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11/30/2017

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"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever!"  Amen. (2 Pet.3:18-19).

As the letter of 2nd Peter comes to an end, he finishes it with a final warning and an exhortation. I believe that there is a theology that Peter is warning us about here that many churches have accepted or at least flirted with today. In some circles, it is called "the perseverance of the faith." The more common terminology that you all might know it by is, "once saved, always saved..." It is difficult to read Peter's writings, especially this one, and believe that once a sinner has been saved he or she can never fall from grace. If you look at today's first verse, Peter told Christians to be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.... It is a sober warning for every believer that no Christian has a ticket punched with a non-stop passage to heaven. We are called to live godly lives, worthy of our faith in the Lord...Today's verse says that we have two clear choices; "to be carried away by the error of lawless men," or to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  There is not a third choice, and there is no "status quo" Christianity... Faith either grows or it deteriorates, and for it to grow, it must be fed. A Christian feeds his or her faith by desiring "the pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation..."  (1Pet.1:2). By obeying Christ, one grows in grace and knowledge. Such growth will be to His glory, both now and to the day of eternity...

Have a great day...   Let His light shine through you....    Love                           mark                             Phil.4:11

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