They Disobey, Stumble, & Fall

January 9, 2014

Friends,
“They stumble because they disobey the Word.” (1 Peter 2:8) Who does this? Unbelievers. (v. 7) They disobey Christ and His words because they do not believe in Him or His Message. (Same verse) Jesus, who is precious to believers, is not precious to them. (Same verse) Their rejection of Him (because they choose Sin’s rule rather than Righteousness’ rule –Rom. 6:16) makes them actually want to disbelieve and therefore choose to disbelieve. This rebelliousness leads to complete disobedience of Christ’s words, and in so doing, they fall, as all who continue in disobedience are appointed to do. (1 Peter 2:8) In other words, all who disobey the Word will stumble. All who stumble without repenting (fully / totally) will fall –fall from the chance to be saved. (Heb. 4:1) It’s the way God has ordained things, and there is no favoritism. (Rom. 2:11)

Moreover, only those who persistently obey God, doing good so as to attain glory, honor, and immortality, will receive from the Lord eternal life. (Rom. 2:7 // Heb. 5:9) Therefore all those who pursue their own desires, reject the Truth, and obey evil, will receive from the Lord His anger and wrath. (Rom. 2:8) According to what each has done, will God judge each person. (v. 6 // John 5:29 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Rev. 20:11-15)

Let us be careful then. For it is possible, even for those who at one time believed (Luke 8:13), to allow sin’s deceitfulness to harden the heart (Heb. 3:13) so that the person turns away from God (v. 12) and falls from salvation. (John 15:1-10 // Luke 8:13 // 2 Peter 3:17) Those who were delivered out of bondage in Egypt believed and walked the path through the Red Sea; but later they disbelieved, and in so doing, disobeyed (Heb. 3:16-19) and were rejected. (same verses) Let no one be deceived. (1 Cor. 10:12) What they did is written as warnings to us (v. 11) concerning the possibility of our fall! (v. 12 // Heb. 4:11)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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