Abide As Required
June 22, 2014
Abiding in God’s presence, abiding in the Vine who is Christ, and coming closer in next to Him in worship and petition, must be done through faith in the Gospel, through the Word of God, through the Spirit, and through the Blood of the Covenant. All of these, plus Christ’s body and His cleansing water, must be flowing through us –which happens as we abide in them proactively. In other words, we must be applying these Gifts we possess while putting the Lord’s commands into practice so that we walk in God’s will without wavering. For only the person who walks in the will of God is eternally secure. (Mt. 7:21 & 12:50 // John 15:6,10 // 2 Peter 3:17 // 1 John 2:17)
When we draw near to God through those Gifts mentioned above, our hearts and bodies are washed so that we can live free of an evil conscience and thus hold faithfully to the pledge we made to follow Christ. (Heb. 10:19-23 // 1 Peter 1:22,23 & 3:21) Through these Gifts we are equipped with everything good to do the Lord’s will. (Heb. 13:20,21) We have no excuse to not be walking in the divine nature with which we have been supplied and which keeps us victorious over the sinful nature and the world. (2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:6-10 & 5:4)
Unfortunately –grievously– most of Christendom preaches that walking in these Gifts is not necessary, even in the face of Scripture’s clear doctrine. For example, in Heb. 10:26,27 we’re told, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the Truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.” Many teach that these two verses do not apply to those who have come in under God’s grace through confession of sin. They say this warning refers only to those who have the knowledge of the Truth but who have not ever come into covenant with Christ.
However, if we look at the word “we” and if we read the whole passage, particularly verses 14-31 of Heb. ch. 10, it can be seen that the warning is directed toward those who have indeed come into covenant with God. It is Covenant people who are being told that to abide in God’s grace is accomplished only by walking in sincerity, faithfulness, and purity toward God’s laws which He has written on our hearts and minds. This passage is warning us that any continuous sin we do is to spurn Christ (v. 29), to “profane the blood of the Covenant by which we have been sanctified” (see same verse), and to “outrage the Spirit of grace.” (See same verse) As 1 John 2:3,4 clarify, it is only by keeping God’s commands that we truly are walking in the Truth. As Jesus Himself says, it is only by keeping His commands that we abide in His love and in Life. (Mt. 19:17 // John 15:10)
Abiding in Christ and in Eternal Life happens only by abiding in the Gospel, the Word, the Spirit, and the Blood of the Covenant. To sin purposefully is to profane these, and to keep sinning is to break one’s pledge to God. It is to show contempt for the Blood, the Covenant, the Spirit, the Word of God, the Gospel, and Christ. How severely do you think a person will be punished who does such a thing? (Heb. 10:29) Very severe! (v. 27,31)
Let all, therefore, who name the name of Christ abide in God’s presence as He requires so that we will not be spewed out. (Rev. 3:16)