“The Love of Christ Jesus”/Warning Against Falling Away, cont’d

A Christ Filled Life-Getting To Know Jesus

 “Warning Against Falling Away” cont’d, Acts 16:1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  3) And this will we do, if God permit.  1Corinthians 4:19.  4) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  5) And have tasted the Good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.  Hebrews 10:29.  7) For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by (or for) whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  8) But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.  9) But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.  10) for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to the Saints, and do minister.  Matthew 10:42.  11) And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:  Colossians 2:2.  12) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v1, Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ The Gospel is the doctrine of Christ, and is so called, because Christ, as God, is the Author of it.  This is the easier part of the Gospel, called milk in the latter part of the preceding chapter. Let us go on to perfection:

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-3, The author urges the readers of his letter to leave the basics and go on to perfection, meaning “maturity” .  He lists six items in three couplets that he calls the elementary principles of Christ;  (1) Repentance form dead works refers to a change of mind from the law of Moses (9:14), the Law was good but weak because of our sinful nature (Romans 8:3).  (2) What is needed for salvation is our faith directed toward God(3) Baptism refers to the New Testament (Baptism of Christ, John, and the Believers).  (4) In the Book of Acts, the laying on of hands was used to impart the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17, 18; 19:6). And for ordination for ministry (Acts 6:6; 13:3).  (5) Resurrection from the dead refers to all people at the end times (Revelation 20:11-15).  (6) Eternal Judgment refers to the belief that everyone will be judged by the Great Judge.  Scripture indicates that there will be two judgments: one for Believers and one for unbelievers (Revelations 20:11-15). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v4-8, The falling away here mentioned, is an open and avowed renouncing of Christ, from enmity of heart against Him, His cause, and people, by men approving in their minds the deeds of His murderers and all this after they have received the knowledge of the Truth and tasted some of its comforts.  Of these it is said, that it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance.   v9-12,   The works of love, done for the glory of Christ or done to His Saints for Christ’s sake are evident marks of a man’s salvation.  The hope here meant, is looking for good things promised, with love, desire, and valuing of them.  These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for it is impossible for God to lie.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.

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