The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Future of a Fruitless Field
I read Hebrews 6:4-9 this morning. It reads as follows:
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth herbs useful for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God. But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to cursing; whose end is to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner."
This text terrified me. Mainly because of the besetting sins that have held me many years before and after my conversion. I am reminded of Ray Comforts quote from the Evidence Bible notes:
"If a Christian sins, it is against his will. One who is regenerate falls rather than dives into sin; he resists rather than embraces it. Any dead fish can float downstream. It takes a live one to swim against the flow. Christians still experience temptations and can sometimes fall into sin, but they are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). They have God’s Holy Spirit within them to help them say no to temptation, and to convict their conscience of wrongdoing when they do sin."
I encourage you to check out the link at the top for more information concerning this text. It is a sermon by John Piper dating back to the late 1980's. It was extremely helpful to me. May God's Word encourage you with its promises, and strike fear with its warnings.