Posts Tagged ‘Moses’

If someone believes that they got themselves into Christ, then it is only natural to believe they can get themselves out of Christ. But Hebrews 12:2 clearly states that God is both the Author and Finisher or Perfecter of our faith. He began it and He finishes it perfectly. To say you can lose your salvation is saying Christ can only save me if I keep up my salvation. The truth is, you will keep up your salvation perfectly because of the new willing heart that God has given you and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, which you received when you were Born Again by the power and will of God and God alone (John 1:13). God has guaranteed your perseverance and your perfect “keeping up of your salvation” (if you want to say that, which I don’t). But when you do persevere you can also say what Paul did in 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

There is a wealth of Bible passages that guarantee that our salvation is perfectly secure in Christ. There are some passages that people like to look to to try to say that you can lose your salvation, and the most popular one that people use is actually rarely read in context, which is the key to understanding anything in the Bible. This is Hebrews 6:4-6. Let’s look at these verses real quickly and then make some final thoughts.

4For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

People will say that these verses guarantee that people can lose their salvation. We have two problems with that;

  1. Language like enlightened, tasting the heavenly gift, sharing in the Holy Spirit, tasting the Word of God and  the powers of the age to come, do not, I repeat, DO NOT mean that the person was saved. Remember the audience of Hebrews that were being written to here. The Jews were enlightened with the knowledge of who God was because they were given the law and were His chosen people. They tasted of many heavenly gifts such as the manna in the desert in Moses‘ time and Christ’s bread and fish in John 6. They shared in the Holy Spirit in the sense that they experienced the Holy Spirit empowered ministry of Jesus and tasted of Christ’s Word. They also tasted of the powers of the age to come in the many interactions with God through Moses and Christ, as well as every other prophet in scripture. That didn’t mean that everyone who did those things were saved, in fact the reality is that in spite of all those interactions, most still did not believe. A whole generation was left in the wilderness before entering the promise land after the great “experiences” or instances of “enlightenment.” After they all “taste of the heavenly gifts” of Jesus Christ in John 6, the thousands that were well fed just a few verses earlier left Jesus in the dust when he said that God is sovereign over who comes and does not come to Jesus and has eternal life, thus proving that they were never truly born again, they just desired to have their bellies filled for free. What this verse is really saying is that when a person has the fullest experience of who God really is in Christ, and then they reject Him, they are never capable of getting more information and are saying they understand it all, and they still don’t want Him. You can try to tell them, but they have all the knowledge you can give them, it is hopeless.
  2. If you are going to say these verses prove you can lose your salvation, you have to also at least be consistent with the rest of verse 6 which clearly says that this person can never again be restored to repentance because they would be re-crucifying Christ. The crazy thing is that everyone who believes that you can lose your salvation also believes that you can get it back again. This verse clearly says you can’t restore them again to repentance, it’s impossible (Verse 4 and 6).

Telling people they can lose their salvation is more fear-mongering than it is equipping people for the battle that we all face everyday. That’s like a King saying to his people about to go into battle, “gear up, but you will probably lose cause I ain’t fighting with you. I will be back in the castle living it up. Good luck.”

My King says, “I guarantee your victory in this battle because I am the one leading the charge and doing all the fighting. When you succeed it is only because I’ve given you power to defeat your enemy. Also, I have determined the end from the beginning so I know infallibly that you will win this and all battles because I Am the Alpha and Omega and I will do all that I set out to do.”

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I wanted to start this blog series for a little while now. I recently received a suggestion to buy the book Exposition of the Gospel of John by Arthur W. Pink.

It is a phrase by phrase and sometimes word by word explanation of every verse in the Gospel of John. It is definitely one of my desert island picks. So far it has been very beneficial and I haven’t gotten past chapter one of John! God has started to open my eyes to see Jesus all over the Old Testament and it has been amazing. So I figured I would share this knowledge because it has made me fall in love with God all over again, through the Old Testament. My hope for this blog series is to spark a passion in people to pray like the psalmist in Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” God I pray that you use me and this blog to do this very thing; open our eyes to see wondrous things from your Word! Amen.

In the Old Testament, there are people, places, things, and events that foreshadow things that will be fulfilled in the New Testament. These are referred to as types. Once God starts to point some of them out to you it is pretty amazing. This blog series is all about the connections between the tabernacle of Moses’ time period and Jesus Christ. This is the first post in a ten part series; then there will be one concluding blog post. In each post I will include A.W. Pink’s introductory paragraph to this section as well as the corresponding comparison that he makes.

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us…”

“[Jesus] pitched His tent on earth for thirty-three years. There is here a latent reference to the tabernacle of Israel in the wilderness. That tabernacle had a typical significance: it foreshadowed God the Son incarnate. Almost everything about the tabernacle adumbrated the Word made flesh. Many and varied are the correspondences between the type (in this case the tabernacle) and the Anti-type (Jesus). We notice a few of the more conspicuous.

1. The “tabernacle” was a temporary appointment. In this it differed from the temple of Solomon, which was a permanent structure. The tabernacle was merely a tent, a temporary convenience, something that was suited to be moved about from place to place during the journeyings of the children of Israel. So it was when our blessed Lord tabernacled here among men. His stay was but a brief one – less than forty years; and, like the type, He abode not long in any one place, but was constantly on the move – unwearied in the activity of His love.”

What an awesome connection here! I recently just read through Exodus and Leviticus. I am in no way well-read when it comes to the old testament so if you aren’t either, we have some common ground. I am slowly making my way through. It is hard sometimes, but by the power and grace of God and with resources like this book and study bibles, I am starting to understand it. The tabernacle was used as a temporary way for God’s chosen people, Israel, to meet with Him while making their way through the wilderness to get to their promised land, Canaan. There were even certain clans that were entrusted with the task of moving the tabernacle when they needed to continue on their journey.

Here is a picture of the tabernacle thanks to the online ESV Study Bible

When Christ came in human form, being near Him was the meeting place between evil sinners and God. God the Son came near to us to bridge the chasm between us and God. We are in the same kind of wilderness now. We are awaiting our promised land; eternity with God in heaven. Jesus is our meeting place with God. I don’t want to continue to expound too much because it might flow into A.W. Pink’s next connection that he draws. So to end each post, I will leave you with some questions and encouragements to lead you into the next post. Here they are for this post:

  1. Read through Exodus 25:1-31:17 and 35:1-40:38. This will take some discipline, but think of Christ and how you can see Him while reading this.
  2. Read Numbers 33:1-56 and see how many times Israel picked up everything, including the tabernacle,  and moved from one place to another. Now think about Jesus and how often you read about him suddenly leaving one place and going to another.
  3. Start to question, “What other ways does the tabernacle point to Jesus?” This one may seem obvious to you, but I promise some of these correlations will surprise you. They amazed me and challenged me to want to know the bible more.