. . . "Salvation creates a new creature with a direct spiritual connection with the Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16)
If it is possible for a person to lose one’s salvation, Hebrews 6:6 teaches that it is impossible for such a one to be born again, again.
“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 . . if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.”(Hebrews 6:4-6)
Why would “renewing them again unto repentance put Christ to an open shame?” During His Agony in the Garden, Jesus prayed,
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy Name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost. . . Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:12,24)
The open shame is found in the fact that He was unable to keep such a one by His sacrifice, despite the testimony of Scripture:
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:12-14)
The regenerate man whose spiritual eyes have been opened cannot commit spiritual suicide because his spirit is directly indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God.
“Falling away” is defined in the eyes of the beholder, NOT in the eyes of God. God says you already fell away when you decided to buy a comfortable shirt instead of one made of sackcloth.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in it.”
Doesn’t say a word about loving the things of this world in a righteous way. Remember the rich man who went away sorrowful because he had many possessions?
Aren’t you glad you weren’t offered that same choice? Oh, wait. You were. And unless you live under a bridge in a cardboard box, you probably made the same choice the rich young man did.
Except that you are saved by grace through faith, not works, lest any man should boast. Your life is hid with Christ in God. Your life is ‘hid’ in Christ -- when God looks at you, He sees Christ and judges you accordingly.
You aren’t hid in Christ because you are righteous – nobody is. You aren’t even hid in Christ because you try to be righteous. You are hid in Christ because all your works are as filthy rags before the Lord. (Isaiah 64:6)
The sinning Christian loses irreplaceable opportunities to lead others to Christ. (Ephesians 5:14-17) The sinning Christian will suffer loss at the Bema Seat. (1st Corinthians 3:11-13) The sinning Christian will be chastened by the Father. (Hebrews 12)
And the sinning Christian can render himself so useless to the Lord that the Lord will take him home prematurely.
“. . . There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (1st John 5:16)
But what the sinning Christian cannot do is “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” Because “by ONE offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”
Once is enough".
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