5. “Born Again” Survival Continued

First read my earlier “Born Again” Category blogs in order from 1-5.

Remember we are still human, and we will still sin, but we must try not to, as every time we sin, it hurts God.   When we do sin it is important to tell God we are sorry, and to try not to keep doing the things we know are wrong, so that our fellowship with Him is not broken or spoiled, because He forgives us when we confess to Him our sin.

Jesus taught that if we do not continue to love God and keep His commandments, and remain in communion with Him, we can die again to God and lose our spiritual life again.  Some christians do not believe this, but see “What the Bible says”, in the following passages.

“Heb 6:4  For how can those who abandon their faith be brought back to repent again?  They were once in God’s light; they tasted heaven’s gift and received their share of the Holy Spirit;   Heb 6:5  they knew from experience that God’s word is good, and they had felt the powers of the coming age.  Heb 6:6  And then they abandoned their faith! It is impossible to bring them back to repent again, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame.”   This is really clear here, but it is seen again & again throughout the Bible.
Eg. “Mat 7:22  On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, “We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles  v23  Then I will tell those people clearly, ‘Get away from me, you people who do wrong. I never knew you.”  Clearly they had been followers of Jesus at some stage of their lives.    And again in -:

Mat 13:18 ff  The parable of the sower clearly indicates that many received the seed (the word of God), and began to grow in Christ, but for all sorts of reasons they fell away and died again.

Mat 25 Jesus tells the story of the ten virgins, five were wise and kept in communion with the Lord, the other five were foolish and allowed their relationship with God to lapse, the oil (oil is a symbol in scripture of the Holy Spirit) had been allowed to run out in their lamps. (the lamp is a symbol in scripture of our lives), they were no longer in communion with the Lord, with the result they were locked out from Gods’ wedding feast, which is a picture of Gods’ Kingdom.

Finally Revelation 3:14  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “This is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the origin of all that God has created.  v15  I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other!  v 16  But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth!.  v17  You say, ‘I am rich and well off; I have all I need.’ But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind”.    This is a very accurate picture of the majority of churches today, but especially so in the western world.

The Laodicean church is the final church of this age, in which we live.  I realise that there are Christians from all seven of the Churches Jesus addresses mixed in amongst all of the different ages, however it is the majority of the Christians in each age that is being described, and this is the reason why it is desperately important to choose a Bible believing Spirit filled Church that does not just follow the crowd, do the in thing, which today, is of the devil.

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4 thoughts on “5. “Born Again” Survival Continued

  1. …So if our loved ones are unable to repent and be forgiven again, why do we pray they will return? How does this fit with the parable of the prodigal son and the lesson of forgiveness it teaches? Confused!

    1. Hi Eileen, thanks for your comment. I think we need to differentiate between the backslider, and Heb 6:4 where the Christian returns to atheism and denies there is a God, denies their new birth experience, and denies the work of the HS and denies their own salvation, refusing to turn back to God. To me is a different thing to backsliding. The prodigal son never denied his father or his upbringing, he just went into sin, later repenting and returning again to his father. This is backed up by Jer_3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God. they respond to the Lord. And again in Hos_14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. God longs to heal the backslider. I hope this clarifies what the Bible is saying.

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