVE

Don’t ever contradict a clear verse like this one.  With this in mind, now let’s look at Hebrews 6:4-6.

”For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

Notice that the passage is talking about those who are saved.  There are five things said about them that demonstrate this truth:
First, “Those who were once enlightened…” refers to a saved person or one who has seen “the light” of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The same word “enlightened” is translated “illuminated” in Hebrews 10:32 and speaks of a saved individual.
Second, “tasted of the heavenly gift” refers to salvation. The word “tasted” is used in Hebrews 2:9 saying Christ “tasted death for every man.”  We tasted of the heavenly gift in the same way Christ tasted death–that is, fully and completely. Romans 6:23 says, “The gift of God is eternal life.”  Ephesians 2:8 says that salvation “…is the gift of God.”  This gift is eternal. Once received it is for eternity. For scripture says that “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:29 God never takes back whatever He gives you.

Third, we’re made “partakers of the Holy Ghost.”  The scripture teaches in Romans 8:9, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  In other words, if you don’t have the Holy Spirit you are not saved.  The moment a person trusts Christ as Savior he or she partakes of the Holy Spirit.  If you do not have the Holy Spirit, then you are unsaved.

Those Hebrew verses could not be referring to the truly born again Christian for there are so many other scriptures that say different. Like I wrote last week, use the simple scriptures the Lord spoke to interpret whatever appears difficult to understand. Jesus simply said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that HEARETH my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24. The two key words there are HEARETH and BELIEVETH, why complicate a very simple process and add more?

The parable of the sower perfectly illustrates the different categories of professing Christians. They all heard the word believed it to an extent but received it on different grounds. Only the one that got it on good ground bore fruits that came up with positive results. See Matthew 13:18-23

When we talk of eternal security, some people think we encourage reckless living as a Christian. Thinking no matter what you do, there is no consequence since your salvation is already secured in Christ.

Let me state this categorically, Grace is not a license to sin. Bottom line, It is your license to a second chance and servitude. Not a license to an unsolicited exhibition of laxity to any proportion of a reckless abandon. Now let’s continue…

Fourth, “Tasted the good Word of God.”  The Bible tells us in I Corinthians. 2:14, “But the natural (unsaved) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  Only the saved man can taste of the Word of God.

Fifth, “The powers of the world to come.”  Only the born-again man has experienced the power of God.  Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.”  A person who is born-again has experienced the power of God.

This passage begs the question, How can one be ‘enlightened’ and “fall away?”  It does seem to be speaking of someone losing his salvation right? “If they shall fall away” is not a reference to salvation but to the Christian life!

The key to answering this is discovering who is the “they” and from what have they “fallen away”?

Now, let’s back up to Hebrews 6:1 it tells us that the writer is speaking about things that accompany salvation, maturity in the Christian life and not about how to be saved or keeping your salvation.

There are seven principles of the doctrine of Christ lined out here. It says “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,(1) and of faith toward God, (2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, (3&4 the two baptisms) and of laying on of hands, (5) and of resurrection of the dead, (6) and of eternal judgment.” (7)

 

May I borrow the words of Adam Clerk in his commentary on Hebrews 6:4?

“Before I proceed to explain the different terms in these verses, it is necessary to give my opinion of their design and meaning: 1. I do not consider them as having any reference to any person professing Christianity.  2. They do not belong, nor are they applicable, to backsliders of any kind.  3. They belong to apostates from Christianity; to such as reject the whole Christian system, and its author, the Lord Jesus.  4. And to those of them only who join with the blaspheming Jews, call Christ an impostor, and vindicate his murderers in having crucified him as a malefactor; and thus they render their salvation impossible, by willfully and maliciously rejecting the Lord that bought them.  No man believing in the Lord Jesus as the great sacrifice for sin, and acknowledging Christianity as a Divine revelation, is here intended, though he may have unfortunately backslidden from any degree of the salvation of God.” I believe same with him. Now try and reason with me…

 

If salvation is the “…gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8 and “…the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:29 how in the world will He take back a gift He gave you, when scriptures say He never takes back a gift He gives out?  In fact, Ephesians 1:13-14 declares In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” I said it before, the flesh is the dwelling place of sin NOT your spirit for it was your spirit that got salvation. The flesh is useless to God. That is why nothing changed physically the day you got born again.

 

Well, what is Hebrews 6:6 talking about?  Verse six is simply stating to Hebrew (Jewish) believers who were used to a yearly sacrifice that it was impossible for them to be saved again because “by ONE offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (the believers in Christ)  Hebrews 10:14. Hebrews 6:1 tells us that we cannot “…lay again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.”

But what was the intent of the original author, and how would his readers have understood it then?

“Enlightened” doesn’t always mean “regenerated” or “saved” in the Scriptures. 

In this verse, it is speaking of people who were involved, heavily involved in church. They heard the Gospel, and saw the Spirit working in the life of Believers.  They may have received some of the blessings of being part of a covenant community, and they may have even publicly confessed Christ and have been baptized but they never had a saving knowledge of Christ. That is very possible.

Another key word in understanding who is being described here is the word tasted. They only “tasted” or “sampled” Christ.  They were never truly converted to faith in Him.

Like a brother rightly said, “a good analogy would be the difference between marrying someone and just going out on a few dates with them.”  A person can learn things about Christ and thereby come to admire Him, and they may enjoy being part of a fellowship but have no real lasting commitment to Him.  This is not the same thing as the repentance and faith by which a person is joined to Christ.

This happens often. You find people who have been in church for many years, been involved in many things, never missed a service, take on the title of “Bishop or deacon” even speak in “tongues” yet are not saved.  They’ve been “enlightened” by seeing God at work, but only just “tasted” what was going on, never really being a part of it.  They most likely would have even partaken of the Lord’s Supper, as the wording in the passage suggests.  But they were never really saved.  To sort of paraphrase Scripture like a brother says, they were “in the church, but not of the Church.”

So to be a member of a church, and be “enlightened” by the life of the Church and seeing God at work, doesn’t guarantee salvation.  Neither does water baptism.  “Enlightened” does not necessarily mean “saved.” Ephesians 1:15-21 uses “enlightenment” differently, but still does not mean “saved”

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saintsCease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come”

The passage is referring to a Christian (identified as such in verse 15), but it is a prayer that God would grant them wisdom (verse 16-17), and once they are given that wisdom they would then be in a state of “being enlightened” (verse 18) regarding their calling.  So, again, the term “enlightened” is not necessarily synonymous with being saved.

In both of these cases, the Greek word for “enlightenment” is the same photizo, it refers to doctrinal knowledge.  While we need doctrine for salvation, we cannot be saved by a doctrinal understanding. It has to be faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. We have to be “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… Hebrews 12:2

He begins the work of salvation in you and finishes the same. Your part is to earn rewards in between. And in regard to the word “partake” metakhos, Hebrews 3:14 sheds further light on the matter: “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end” It is not by a believer’s holding fast that they make themselves a partaker, but if they have truly partaken of Christ they will indeed hold fast.  One has to be a believer in order to hold fast, to not fall away. It’s like “hand in gloves” Jesus said plainly, “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”  The only condition to this offer of EVERLASTING LIFE” (NOT TEMPORARY LIFE) is BELIEF; Just Believe (TRUSTING IN CHRIST). God never said to understand it. He said BELIEVE. If you believe, you will hold fast. Just like in the parable of the sower. All the hearers heard but it fell unto different grounds. But that which fell on good ground produced good results. A truly born again Christian is the guy with the good ground. He cannot miss it.

 

Now the question is, if the “they” is someone who has “tasted” of the Church, has seen what has been going on and seen God at work, has been “in the church, but not of the Church” what exactly have they “fallen away” from that they can’t be renewed again to repentance?” And doesn’t that imply that they were originally brought to repentance?

John Calvin addressed this problem of “falling away” in his book titled ‘Institutes of the Christian Religion.’  Saying that, “experience shows that the reprobate is sometimes affected in a way so similar to the Elect.”  In fact, they can “truly feel the efficacy of the Gospel,” and there is no reason why the Lord could not allow the reprobates “some taste of His grace,” or “irradiate their minds with some sparks of His light.”  However, this is only what is called a “temporary faith.”  Calvin writes further, “Not that they truly perceive the power of spiritual grace and the sure light of faith; but the Lord — the better to convict them, and leave them without excuse — instills into their minds such a sense of His goodness as can be felt without the Spirit of adoption.”  Calvin states that the unsaved person in this situation lays hold to the “shadow” instead of the “substance.”

In the part one of this topic, I explained that the category of people in the parable of the sower Matt 13:18-23 who fell away were given just enough repentance in that they became members of the Visible Church, which is comprised of both wheat and chaff.  Not everyone who sits next to you in church has experienced salvation through faith.

That’s what they have “fallen away” from -the Visible Church, not salvation.

Salvation is final, as it is A GIFT from the Lord God.  Once you have been adopted into God’s family, He does not let you go.  Jesus stated:  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand John 10:27-28

Once we are saved, we have an eternal security, and that is final.

There is also a kind of falling away that is final though. You have to keep in mind that this is not just a simple falling away or backsliding, where the person just stops going to church, but a situation in which a person fully renounces Christ.  Everything Christ now becomes anathema to him. He now becomes the opposite of what he used to be. Once he falls away, and puts the things of Christ completely behind him, he simply won’t ever be gifted with any degree of repentance again.  That means he belonged to any of the first four described in the parable of the sower that fell on bad ground.

Anyone who makes such a decision was never a member of the Invisible ChurchLike I said in my write up titled “Paid In Full” God is not a lier. When Jesus said He would say “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23 He would not be lying, He just cannot lie. He never knew him. He was never registered with the Lord.

This does not mean that those who stray for a period cannot be restored.  Those who got the word on good ground cannot completely fall away, they cannot hold the Son of God up to contempt, they can be restored to repentance.  A sinner who has genuine sorrow over sin shows that the Holy Spirit is still working in his heart and is not forever lost.  But those who have indeed fallen away completely are impossible to restore, and God will not permit those who have committed such apostasy to come to repentance.

Check out 1 John 2:19.  It says, They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would (definitely) have continued with us: but (they went out), that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (from the beginning)

1 John 2:18 This is John telling us that many antichrists have arisen, and then in v. 19 he says that they were not from us.  Now, some people say this verse does not prove eternal security because the people who left were antichrists and they naturally would not have stayed.  But, John is not telling us that if the antichrists had been of them they would have stayed with him.  That would make no sense.  The reason the antichrists left was to show they were not of us; that is, of God.  John declares that if these people had “…been of us, they would have continued with us Antichrists cannot remain, only the true believers will. This is a classic example of what Jesus meant when He said in Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

 

This is why I say that those who really are of God will remain, and those who are not will leave.  It does not say that Christians become antichrists or that Christians lose their salvation.  It differentiates between those who are true and false, and states that the false will leave and the true will stay.

 

Again, does this not buttress the idea of predestination? To predestine means that God has foreordained, chosen to bring about or has decided to accomplish a thing. Like you know, whatever God establishes no man can change.  In Ephesians. 1:4-5 we find that God “…hath chosen us in him (you did not choose yourself God chose you) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will...”

Ephesians 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”

Ephesians 1:13-14  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, YE WERE SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

 

Did you notice that? The verse says “…YOU WERE SEALED WIITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE…” Nothing and no one can change or break that seal. It is stated in 1 John 3:9 that “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

 

I have explained that scripture before in one of my write ups. When it says “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…” it can’t mean that literally, because even you can testify to the fact that it cannot be so. I am almost too sure that since you got born again you definitely must have messed up at one time or the other and possibly still do. I don’t care how small you may deem it, sin is sin. The sin of commission or omission. In thoughts words and in deed. But does that mean you are not a child of God? Definitely not. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, you are born again. You are God’s property.

 

The phrase “Doth no sin” is the Greek phrase hamartian ou poiei. It is in the linear present active indicative as in 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” simply put, that means a repetitive action along the same line. In this case possibly a habit of sin. But the thing is, the child of God does not have the habit of sin. His seed, God’s seed sperma autou. That is where the English word “sperm” comes from. Which is a seed sown for life, God’s seed, the divine principle of life.

 

In simple terms, that verse means that he that is born of God DOES NOT make sin a habit. Why is that? Because “…HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM…” that seed that got you born again remains in you, it never leaves you, for life. That seed brings us back when we sin and our fellowship with God is broken. As for your relationship as a son of God, there is nothing you can do to break it. Just like there is nothing you can do to change the fact that your biological father’s blood flows in your veins. You were born with it.

Scripture tells us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 when that happens, fellowship is restored but the relationship remains unshaken. Its that seed in us that nudges us towards repentance. And what seed am I talking about? The seed that got us born again, the word of God. We “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23 I can never over emphasize that.

 

If the scriptures say the seed that got us born again is incorruptible and REMAINS IN US and it is for ever, how is it possible that our sin can change scriptures and corrupt the seed of God that is INCORRUPTIBLE to the extent that the child of God that He sealed away to protect till the last day Ephesians. 1:14 now becomes a candidate for hell? That is in the least preposterous, the zenith of absurdity.

 

Please try and ride with me on this one. If God, who knows all things from eternity “past”, knows those who are His, knows whom He has chosen before the foundations of the world, Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” and knows those He has given to the Son, can they really be lost? If so, would that not mean that God, who has foreordained whatsoever shall come to pass (predestined), has ordained that He would lose some of those whom He had chosen and called from eternity just so He can lose them? That makes no sense.

God is God. He knows the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:10. Why would He say “…he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” Ephesians 1:4 then somehow. His choice now slips away from Him?

Jesus declared saying My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29

Like I said, God is God. No man can query Him. If He wanted it that way He would have said so. When He hardened Pharaoh’s heart He said so in Romans 9:17 “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” That was how He wanted it and He said so.

 

God is powerful enough, or knowledgeable enough to ensure that the ones whom He had chosen for salvation remain there preserved till the last day. 1 Peter 1:4-5 says that Jesus brought us “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR YOU, (In other words, nothing can reach it here on earth talk less of corruption) WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD (Not by any man’s power) through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Would you say then that God makes mistakes? And makes bad choices in choosing people (He did not know will kick against Him in the end, yet He is omniscience? That is very laughable)

 

I say that “…because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” 2 Thessalonians. 2:13 God did the choosing.

You should know that God’s weakness (if there is any such thing) far surpasses our most intelligent and most brilliant genius’ mind. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; (not temporary life) and THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and NO MAN (the Greek word is oudeiv or oudeis, pronounced oo-dice’ meaningnot even one man, woman or thing) IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND. John 10:27-28

 

In wrapping this up, I want to state that I am not aware of any convincing arguments that can refute my understanding of the following scriptures John 6:37-40 All that the Father giveth me(Not some) shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 10:27-28

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” and 1 John 2:19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

 

If other scriptures exist, I do not know but I am open to examine them and be corrected for I desire to represent God’s Word properly.

Remember I talked about the parable of the sower and the different groups of people that heard the same words and experienced the same things but had the word sown on different grounds? The above scriptures inform my conclusions on this matter.

 

As much as I stand on this side of the divide, I cannot condemn those who believe deferent. The scripture says “…Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind Romans 14:5b. For me, the bottom line is that I say to every Christian “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Christians on both sides of this belief must be gracious to each other. We most often misrepresent each other’s position. As Christians we must learn to be gracious to one another as in Romans 14:1-13. “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.”

“Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. Romans 14:3-13

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8 a lot of what is going on in the church is mostly ignorance of the word. And most of us are guilty of it. The most important things revolve around the person of Christ and his work, not our faithfulness, goodness nor our ability to maintain ourselves. Instead, we must keep our eyes focused on Christ and his accomplishment and rest in him.

 

I believe no one has everything perfectly understood regarding this topic. Like Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” Therefore, the best we can do is be faithful to God according to the understanding we have, treat fellow Christians with love and grace, and do not mislead others either into a license to sin in the name of grace, (Grace is meant for a second chance and service) or inadvertently advocate keeping our salvation by being good. Each position has its strengths and weaknesses, and if I understand the human depravity properly I know that it doesn’t take much for us to use the grace of God for evil no matter the position we hold. So, let us be careful when judging others.

I close by sharing this quote from a brother The devil knows your name but calls you by your sin, God knows your sin but calls you by your name.

 

Amen.

 

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