Safety from Apostasy

Sadly, many stories can be told of Christians departing from the faith: good children who leave the church when they leave their parental home; close friends who get hurt by a Christian and then reject it all; pastors even who recant their faith. We know they were never true Christians (1 John 2:19). But the warning of being a professing Christian and then becoming apostate (rejecting it all) is very real.

2 Peter 1:10-11 gives the same warning – be sure you are the real kind of Christian, just like the Apostles of Jesus (2 Peter 1:1)!

What is the practical instruction to keep you on the right track to the very end?

2 Peter 1:5-7 is the list of progressively increasing Christian faithfulness, and 2 Peter 1:8-9 is the promise.

These passages speak of the practice of true faith. As much as Christians are not of this world, take a stand against sin and false teaching, these passages are not an anti-this and anti-that list. Instead, it is a pro-this, and pro-that list.

Christian, if you would remain faithful to Christ until your entry into heaven, practise these qualities with increasing zeal. Beautify your faith with virtuous behaviour, Biblical knowledge, self-control when tempted otherwise, steadfast consistence, and a truly God-like response to this world. Care for your fellow believers, and excel in the 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tests of love.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Safety from Apostasy
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