Saving Faith is Present Tense and Active – Part 5: He Who Stands Firm to the End Will Be Saved

The Lord Is With Us

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled by it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. (1 Pet. 2:20-21)

Peter’s strong words here clearly apply to apostates – people who have fallen from faith in Christ into unbelief despite grace.  Peter continues, Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” (v. 22). Strong words! In conjunction with the multiple passages about apostates from Hebrews studied in Part 4, Paul’s words about them in…

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