So, the writer, to the Hebrews urges us to learn from their experience and not to behave as that generation did, with ingratitude and unbelief.
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Instead, we are urged to fear God and to avoid hardening our hearts :. Those are very worrying verses, and should not be brushed aside or ignored. However, we do still need to hold them in balance with the more reassuring words which the writer to the Hebrews goes on to say next. He draws our attention to the fact that although we have to remain faithful to Jesus, He is ready and willing to help us to do so.
He fully sympathises with us in our struggles and is able to give us His grace and mercy:. Now let's look at what apostle Paul has to say on this theme of the need to continue in the faith. It too is sobering:. Colossians NASB. Note how Paul emphasises above the need for us to " continue in the faith ". And he says " if ". He does not assume that this is automatic or that we will inevitably do so.
When writing to Timothy, Paul is even more explicit:. Grace be with you. Now see how Paul refers, in his letter to the Romans, to the nation of Israel. He describes them as an olive tree on which branches are grafted in, or broken off, depending on their own individual faithfulness:.
Romans NASB. In this passage, apostle Paul is writing to the largely Gentile church in Rome. He says that that some of the Jewish people have been " broken off " for their unbelief, i.
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Christians can, likewise, be cut off if they do not continue as they should. Paul's point is that the Jewish people are like a natural olive tree into which we Gentiles have been grafted. So, if even the natural olive branches, the Jews, can be broken off, then so can we be cut off. That is a clear and very disturbing warning to us. In this passage Peter goes further. He says that we are actually worse off if we believe and then fall away then if we had never believed.
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But, when we were unbelievers we were on our way to the Lake of Fire. That must mean, therefore, that a believer who falls away is, likewise, heading for the Lake of Fire. What else can it mean? If it means anything less than that, then Peter's warning would be an inaccurate exaggeration. But we know that that cannot be the case.
Therefore the possibility of our 'turning our backs' on God has to be taken seriously. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live. In the passage above the prophet Ezekiel is saying that it is possible for a righteous man to change his path and become wicked.
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If he does then his previous righteous life will not be remembered. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
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