Saturday, May 24, 2008

Not a turn you want to make

The passages in Hebrews 6 (see below) are considered by many to be “tough”. This is because it clearly warns professing Christians of the possibility and results of turning away from God. This flies in the face of the “once saved – always saved” teaching. Whether your theology has you interpreting these passages to mean that (1) this proves one’s faith was never genuine or (2) that it demonstrates that someone once saved can lose their salvation, the bottom line is that turning from God in word or deed is disastrous and not an indication of one who will spend eternity with Christ.

Some people argue that our actions don’t matter in relation to our salvation. They say that we can’t do anything to lose our salvation. This passage is one of the many scriptures that debunk that line of thinking. Take another look at verse 8. Our actions matter. How we live matters. Our fruit matters.

Is your life producing fruit that “accompanies salvation” or is it producing “thorns and thistles?” Don’t be fooled, our actions really matter greatly. Therefore, be diligent, do not be lazy, make your hope sure, and imitate those pillars of the faith who have inherited the promise.
4It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. 9Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case—things that accompany salvation. 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. - Hebrews 6:4-12

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