- Oct 31, 2011
The Spirit-filled, saved Galatians fell away from faith in Christ:Those who are considered to be in Christ are those who profess faith in Him and appear to be keeping His Word. Those who never cease to keep His Word show they are reborn; those who eventually discontinue to keep His Word show they are not reborn; "Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away" (Jhn 15:2):
J Gill - "There are two sorts of branches in Christ the vine; the one sort are such who have only an historical faith in him, believe but for a time, and are removed; they are such who only profess to believe in him . . . are in him by profession only; they submit to outward ordinances, become church members, and so are reckoned to be in Christ."
To me everyone's profession simply reveals itself only in two ways. The true believer keeps professing and keeping His Words; and the false professor eventually discontinues the profession and of course the obedience.
It to me comes down being a lover of sinful pleasure, or a lover of God (2Ti 3:4)!
"Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?" - Galatians 3:2-3
"10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you." - Galatians 4:10-11
"2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.
4You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace." - Galatians 5:2,4
Please, put away the theology books and read the Bible for yourself. And don't let any predetermined doctrinal construct keep you from seeing what the Bible actually says.