A Voice in the
This month's article, "Holy Spirit," contains a statement, "If a person decides, after knowing God, to willfully turn his back on God and reject Christ, there is no more sacrifice for sins (Heb10:26), because, among other things, the person has "insulted the Spirit of grace."(vs29)
A subscriber to the e-mailing list responded, "I took this passage in your article as a vindication of a person can lose their salvation. A believer can not lose their salvation. It is a promise that God has made. Christ died once for all. So there is only one sacrifice for sin. The iddea here is there is a punishment for the christian. Remember believers will be judged for the things they have done. In this Scripture the implied idea is 'would you want to insult the Spirit of God?'" [sic]
Here at VW we speak much of "pretend christians," wolves in sheeps clothing, deception, false doctrine, false gospels as we "warn night and day with tears" (Acts20:31), giving God's Truth from His Word, the Scriptures. We speak much of the end-time apostasy and the need to be sure one is born again. That they are a true Child of God. If you check out the "Topics Search" feature at the Web Site under the search word "salvation" you will find MANY articles which speak of the subject. And currently we are just about finished with a "mini-Bible college" course on "Soteriology" (doctrine of salvation) at the WebSite and e-mailing list.
False christians, those who have never been saved, or thought they were saved but aren't because they received false teaching, etc. makes up the bulk of the unregenerate. They have never come in "Repentance." (Lk24:47,Acts20:21) But there is also a smaller percentage of those who truly were born again, but have "walked away" for whatever reason. We touched on this in article (022) "Eternally Secure?" Let us expand on this subject with Scriptural examples.
First of all, the respondent is correct. A Believer cannot "lose" their salvation. The work God provided is secure. It is eternal. The term "lose" indicates that something inexplicable "happened to" our salvation. It got "misplaced" and is somehow unstable. And, if salvation were up to us (man), that would most likely be a possibility. But it is not. God originated salvation, sending His Son to die, providing eternal life.(Jn3:16) And the Holy Spirit seals the matter for us.(Eph1:13) Salvation is secure. It is not going anywhere, because God provided it. And God does not change.(Mal3:6) So, for those of you who wonder about me... Yes, I believe in "eternal security."
But, a person can purposely "walk away from" God, deliberately making a conscious choice to do so. Heb 10:26 says, "if we sin WILLFULLY..." After all...we have a prime example, Lucifer. He had it all. He was in God's presence (see article "Treason") in perfection. But he made a conscious choice to rebel. And a third of the angels rebelled with him.
1Cor10:1-12 makes a good study on this subject. Vs1-4, if read alone, would make us think that all of Israel was "saved." They ALL observed Passover and experienced deliverance, ate of the manna and drank of the water (Christ). Were under God's protective cloud/fire. "But with most of them God was not well pleased..."(vs5) This term "well pleased" is the same that God used when He looked upon Jesus, the pure sinless sacrifice.(Mt3:17) In other words, "most of" Israel were not righteous/justified, because of unbelief.(Heb3:19)
They had made a confession, "All that the Lord has spoken, we will do."(Ex20:19,Deut5:27) But immediately, when Moses goes up into the mountain, they break the first commandment by committing idolatry with the calf. They have been "enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift...have tasted the good word of God" and fell away.(Heb6:4-6) And for them throughout 40 years of this kind of "fruits"(Mt7:20), there was no "renewal to repentance."
Lest anybody think this is being taken out of context, let's see other examples. "When a righteous man [justified by God] turns away [turns back] from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live [continue to have life]? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin [condition of sin, being a sinner] which he has committed, because of them he shall die."(Ez18:24)
There are quite a few references to being "blotted from the book." As Moses was pleading for Israel, God said, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book."(Ex32:33) By inference, the person would have, at one time, been "IN" the book. And ultimately Jesus promises, "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Rev 3:5) Again, the implication; the one who is not an overcomer would be "blotted" from the Book of Life.
Jesus speaks of the "cost" of following Him, comparing it to a person beginning to build a building, but not calculating what it takes to finish, and abandoning the project.(Lk14:27-30) Or, the parable of the seed and soils.(Mt13:3-9) You will notice that many of the seeds (1Jn3:9) sprouted; had "life." But for this reason or that, withered away and died. And of course, once the seed thus sprouted dies, it cannot ever be resuscitated again. "It is impossible...to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame."(Heb6:4-6) Because, as rightly stated, "Christ was offered ONCE to bear the sins.."(Heb9:28) "..and there no longer remains [nothing more left] a sacrifice for sins [propitiation for salvation].(10:26)
Considering this, a person can also forget the notion of Saved - Lost - Saved - Lost - Saved again.
This is also more than simply the "judgment seat of Christ."(Rom14:10) Or the confession that erring children make to the Advocate.(1Jn1:7-2:2) Since it states, "there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins"(Heb10:26) for which the children obviously are still under Jesus' blood.(1Jn1:7)
Now, let's go back to the respondent's comment, "in this Scripture (Heb10:29) the implied idea is 'would you want to insult the Spirit of God?'"
No. Actually, what it is saying is, "a person insulting the Holy Spirit is worthy of FAR WORSE JUDGMENT than even those who followed Moses and the Law." The "question" is the imagination of the reader. If judgment under Moses' law was so severe, and they didn't really have a grasp of the Holy Spirit..."just imagine the extent" of judgment for insulting the Holy Spirit knowingly! A person acquainted with the Holy Spirit is approaching intimacy with God's very "essence." "God is spirit.."(Jn4:24)
(As an aside... this is one reason the charismatic "revivals" are SO DANGEROUS! They are playing around with the spiritual to a depth of wickedness not equaled by any other kind of false teaching. They explore the "depths of Satan" (Rev2:24) and label it as being God's Spirit. Jesus will retort, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!(Mt7:23)
Let's not forget the example of Esau! He sold his BIRTHRIGHT. His inheritance. We have not yet "attained to" salvation(Phil3:13,Rom8:23), but it is a securely sealed inheritance. (Eph1:11,13) But Esau walked away from it, and later when he wanted it back, "he was rejected.."(Heb12:17) And these things were written as "examples..for our admonition."(1Cor10:11)
Thus, we are encouraged to "make straight paths...looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God."(Heb12:13-15) "Therefore let him who thinks he stands [firmly, securely established] take heed lest he fall [be thrust down, come under condemnation]."(1Cor10:12) Amen!