Keith's Comments
Falling Away
Can Christians lose their salvation? Absolutely not! However, there are those who believe that salvation can be forfeited by backsliding into sin, and they usually utilize the following verse to uphold that belief:

"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." (Hebrews 6:6)

That verse is not speaking of the saved, but of the unsaved who are so far fallen that they have no capacity left for repentance. Judas the Apostate sorrowed over his betrayal of Jesus, and his sorrows became despair. There was remorse in his heart, but not repentance. By rejecting Christ those like him place themselves with those who rejected Him and crucified Him because He affirmed that He was the Son of God. These are not Christians who are "overtaken in a fault" (Galatians 6:1), or simply backsliders in sin. They are those who only professed Christianity, but now not only turn away from Christ, but also oppose Him.

We are told not to sin after being saved. But if we do, as a Christian we now have Jesus that speaks to Father on our behalf:

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2)

His children have not only a relationship with God, but also fellowship. If we sin after being saved, we lose our fellowship with Him until repentance, but not our relationship.

What a miserable existence in life for the Christian it would be to believe that there's something YOU could do that your Lord and Savior would cast you off after receiving His free gift of salvation.

So as we celebrate this Christmas season and exchange gifts with family, friends and loved ones, let us who are saved be especially mindful and thankful of that free gift provided by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

"Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Romans 5:18)

There's nothing YOU can do to earn His gift, and there's nothing YOU can do to lose it:

"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" (Hebrews 5:9)

Keith

12-03-2004

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