21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled[j] in his fleshly body[k] through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— 23 provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
I gotta say, I think the whole “once-saved, always-saved” theology of certain parts of Christianity is pretty goofy. Passages like this seem to go directly against the idea. Christ will present us blameless and irreproachable, provided that we continue established and secure in the faith, without shifting from the hope we have heard.
Short and sweet tonight– this “provided” business becomes important, then, if you reverse the logic. If we don’t continue established and secure in the faith, if we shift from the hope we’ve been given, then perhaps Christi will not present us blameless…
Then of course, the hope we’ve been given is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. The hope we have, the faith we exercise, is in Jesus.
I find myself hungry for more. To be more established and firm in the faith.
And I feel God’s answering that prayer.