Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ
September 19, 2013
If you stared death in the face today, can you be confident that you are saved and have a home in heaven? The bible clearly teaches that a Christian can fall away and be lost. Christians tried to be saved by keeping the law of Moses (Gal. 5:3-4). In so doing they are severed from Christ and fallen from grace. We can be cut off from the vine, which is Christ, and cast into the fire of condemnation, if we are unfruitful (John 15). Should knowing that we can fall away and be lost interfere with our confidence of being saved? The answer is frankly, no.
How can these seemingly contradictory concepts be balanced out? The answer is quite simply, we can know by the scriptures, which side of the fence we are on. Are you living a righteous Christian life, loving God and keeping his commandment, thus abiding in his love? (John 15:10) Do you know God and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, his Son? In so doing you avoid the retribution to be meted out by God on those who do not know him and obey not the gospel of Jesus (II Thes. 1:8). If you love the world, then the love of the Father is not in you (I John 2:15-17). You cannot serve two masters, you are either a faithful child of God, or you are living a worldly life and serving Satan. You can know exactly which side of the fence you are on, as we all can.
God has always put conditions on his dealings with man. Adam and Eve could live in perfect harmony with God in the paradise of Eden, but only “if” they did not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:15-17). God also says, “if” you keep my commandments, you know me. “If” you love your brother, you will have no occasion to stumble. “If” we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. “If” we walk in the light, Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin (I John Chapters 1 and 2 ) “If” we love our neighbors as ourselves, we do well. “If” we bridle our tongue, we offend not in word and being complete, control our body also . “If” we show our faith by our works, our faith is not dead and we are justified. “If” we are doers of the word and not hearers only, we will be blessed. “If” we endure temptation, we will receive the crown of life that God has promised to all who love him (James Chapters 1and 2).
We can know we are saved by living our lives in Jesus Christ and believing what God has promised (I John 5:10-13). We are promised that our joy will be complete, if we have fellowship with God, Christ, and the apostles through the gospel (I John 1:3-4). We are given a list of virtues to add to our faith after we have escaped this sinful world through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:5-10). God promises that if we do these things we shall never fall. When we have fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished our course, we can know there is a crown of righteousness laid up for us on that day of the Lord’s appearing to judge the world with righteous judgment (II Tim. 4:7-8). We should have the utmost confidence that we are saved if we keep his commandments and continually walk in the light with our Lord. “Let that therefore abide in you which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (I John 2:24,25). Why should we not believe Him?
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455, if no answer, leave a message, I will call you back.