for if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.
anyone who has set aside the law of moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled
under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the
covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of
for we know Him who said, “vengeance is mine, i will repay” and again, “the Lord will judge His people.”
it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
at what point do you realize that you’re not one of the saints?
how do you know if you’re eternally blessed, or eternally damned?
how do you know if God loves you, or if He hates you?
i’m trying to figure out what it means to be saved.
i’m trying to understand what it means to persevere.
i’m beginning to think persevering is about real things.
things like not willfully sinning.
and loving God.
but at what point do you just say,
i’m not persevering.
i’m not loving God.
i’m sinning. willfully. boldly. unapologetically.
and i don’t care.
most days i love my sin more than i love God.
if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
we are called to a fight against sin. a fight to the death.
and if we’re not fighting our sins with everything in us, bringing everything to bear, we’re not persevering.
if you’re not fighting against lust, you’re going to hell.
if you’re not fighting against gluttony, you’re going to hell.
if you’re not fighting against lying, you’re going to hell.
if you’re not fighting against coveting, you’re going to hell.
if you’re not fighting against sin, you’re going to hell.
for this very reason, earnestly bringing everything to bear, in your
faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control,
perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your
godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
are you waving your justification as a badge like the pharisees
waved their circumcision and lineage? using it as they did to justify
your lack of love, mercy and justice? to justify your sin?
are you sinning with a bold hand, screaming, “i am justified–it doesn’t matter what I do?”
are you shocked or angry if i say, “if you don’t fight sin with everything in you, you will go to hell?”
therefore, brethren, be all the more
diligent to make your calling and election sure; for as long as you
practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the
entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
will be abundantly supplied to you.
let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
i’m ready to hold fast, without wavering.
i’m ready to be dilligent in making my calling and election sure.
i’m ready to earnestly bring everything to bear.
i’m ready to tear out my eye.
i’m ready to fight.
i’m ready to persevere.
but we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
he alone is faithful.