A Serious Misconception

A Serious Misconception

There are people who say once God saves you you can never leave God, and it’s impossible for God to leave you. They say things like, “God is so loving, so kind, He would never abandon any of His children.” Actually that statement by itself is true. But sometimes it is used out of context. Yes, God is truly so loving and merciful that it’s hard for us to fathom just how good He really is.😊 What do we sometimes do to human beings we think are very nice and kind? We take their kindness for weakness or for granted. This happens to God too.

Jude 1:5-6 NET “Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that JESUS, HAVING SAVED THE PEOPLE out of the land of Egypt, LATER DESTROYED THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE. You also know that the angels who did not keep within their proper domain but abandoned their own place of residence, he has kept in eternal chains in utter darkness, locked up for the judgment of the great Day.”

The verse above says that people who were once saved by God were later destroyed by God because of their repeated lack of faith. And angels too left God and are reserved for judgment. In the case of humans though some who will make the case that they were never saved to begin with. But is that what God says:

Ezekiel 33:13 NET “Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered.”

Hebrews 10:26-29 NET “For if we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies. Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT THAT MADE HIM HOLY, and insults the Spirit of grace?”

The above passage says, “THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT THAT MADE HIM HOLY!”😳 The type of person described here was, “MADE HOLY,” by Jesus blood. Does that sound like someone who was never saved to begin with to you?🤔 And finally Jesus said in Revelation:

Revelation 2:4-5 NIV “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”

The lampstand in the book of Revelation represents the churches. (Revelation 1:20) Jesus said if they did not repent and get back the love they had for Him at first that He would remove their lampstand (remove them) from the churches. Does that sound to you like someone who cannot lose their salvation? Our Lord is so loving, merciful and kind, yes He is, so much so that sometimes we take His kindness for granted just as we do with other folks. The Lord desires no one to be destroyed which is why He is always pleading with us to REPENT:

Ezekiel 33:11-16 NET “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! Why should you die, O house of Israel?’ “And you, son of man, say to your people, ‘THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS WILL NOT DELIVER HIM IF HE REBELS. As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness if he sins.’ Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die. Suppose I say to the wicked, ‘You must certainly die,’ but he turns from his sin and does what is just and right. He returns what was taken in pledge, pays back what he has stolen, and follows the statutes that give life, committing no iniquity. He will certainly live – he will not die. None of the sins he has committed will be counted against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.”

Does it get any plainer than the explanation God gave Ezekiel in the passage above? Meditate on these few passages we’ve read. They reveal God’s true personality. The Bible is filled with many passages like these. In them we see God’s tender love, mercy, and His righteous judgment. May we learn to love God with our whole heart, whole mind, whole soul, whole strength, and learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus said by following these two commands we fulfill God’s whole law.😊 (Matthew 22:36-40 Mark 12:29-31)

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