“If ye continue in the faith”
Why do you think he put an “if” at the beginning of this thought?
“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”
If we continue, means we might not continue. If we aren’t continuing, it means we once were.
So once saved “Is Not,” always saved.
It is by far more fearful, (for me), to think I might not be truly saved, then knowing I have the free will to turn my back and leave God.
If the prodigal son had stayed away, he would have been a son who was lost. Not because God rejected him, but that he had rejected the rights and privileges of His rank. (A son, of the King).
We must become: “grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,”
To become grounded and settled, is to dig down to the solid rock and building a firm foundation, (read, memorize, meditate, understand, believe and act on the Word), then we can withstand, the storms and trials of life.
We will: “not moved away from the hope of the gospel,”
• Do not practice sin, believing you are ok, because you are saved.
• Do not believe you cannot sin, because you are saved.
• Do not think you need not repent, to return to God.
The Lord went to find the lost sheep. The son who walked away, had to return of his own free will.
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