Why would anyone who walked with Jesus desire to be cut off from covenant?
Acts 1:20 – For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
John 3:16 is an absolute truth. Whoever “believes in, trusts in, clings to, and relies” on Jesus “shall not perish, come to destruction, or be lost, but shall have eternal, everlasting life.” Sadly, there are some who believe, and even teach others that this wonderful gift of salvation can never be lost. Such teaching and thought, especially as it is set forth by some who teaches that because of grace, sin doesn’t count, is not only erroneous, but carries potential eternal destruction for those who fall prey to it. My friend, be warned. Don’t become the victim of such teaching.
In our Text for Today, we see that Judas Iscariot, one whose name was written in heaven, lost that place of life, fell into destruction, lost his ministry, and died without hope. Of course, Judas Iscariot was not born again. No one could be born again until Jesus was raised from the dead. Still, numerous are the Biblical references to one who has known the Lord, walked with Him, and even been recognized as a holy member of His kingdom, who have ultimately, or ultimately will be lost. Please take the time to read our Manna for Today.
There are also those who want to make it so easy for one who has fallen short of God’s mark to be lost, or cut off from the Lord. This teaching, too, is erroneous. None of us live perfect lives in our daily speech and actions. We all fail at times. But some would have you to believe that each time you fail, you have to be “born again” all over again. Keep in mind that God is not imputing the sins of the sinner against them. The only thing keeping a sinner from heaven is never having made Jesus Lord in their life. However, when a believer sins, there are consequences. Relationship with the Lord is NOT ended, but sin DOES interrupt FELLOWSHIP. And there is where the real danger to a believer being cut of begins. The Scriptures are plain. When a believer sins, he/she MUST confess that sin to the Lord Jesus to be cleansed from that sin and restored to right fellowship with Father (read 1 John 1:9).
I cannot tell you at what point one could be cut off from the Lord, but such IS a possibility. The Scriptures declare and define it. We are commanded to believe it, to proclaim it, and to live our lives in such a manner as to NOT fall into snares which would pull us away from an intimate walk with Jesus. Keep yourself in God’s love (obeying His commandments) by building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).
Manna for Today – Acts 1:12-26; Psalm 69:16-28; 1 Samuel 2 & 4:11; Acts 5:1-11; Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:15-16; Hebrews 6:1-6; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21