For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. – Hebrews 3:14
The Hebraic author notes the difference between Jesus and angels. He also depicts the relationship between Jesus and those of us called, chosen, and faithful to God as members of his family. The author states that Jesus overcome the devil and conquered his power over death. To that end he made it possible for those who are his, the brethren, to live with the Father and him for eternity. However, it is written that “if we are faithful to the end,” then we will have all that Christ is and has for us.
I’ve heard from many people of the Baptist camp that “once saved, always saved” because there is “nothing [that] can ever separate us from God’s love.” Although the latter statement is true in the sense that no outside thing can separate us from God’s love, there is one that can separate a person from God, the individual of self. Listen to the words of the author here in Hebrews, “If we are faithful to the end…as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”
Does not eternity, life itself, eternal life, belong to Jesus? Did he not say of himself that he is the way, the truth, and the LIFE? If the gift of God is eternal life (hence Jesus himself) through Jesus, is it not then just to say that we receive eternity with Jesus by remaining faithful to him? Or is the author just lying to us here? Why make the distinction of being faithful to THE END and firmly believing in God then just as firmly as we did in THE BEGINNING? Why discuss the dropping like flies death of Jews in the desert for being unfaithful to God?
What purpose does the Holy Spirit have here to tell us this fact through the Hebraic author if it is of no effect? We, as the others say, will be saved forever? Does this not then infer that even we just totally walk away from God that we will be saved because his love never separates (leaves) us? Hogwash! Even Jesus through the apostle John repeats the idea of the called, chosen, and faithful to God coming back to earth to rule and reign with him forever (see Revelation 17)! We are ALL CALLED to repentance that none should perish. Many are called but FEW are CHOSEN. Here we learn to also be FAITHFUL TO THE END. Therefore, it is the CALLED>CHOSEN>FAITHFUL that receive eternal life from Jesus. It’s not my opinion; it’s God’s fact!
Father, thank you for giving us the gift of eternal life through Jesus. Thank you for giving us the Helper, Guide, Teacher in and of the your Holy Spirit. Thank you for showing us the way to the narrow path that leads to life. It is so much more than just being called and chosen to receive eternal life. You do require us to be faithful to you to the end. If the Holy Spirit was grieved by the Jews in the desert who died and didn’t enter your rest, then how much more should we do so? Otherwise, what would be the point of saying, “Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” You command us to warn each other daily, not occasionally or teach once saved always saved, so we can live now and with you in eternity. Open the eyes of your people who have been blinded by deception, Lord, so they may live. I love you and praise you. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.