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Monday, October 5, 2020

Be Careful Not to Fall

By Edd Sterchi

    It always amazes me how some can claim that it is impossible for a Christian to fall away from the grace of God. Consider these texts from the book of Hebrews:
* Heb. 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
* Heb. 3:12, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God”
* Heb. 4:1, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.”
* Heb. 6:4-6, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift...if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God...”
* Heb. 10:26, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins”
* Heb. 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
* Heb. 12:15, “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled”
* Heb. 12:25, “much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven”
* Heb. 13:9, “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”
And that’s just the book of Hebrews, let alone all the others books of the New Testament (of which there are many, many more passages that relate this truth). The Bible clearly reveals that it is possible to fall away from God’s grace. Knowing that, we should be inspired to remain faithful and active for the Lord. Let us watch our steps and be careful not to fall.
     “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Heb. 10:39).
- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.broadwaychurchofchrist.net/


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