There are many in the religious world who believe and teach that once a person is saved, there is nothing he can do that will cause him to be lost. Consider, however, the words of the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you . Whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Here Paul told the church in Galatia that if they tried to live under the law of Moses, they would fall from grace. The old law had been fulfilled and had been taken out of the way, having been nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14).
Many today fail to rightly divide the Word of God, continuing to try to live under part of the Old Law. We must realize that the Old Law is good to study and that it will
help us to understand the New Testament, but the Old Law is no longer id effect. We must live under the Law of Christ, the New Testament.
Those who believe they cannot fall from grace are deceiving themselves, and this is a dangerous way to live. We must spend each day living according to the Word of God, always praying to God and seeking His forgiveness. The following Scriptures bear this out: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12), and “…For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Even Paul was concerned personally about falling from grace: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (I Corinthians 9:27). We must always be alert so that sin will not slip in and take over in our lives.
In 2 Peter 2:21-22 we see that we can fall from grace after we have known the way of righteousness: “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb; the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” Those who truly study the Word of God with understanding cannot help but realize that it is possible to fall from grace and that those who do not repent of sin in their lives will be lost.
On June 5, 2015, I thought I had my day
planned. I got up that morning, ate breakfast,
and thought about the work I was going to do
that day. But my plans changed when I began
to have severe chest pains and was rushed to
the local hospital. They kept giving me nitro
pills but they wouldn’t relieve the pain. The
doctor determined that I was having a heart
attack and told me the helicopter was on the
way. I was quickly loaded and rushed to Lexington.
Many things rushed through my mind on
that 14-minute trip in the helicopter. I had not
planned for June 5th to be my last day on
earth; I thought I was dying. I could not get relief
from the pain. Then I thought about Jesus
hanging on the cross. He couldn’t get any relief
from His pain. Jesus suffered a cruel death on
the cross so that we may have forgiveness of
our sins and some day be in heaven with Him.
When I arrived, the doctors were waiting to
do a heart cath. They quickly, without anesthesia,
put a stent into my artery to get blood to
the back of my heart. This immediately relieved
the pain and saved my life. By the time
my family got to the hospital, the procedure
was finished and I was in a room. I thought of
James 4:14, “What do you know about tomorrow?
How can you be so sure about your
life? It is nothing more than mist that appears
for only a little while before it disappears.”
I was thankful to be alive. It became
very real to me that day that life is short and
there is no guarantee of tomorrow. We need to
make sure we have our lives right at all times
and be ready to meet God.
Are you prepared to meet the LORD?
Most everyone wants to be happy. Men
burn up their energies in working long hours
and traveling great distances in their quest for
happiness. Yes, man will go to almost any extreme
to make himself happy.
But how many think about the happiness of
others? How many of us are interested in
making others happy? In our efforts to make
others happy, it may be that we will find that
happiness for which we are searching.
How many people are endeavoring to make God happy? Is
it not reasonable to think that the creature would seek to
make the Creator happy? Would you not like to be one who
brings joy to his Maker? It is possible for us to make God
The Psalmist said: “The lord taketh pleasure in them that
fear Him, in those that hope in his mercy.” To take pleasure in
a person is to find joy in that person or to be made happy because
of that individual. God is made happy because of them
that fear Him and hope in his mercy. When one fears God and
hopes in his promises, he is contributing to the happiness of
Fear of Jehovah is the prime duty of man. “Let us hear the
conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13.
(Psa. 89:17). Paul urged: “Work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12). And the Holy Spirit says, “Let
us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear” (Heb. 12:28). The Almighty smiles on
that person who has reverence, respect and godly fear of Him.
Hope in the promises of God is likewise pleasing unto Him.
In order to come to God we must have confidence and trust in
Him and His Word, believing that “He is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
Paul calls the hope of a Christian “good” and “blessed” (2
Thess. 2:16; Tit. 2:13).Further we are told that hope is “an anchor
of the soul, sure and steadfast” (Heb. 6:19).
God takes pleasure in them that hope in His mercy for;
“every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth Himself, even
as He is pure”(1 John 3:3).
May we each strive to make God happy by fearing Him and
hoping in His Word.
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