26 For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But only a certain fearful looking for judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries of God.
28 Whoever despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.4
29 How much more severe a punishment, do you suppose, will be thought worthy for one who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has acted with spite [contempt] to the Spirit of grace?5 [The false church has made the blood of Jesus an excuse for evil; therefore they have made his blood an unholy thing; and so they trample on the son of God and show contempt for grace. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. For half of Christianity the blood will be disastrous. They would have no laws. The new law became unrighteousness. The covenant of the Lord is a breakage of the people." Those of you who think the blood of Jesus excuses your past, present, and future sins; you have broken the covenant of the Lord, you have made his blood evil and unholy, and you have shown contempt for the Spirit of grace.]
36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will, so that after you may receive the promise . [In order to receive the promised salvation you must endure in waiting, tribulations, suffering, and obedience to crucify your sinful nature. Then you are righteous, permanently freed from sin, translated into His kingdom, and in union with Christ and God.]
39 But we are not of those who draw back [don't endure] to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. [A believer can draw back into perdition before his soul has been saved in ceasing to wait, listen, and obey; or by failing to stay on the inward cross of self-denial until the death of his selfish nature, which requires patience and great endurance. The parable of the sower explains why people draw back failing to produce the fruit of the Spirit.]
|1 Corinthians 9:27|
27 But I keep my body under control, and bring it into subjection; for fear that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.3 [Here Paul completely discredits the false doctrine of the Baptists: "once saved always saved."]
|2 Peter 2:20-22|
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the latter is worse for them than the beginning. [This verse alone destroys the myth of "once saved, always saved."]
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy command delivered to them. [Peter speaks of those who have "known the way of righteousness:" that is they had advanced far enough to be guided by the Lord in everything to do and each and every word to speak; however, they failed to follow the Lord's orders, (they turned from the holy command given to them), and went back into the pleasures and lusts of the world, which overcame them. They failed to endure, and it would be better for them if they had never begun the journey to God.]
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog returns to his own vomit again;" and the sow that was washed returns to her wallowing in the mire.
12 Take heed, brothers, lest there be an evil heart of unbelief in any of you in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called today, lest any of you are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
|2 Corinthians 13:5|
5 Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves. Do you not know yourself, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless you are reprobates [tested, rejected]?2
|1 Timothy 1:19|
19 Holding a firm faith with a good conscience, which some have rejected, making shipwreck of their faith. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Remain faithful to the promises. Be firm, not petulant. Doubt not, faint not, forget not. Accept everything; take offence at nothing; just sit and wait."]
16 Others are the ones like the seed sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy, [There is little-to-no joy when you hear someone read the Bible; but when you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!]
17 But have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time; afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake, they are immediately offended. [Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo a trial of their faith with affliction and persecution. Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world. "By your firm and patient endurance do you [possess] attain the true Life of your souls." Luke 21:19. You must endure to the end when you enter the kingdom while still on the earth. From the Word of the Lord within: "Accept everything; take offence at nothing; just sit and wait. We deliver."]
18 Others are like the seed sown among thorns, who hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
|Ezekiel 18:24,26 |
24 But if the righteous turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be remembered. In his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them he shall die.
26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and dies in it; he shall die for his iniquity that he has done.