One writer on WordPress has said this in his post:
“This post is about people who’ve tasted of the heavenly gift, have understood the gospel, and then want nothing to do with Jesus & the bible, (sometimes while claiming to be a Christian). This sort of sin is the spitting in God’s face].
Imagine this from a personal perspective if you will…”
Lee, then lists many scriptures, which you can read on his post, but I want us to look at one particular-passage he uses, and about which he comments:
“(Notice how once a person has been enlightened to salvation, and then falls away, that they can not be renewed again unto repentance. This is the scenario that I described at the beginning of this post).”
His beginning statement is at the beginning of this post. But here Lee lists the next scripture passage for his proof. Before we get to that, let me ask you to think of just when does salvation begin? What triggers it? Lee states that these persons have been enlightened to salvation, what he does not then say, but what the scripture does say, is that, there was an action that had to have occurred based on this enlightenment. For there was also repentance on the part of this one to which he can never again return, and there had been sanctification involved. Repentance is man’s action based on belief in the gospel; sanctification is God’s response to man’s repentance which involves His separating that one unto Himself. Let’s review the passage.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Following his recording of these verses. Lee interjects
“(Notice the wrath of God that this sin of rejecting Christ brings)”
29 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?
What is interesting here in these verses which Lee uses, is that the only things that a man can do on his own to effect his position with God; is to believe (or not) which is to (either) accept or reject God’s call and then (repent) or turn from the world unto God to be saved, (or) once He is set apart (sanctified) because of that belief, to then turn again from his position of scantificaltion back to the world. And for this act there is no more repentance. Both actions involve accepting or rejecting the blood that Jesus shed which will place them in the new covenant. And in both cases (unbelief) would involve the ultimate rejection of the Holy Spirit, from which there is then no repentance. In either case God because He knows the end of creation from the beginning of creation; thus He had the names of all believers, who are and well be overcomers throughout creation recorded in the book of life. This was done before the foundation of the earth. And even then to some Jesus says:
Revelation 3:5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (NASB)
Why is it that we have such differences?
“some are evangelists some are prophets some speak in tongues.” Each member is knit together into one body. Each plays his or her part. Not all will do everything but each should follow God’s word and our calling as best we can, and exercise the gifts given to us.
God has imputed righteousness to all His saints, including me and including Lee, but there is a theme, or condition recorded in scripture which admonishes — if we continue in the faith. Paul made this clear to us in his teaching. The reason that I need to bring this up is because many today will not say it.
Admonishing believers is not something I like, but, it is what I am called to. There are plenty today who teach the love of God that brought Jesus down to earth of His own free will the first time — to purchase men to follow Him in the way; but few today speak of His coming to Judge every man. They seek for His second coming on the day of the Lord, but:
Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. (KJV)
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (KJV)
And then there is Paul’s message to us when he met with the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20. When we read it we see how he wept over those who would be drawn away. Why should we weep if there is not danger?
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (KJV)
This is what caused Paul to weep, and it is what should cause us to do the same.
Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (KJV)
We can only weep if we understand the magnitude of our calling and our walk.
Praise you Lord Jesus, for taking the sin of the world upon Yourself, and paying for my, (our) sin penalty and granting us eternal life with you forever. For this is Your promise for all who endure in the faith. Amen — abide in Him.