Gastonia Church of Christ


The Tree

Psalm 1 is one of the most famous Psalms of all time. The opening verse paint a picture of man as a tree; 

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment nor sinner in the congregation of the righteous for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. 

The comparison between the righteous and the wicked couldn’t be any clearer. What is the basis for the contrast? What is it about the righteous person that separates them from the wicked? The answer is found in the first two verse of the Psalm. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” The key difference between the saved and the lost is that, the lost are so enamored, obsessed, and occupied, with everything but God while the righteous make God everything! God’s word is that which they delight in and therefore, it molds and shapes their character and relationship with God. The wicked care less. If we seek to be close to God we should delight in his word. We should be as occupied with God’s word as we are with our “daily routines.” 

At this moment, would we say your spiritual tree is thriving or are the leaves withered? Are we starved of spiritual nutrients? 

DJM

Is Once Saved Always Saved True? 

The greatest moments in a persons life is when they’ve had their sins washed away and are added to the family of God (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27). However, there are those in the religious world who believe once a Christian is saved they are always saved. The question remains, is the doctrine of “once saved always saved true?”  As those who seek to do the will of God it is our responsibility to understand what the scriptures say and respond accordingly to God's will. 

In Galatians 3:26-27 the inspired writer Paul states,"For you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ." Therefore,  at the point of baptism the sinner has met the terms of pardon and is saved in the eyes of God. This is especially important when one looks at the context of Galatians 5:4, which states "You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace." Paul is stating that those who have been redeemed yet have choose to abandon Christ for the Law no longer are recipients  of grace and have fallen away.  So while some might not abandon Christ for the Law, Christians could abandon Christ for a job, a drug, a hobby, etc. allowing those things to dominate their heart and dictate their life. 

It is clear from these passages that the doctrine of “once saved always saved” is not from the Bible but an innovation of man. Christians should not be so hungry to follow doctrines which allow for them to live a rebellious life and expect an eternal reward from the Father. Christians should remain diligent in their obedience to God, knowing abandoning God will result in eternal destruction. 

Dean