by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Heb 6; Pro 11:7
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
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.
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.
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.
Lord, grant me the peace of salvation, and the passion for life!