Summary: I marvel at God’s forgiveness and His unchanging love when I fall – His is a forgiving love that is unconditional and not based upon your performance or your character but rather His holiness and righteous character. As Martin Luther discovered after a f
No Middle Ground
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him; rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving...Colossians 2:6-7"
I marvel at God’s forgiveness and His unchanging love when I fall – His is a forgiving love that is unconditional and not based upon your performance or your character but rather His holiness and righteous character. As Martin Luther discovered after a frustrating life of works based on his own merit: "The just shall live by faith...” Your faith and mine must rest firmly in what Jesus did for you at the Cross -- for there the work was finished and the only foundation laid. To live by faith in Christ’s complete work is what it means to move forward in your life. Faith is the great appropriator of God’s abundant resources for everyday life. But faith must be exercised or it becomes flaccid and it must be tested to prove it trustworthy (Warren Wiersbe).
How sad that many are sitting on God’s precious gold mine without knowing how to dig out the ore. How sad to be so rich in Christ (Col. 2:10) and live like a pauper throughout life...to be a believer but never move forward in your Christian life. In Christian love and truth, please know there is no middle ground in your walk with the Lord. You are either moving forward or sliding backward. This is the problem the writer of Hebrews describes for you in Hebrews 5:12-6:9:
12. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. 6:1. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2. of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3. And this we will do, if God permits. 4. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5. and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6. and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8. but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. 9. But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.