21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
We don’t hear this warning very often – “…but you must continue to believe…”
It echoes what Jesus said in Matthew 24:13 “The one who endures to the end will be saved.”
I read a story recently about someone who had become a Christian at a young age but had left the church and fallen away from following Jesus. They believed confidently that they were on “good terms” with God because “once saved, always saved, right?”
But these thoughts bring me back to the cross, and all the pain and torture that Jesus went through on my behalf. I think of all my sin and shame that He gladly carried. And not just for me but also the sins of the whole world. What am I saying to Him if I leave His church and stop following Him? I’m hard pressed to think of a greater snub. How can there not be consequences for disowning Him after He has done so much to save me? (See also 2 Timothy 2:11-13)
I don’t know all the in’s and out’s of salvation – God does. He sees the heart. But I know His mercy is huge. I know He remains faithful even if I am faithless. I need to constantly remember what I’ve been given. I am loved. I am washed clean by His blood, and I stand in His presence right now. Why would I ever leave?
Jesus, light a fire in my heart for what you’ve done for me that will never go out!
Written by Boudy Van Noppen