“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.”
2 Peter 1:8-9
A discussion with my eighth graders yesterday on the above passage sparked a wonderful time of collective insight into one of the most formidable traps in the Christian life.
We all struggle sometimes with eternal security. I believe that one of the reasons we begin to doubt whether we are truly saved is during those times when temptations seem to have the best of us. Because we are struggling so much with sin, we begin to doubt that we are saved. It is as if we think that those who are truly saved don’t struggle daily with such things. I asked my students in one class to raise their hands if they have ever doubted their salvation. All raised their hands. But what does that cause in the life of a Christian? With those fears comes a Christian life that is at a standstill. What better place could Satan want us to be in than at a point of inactivity?
I believe that oftentimes we fail to invite others to church or to witness to others because we are personally not experiencing what it means to be free ourselves. What does the captive have to give to the fellow captive? Where is freedom?
I believe the above passage has the answer. This passage begins by listing out the divine attributes that we are to be partakers of such as goodness, Godliness, brotherly kindness, patience, etc. It says if we continually are adding these to our lives in increasing measure that we will escape the corruption of this world…but… Anytime there is the ability to exercise our free will, there is always a but. The passage says but if we don’t have these in our lives, we are blind to the fact that we have been forgiven and cleansed from our past sins. We are experiencing a crisis of identity.
So, the feeling that we sometimes experience where we doubt our salvation may be because we are not conforming to His image and partaking of His nature. It is not necessarily a matter of us not being saved,it is perhaps a matter of us forgetting that we have been!
We have to submit. Justification is only the beginning. Sanctification is the continuation.
We have to remember whose we are now. We are not our own. We were bought with a heavy price. We do not cheapen the gift by stopping the growth process and rolling once again in the mud of our sin. Who the Son has set free is free indeed! PRAISE GOD! Now go live in the freedom. Don’t doubt, submit.