For many believers, there is always a dark specter of the possibility of “falling away” from the faith. In western thought, this means moving away from God’s presence wherein God is no longer around you in an almost physical sense. For the eastern minded Jewish believers, it was more of a positional standing with God. In fact, this positional falling away was precisely what had happened to their people over and over again. They were always God’s people, even in their sin, but they didn’t always live in the bounty of that relationship. Jesus, as the Jewish messiah, fixed this problem of disconnection by creating a stable tether here. But this returns men to there relationally perfect state in Eden. It was a perfect man in Eden who fell away. Peter wants people to remember that even though Christ saves us when we fall, and he would again in our sanctification process, we should be seeking to prove his salvation, rather than his grace. This is done by acting and thinking “saved.” When we lean into the surety of our salvation, and all the blessings it brings, it compounds our knowledge of Gods grace and assured us of its truth. Our emphasis on growing and maturity, rather than on attaining salvation each time we sin, actually facilitates grasping our salvation and undermining our sin nature. We must know what we should know. Then we will know what we do know, and others will know it by the fruit it produces. Both in earth and one day in heaven.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts