I am on occasion rebuffed by those I have come to love and respect on the WordPress blogosphere. I think I’m considered to be too Armenian in my approach to this path that we have all set out upon onto which we are to follow Jesus. It’s not that I believe that one will lose salvation with one sin, but my concern for the brethren comes from passages like this one from Paul to Timothy where his concern is over contending for the faith.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. (KJV)
Paul considered what he said here to be of great importance. I know that Paul elsewhere calls us the righteousness of God, and so we are, but nonetheless that is a position in Christ worth fighting for, and we are in various places including this one, called upon to do just that. Paul says: “lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses (vs 12b).”
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
Proverbs 25:26 KJV
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 KJV
If our counsel is only from those who tickle our ears a fall is in the making.
We not only fight these battles for ourselves but for those we love. I love you guys and I want to be with you in the kingdom.