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Marvelous Grace To Keep Us From Falling

The following commentary is a continuation from the article, "False Teachings Regarding the Eternal Security of Continually Sinning Christians. The question the writer is addressing is this: Can a Christian who continually sins against God lose their salvation?

The writer never wrote about continual sin; he spoke of "acts of sinful indulgence" which is of course serious and needs to be dealt with in sincere repentance and a renewed walking in the light (see 1 John 1:7) so that the blood of Jesus will continue to cleanse us of all sin. He also did not explain what believers must do for these acts of sinful indulgence, which is confess them to God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.-1 Jn. 1:9

Consecrated believers do commit acts of sinful indulgence at times. This is what Paul called being "otherwise-minded" rather than pressing on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Paul told us God is faithful to reveal it to us when we are otherwise-minded (sinning) so we may deal with it God's way-which is confessing and forsaking it. God is very involved and caring in the lives of those he has purchased with the blood of his own dear Son, and works mightily in us that we might stand fast in the faith. (See Phil. 9-15)

The writer even made this statement: "He warns them of the misery sin will bring them in this life, but he doesn't strip them of the Holy Spirit and send them headlong into the Pit."-

Lisa's note: Paul did not have the authority to "strip" anyone of the Holy Spirit or send them headlong into the Pit (God has committed all judgment for sin unto the Son) but let's let God have the last word on this.

God made it plain and clear in the book of Hebrews what would happen to a habitually, willfully sinning believer: "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."-Heb. 10:26-27

In the context of these verses, WHO are the adversaries? We find out by continuing to read: "Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."-Heb. 10:29-31

Looking at the passage we can see plainly WHO the adversaries are: those who were washed in the blood of the lamb-they had come to the knowledge of the truth- but whose willful sinning lifestyles caused God to see them as trampling the blood of Jesus and counting the blood covenant of salvation an unholy thing! God considers this to be done despite unto the Spirit of Grace! I believe he is saying that in spite of the Spirit's conviction, this willfully sinning believer quenched and grieved Him to the point of where the Spirit of Grace would no longer call to him...the chance to repent was lost forever, and there was literally no more sacrifice for sin.

It is of no concern how WE as believers, view continued, deliberate sin. God is our judge and HE has the last word on this. God views those who take their salvation lightly-who view the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing-to be adversaries who have nothing to look forward to but judgment and fiery indignation. God says that vengeance belongs to him and that He will judge his people.

When the Holy Spirit is bringing conviction to your heart, please regard him as he is- God. He is God, and we must have "ears to hear" what his spirit is saying to us in the churches in these apostate days. We must regard his conviction as his strong arms of love and care, because it is. The Holy Ghost is reaching out to believers to separate them from the apostasy that is rampant in his church today. He wants to keep you and preserve you blameless unto the day of Christ Jesus.

Won't you submit to him as he ministers to you to keep you from falling? His spirit will not always strive with men, and we don't know how many times he will be affronted until the line of "sinning willfully" has been crossed in his judgment (not ours). Don't cross over that line! No matter what happens, God wants to keep you from falling! God is able to keep you from falling! It is your job to appropriate for yourselves the grace he has available to keep you from falling in the same way you appropriated the grace to be saved.

How is this grace appropriated? You already faith! Hold your faith in a good and pure conscience and you can be sure you will not put your faith away (sin willfully) and have your faith more sacrifice for sins. (See 1 Tim. 1:19)

When you feel the slightest, faintest conviction that something you are involved in is wrong, heed this as coming from the Spirit of Grace (the Holy Ghost) who is doing his best to work his grace in your life. Ask him to search you and try you and show you if there is any wicked way in you. He will do this because this is his ministry in keeping you from falling and enabling you to have faith with a good, pure conscience.

We have such a wonderful, wonderful God! "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:" He has given us everything we need to be saved and keep from falling and it is all by his marvelous grace!

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