Assurance?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Heb 6; Pro 11:7

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Hebrews 6:4-6
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

REFLECT
This could be one of the toughest verses in the Bible to accept and comprehend! Isn’t the grace of God sufficient and powerful for all things? Didn’t God say that one should forgive seventy times seven times? Then why can’t a Christian who fall away be restored to salvation? For me, these verses are actually an assurance. An assurance that if we have tasted the goodness of God, we will NOT fall away. Yes, even in times of weakness, God will hold on to us, if we allow Him to. There is no good reason for us to want something else, unless we have decided to become our own god.

RELATE
Someone once said that hell is like one who closes the door at God and locks it from the inside. God will not force Himself in, because He has given us freedom to choose. But why would we want to close the door at God, unless we want to become the devil? No, we must not live our Christian life worried about our salvation every day. Our eternity does not hang on a thread, but on the Cross of Christ. If there is a warning in these verses, it is for those who do not (even try to) live out the Christian life. As the next two verses (7-8) tells us, a good tree cannot bear bad fruit persistently.

REST
Lord, grant me the peace of salvation, and the passion for life!

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Day 314

by Rev Joel Yong

Colossians 2:20-23
If you have died with Christ to the world’s way of doing things, why do you let others tell you how to live? It’s as though you were still under the world’s influence. People will tell you, “Don’t handle this! Don’t taste or touch that!” All of these things deal with objects that are only used up anyway. These things look like wisdom with their self-imposed worship, false humility, and harsh treatment of the body. But they have no value for holding back the constant desires of your corrupt nature.

“Why do you let others tell you how to live?”
That is the question the apostle poses to us.

We belong not to these voices.
We belong to Christ.

In baptism, we became His.
So the rules that were being imposed, by various false teachers in the community, on the Colossians about circumcision and “unclean” food- should not be adhered to. The Colossian church belongs to Christ and He is its Master and Savior who set it free.

These man-made rules about physical observances had no power to transform them spiritually at all.
Physical rituals and observances must embody a deeper spiritual truth or remind us of a belief we hold to- to have any significance beyond the act itself.

Circumcision and special diets no longer served any purpose in the light of Jesus’ coming and death and resurrection.

Good reminder today- about whose we are and how this identity transforms what we do.