There is a reason for a Christian’s divergence from the straight and narrow course given to all in His word, the Holy Bible. It is because of a refusal to obey His words where he says to those which believed on Him, “…if ye continue in my word…” (John 8:31) If we, as believers in Him–Christ Jesus–continue in His word then we are His disciples and then we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free (John 8:32). Otherwise, we will spend much of our time serving the flesh and at the same time, sticking to our skewed (but don’t know it), man-made doctrines causing us to denounce those who do love Him, obey His commandments and possesses the truth.
Observational question: How can we be made free by the truth when we cannot even obey the first two commandments: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37) And “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:39)
Observational statement: Skewed teachings (teachings that lead away away from the course given by God) are perpetuated by those who are found wanting.
There are so many scriptures admonishing us to “continue” (John 8:31, John 15:9, Acts 13:43, Acts 14:22, Romans 11:22, Galatians 2:5, Colossians 1:23, 1st Timothy 2:15, 1st Timothy 4:16, 2nd Timothy 3:14, Hebrews 13:1, 1st John 2:24), to be “steadfast” (1st Corinthians 7:37, 1st Corinthians 15:58, Hebrews 3:14, 1st Peter 5:9) and to “hold” on (Luke 16:13, 1st Thessalonians 5:21, 2nd Thessalonians 2:15, 1st Timothy 6:12, 2nd Timothy 1:13, Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 10:23, Revelation 2:25, Revelation 3:3 and Revelation 3:11) .
Do we love Him?
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”(Matthew 10:22)
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)
“…I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (James 2:18) “… Faith without works is dead…” (James 2:26)
When we are freely justified by His grace and by His blood (Romans 3:24 and Romans 5:9), why then is it necessary for us to be reminded, admonished and warned to continue in and hold fast to that which has been freely given to us, as true born-again believers? Is it not possible to be led away with the error of the wicked and fall from our stedfastness? Read 2nd Peter 3:17 for God’s answer. Can we not possibly fall away once we have believed on Jesus Christ? Luke 8:13, 14 says we can and even tells us how it happens.
Straying from the truth of His Holy Word or never taking care to know Him in all of His righteousness is a choice derived from deception. Let us make sure that Luke 8:15 defines us:
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1st Corinthians 6:20