May 8, 2011

Monday after the Second Sunday after Easter


Lectionary

Morning – Ps. 49, Ex. 17:8, Heb. 6:1-12
Evening – Ps. 47, 48, Is. 43:8-13, 1 Pet. 3:13

Commentary

Hebrews 6 continues to warn us not to neglect the salvation purchased for us by God in Christ.  The heart of this warning is terrible and frightening, for its message is that those who appear to begin to follow Christ in the life of faith, but stop following Him, will not become followers of Christ again.  “It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance” (Heb. 6:4-6).

I truly hope these verses cause you to fear.  Most people don’t pay much attention to them because they immediately call up all their defensive tactics that tell them once saved always saved, and that such people were never saved in the first place.  That is true, but that is not the point, because they believed they were saved, and they made a start at living the Christian life.  But at some point and for some reason, they quit.  They either found out that they really don’t believe, or they decided they aren’t really willing to live the Christian life.  They were probably quite happy to believe Jesus died for their sins, be baptized, and do a few churchy things as long as it was convenient and easy for them, but when following Christ began to require trusting Him in difficult situations and sacrificing personal goals and desires to live for Him, they simply quit.  Such people will probably continue to convince themselves that they are Christians, but in reality, they are not.  So the “moral of the story” is found in verse 12, “be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

1 comment:

  1. We find these people much like the rich man who came before the Lord Jesus claiming we was a righteous man because he kept the Law. but when asked to take up his cross and follow the Lord, he was found lacking. He could not give up the world and all its pleasures, and therefore truly no follower of Christ. Sadly this is the case for many people today. They believe they are followers of Christ doing good and being righteous, but they are dead inside. They do not have the life that is our Lord Jesus. Many will call His name, but few will be heard.

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