The Bible is to be our textbook for life. It is through the scriptures that we are kept from falling into error, and it is through scripture that life is produced in us. Jesus stated that it is the “Spirit that gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words that I have spoken unto you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63
It is the words of God and Jesus’ words which are recorded in the Bible that bring life to us. Jesus answered the Pharisees who did not believe in the resurrection, “You are in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God.” Matthew 22:29 To err means “to roam from safety or truth, to go astray, to be seduced to wander out of the way.”
Our world today is so full of deception and lies. If we do not have a solid basis for truth, we can find ourselves believing lies and untruths which leads to seduction of our beliefs and our faith.
Can a believer fall from grace? The Bible gives proof that a Christian can be led into error and fall from his steadfastness. 2 Peter 3:17 “...beware lest you are led away with the error of the wicked, and fall from your own steadfastness.”
It is possible for brethren or Christians to err from the truth and become unconverted (James 5:19). It is also possible for an erring Christian to be converted again. If he repents and is saved again from death, his sins will be forgiven and covered. James 5:20. If he does not repent he will be lost and will have to pay the penalty for sin. Romans 6:23; 8:13; Hebrews 6:4-6
Blessings Through God’s Word! God wants us to prosper in our soul and to have a successful spiritual life in Him. If we meditate upon God’s Word and are careful to do everything written in it, we will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 We must hide the Word of God in our heart so that we might not sin against God. Psalms 119:11. We are designed to grow in our faith and in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every grace and blessing is deposited in seed form that God has implanted into our lives. If these seeds are watered and cared for by continual conformity to the Word of God, they will grow to full maturity. As we walk in the light of the knowledge of God’s Word we will grow normally to maturity in Christ
- Pastor Virgil Amundson