This week, I wrote a post titled “Is it Possible to Fall Away from God’s Grace?” based around Hebrews 6.
I received some great feedback. All of which has led my mind to wander once again. Before moving forward with today’s post, I suggest you click HERE and read my previous post for context.
Living Hebrews 6, I’d like to take a walk back into Ephesians. Paul writes: “In him we were also chosen,having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:11-12)
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14)
How do we fit this passage in Ephesians with our ‘falling away‘ passage in Hebrews? It’s quite difficult for me to wrap my brain fully around the theology. Obviously, as I contemplate the implications of these vast concepts, perhaps I am sliding into Paul’s thoughts on the mysteries of God’s will?
All of a sudden, I am reminded of A.W. Tozer‘s devotional work titled “The Pursuit of God“. In chapter one, he writes: “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” (Tozer, 1982, 11) How does this fit into Hebrews 6?
I am left again (perhaps, rightfully so) in wonder at the mystery of Salvation. Where does God’s will fit within man’s choice? As many times before, I will continue to search and ponder. Yet, I will rest in the knowledge that I have Christ. Whether by God’s doing or mine, I am pleased that it just is.
How does sovereignty fit into falling away?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: The Varying Denominational Views on Falling Away – November 17th, 2009