Sunday, 5 April 2015

HOPE FOR THE BACKSLIDDEN

Hello again folks! Although Easter is - and never was - a valid substitute for Passover, I was reminded this morning of a certain scripture spoken by the LORD Jesus Christ before He was betrayed by a certain Judas Iscariot in which He corrected an enthusiastic Peter:

"Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all." [John 13:3-10; KJV]

For some strange reason, the Inspired words [and Word] of verse ten [10] stood out. "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean ..." This scripture, to me, suggests that just as salvation is only a prayer away, so also is forgiveness for those who have been washed but have soiled their feet with unconfessed sin and/or disobedience. Whilst I'm no fan of the "once saved, always saved" theorem, there is comfort if not hope for the backslidden with these words.

Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 05-Apr-2015

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