Do we fall from grace when we sin? Are we seesawing between salvation, destruction, saved, lost, in a capricious vacillating process?
At sometime toward the end of our first year into the beginning of our second, we begun the process of learning to walk. Our first steps were a series of uncertain, yet determined efforts to master this fascinating and new mode of transportation. For many it was with the encouragement of parents or loved ones just beyond reach, urging us forward, voices and smiles compelled us, letting us know we were engaged in a worthy endeavor. While this instilled in us faith for success invariably we fell. It was a short distance and we still retained a high degree of rubber in our bones. No big deal. Unless we were unfortunate to be born into a home devoid of love, everything about the experience was positive. We were not scolded and disciplined when our unsteady first attempts ended with us seated on our rears, we were encouraged. God is such a father, a loving parent who desires our success.
In 1st John, 2:1 we find the following, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. Not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” As we progress in our faith we become more knowledgeable and in tune to God’s desire for us, and more confidant in our walk.
Our lives can be challenging at times. Relationships can be difficult. Desires will press in as intrusive thoughts.
Christ loved children, in Matthew, 19:13 he states; “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” and in Matthew, 18:3 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” What is Christ saying here? That we should behave as children? Yes, Partially. What attributes should we emulate that these precious little dependents exhibit? As our children trusted us while learning to walk, for food, warmth, protection, security and love, we should trust him. yet, we must not remain children in our minds, our will or knowledge. We are running now, teaching others to walk. Paul states in 1st Corinthians, 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” We are to grow in knowledge and understanding. To be childlike in faith, not childish. So do we slip in and out of God’s grace?
Romans, 8:38. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So the question is, Are we in “Christ Jesus our Lord?” That is the core of the guarantee. God above has promised that He will not fail us. Yet, it also states that the relationship is premised on us being in Christ. Not all are saved. We must believe, walk with God. “Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked, what ever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” Do we reach for God’s hand continually? Is our faith strong? We must remain on the firm foundation which is Christ. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death”. While God will not walk away, we can. It happens slowly, in small steps as we listen more to our own internal dialog and not the Spirit of God. We grieve the Spirit. Our conscience is seared with a hot iron, and we no longer respond to his loving voice calling us home. As we become greater in self will and self directed, We are directed less by the will of God.
It has been my experience that God is true to His Word. He does not leave us even as we have degraded ourselves. We will make mistakes. God is faithful and has faith in us. We must not lose our faith in Him.
Ezekiel, 18:20-25. The soul who sins is the one who will die. A son will not bear the iniquity of his father, and a father will not bear the iniquity of his son. The righteousness of the righteous man will fall upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked man will fall upon him.
But if the wicked man turns from all the sins he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die. None of the transgressions he has committed will be held against him. Because of the righteousness he has practiced, he will live. Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Lord GOD. Wouldn’t I prefer that he turn from his ways and live?
But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same abominations as the wicked, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness and sin he has committed, he will die. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’
Romans, 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
In John 8:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Here Christ states the condition for salvation. Faith, the belief that God has provided the way, and that way is trusting in Christs work on the cross.
While it is apparent that our Father does not give up on us, we can as the prodigal son, leave home. Some have taught that we have no choice, no voice. They are wrong. More on that here. The deception of Calvin
Matthew, 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!“