Commitment To The Covenant Required

May 5, 2013

Friends,
If a person has come into covenant with God through Christ, then God, because He is faithful, will certainly keep the covenant of love (2 Tim. 2:13) –but only with those who continue wholeheartedly in His way. (v. 12 // 2 Chron. 6:14) To continue in God’s way means to be following Christ, which means to be walking with Christ and obeying His commands, with Him as Lord (Leader). However, if a person turns back from doing this, that person has rebelled against Christ’s Lordship.

To rebel against Christ Whom a person previously acknowledged as Rightful Leader, having vowed submission to and come into covenant with, is a treasonous act, and if it is not genuinely repented of immediately, that person has aroused God’s wrath upon himself. (1 Sam. 12:14,15 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17) He has lifted up his rebel hand against the King who bought him (2 Peter 2:1) with His own blood (Acts 20:28) and has shown contempt for the covenant he and God entered into. (Heb. 10:29) Such a person can only anticipate severe punishment in Hell (v. 26-31 // Luke 12:45-48) unless he quickly and thoroughly repents, asks to be purged of his wickedness, flees all sin, and renounces all rebellious thoughts.

The counterfeit does not teach this. It does not teach that God still demands, as He always has, that men walk in holiness if they desire to walk with Him. (Heb. 12:14) But this is absolutely what the True Gospel teaches. For it declares that everyone who covenants with God is agreeing to submit to God’s commands, to adhere to Christ’s teachings, to obey the leading of His Spirit, and thereby, by doing these continuously, lives in Christ and He in them. (John 8:31 // Rom. 8:4,9 // 1 John 3:24)

Furthermore, the True Gospel teaches that if anyone turns from the Truth by deliberately partaking of sin (Heb. 10:26) or by accepting a false gospel (Gal. 1:6-9) or by falling prey to the thorns (Luke 8:13,14), he has defiled himself, sold his inheritance rights, and is in danger of being rejected forever. (Heb. 12:15-17; see also Matt. 18:32-34 and Heb. 6:4-6 and 2 Peter 2:20-22 & 3:17 and again 1 Cor. 3:16,17 and 2 Tim. 2:12.)

The goal must be reached –completed salvation. (1 Peter 1:9) We must hold on till the end. (Matt. 24:10-13) We must remain in the Truth and not deny Christ by our actions (Titus 1:16) or lack thereof. (Luke 6:46-49) In other words, we must hold to the covenant we’ve made with God, and continue faithfully until the end. That is, if we want to be saved eternally.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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