A twenty-year old girl stood in front of me at Starbucks wearing the above slogans on a tee-shirt. “That’s funny,” I said to her.
Out of nowhere, a young man appeared in my face. “So, what are you?” he said. His chin readying for a battle.
“I’m probably more Calvinist than Arminian, especially on the grace and eternal security issues,” I said as an off the cuff answer.
“What about in Hebrew 6 where it states that if they fall away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance?” he asked, his face still inches away from my chin.
Honestly, I just wanted a small coffee and then head to work. You know, mind my own business and have a small caffeine high before chopping cotton in the back forty acres. Was that too much to ask?
I shrugged. “Okay, I can lay twenty or thirty scriptures on you for every one that you put up against eternal security,” I replied, “but think about this: in 2 Corinthians 5:17, it states that we are a new creation when we are saved, right?”
He nodded, but his eyes betrayed his lack of trust in me.
“There’s a little more to losing your salvation than just saying,’Adios Jesus’,” I said. “You would have to destroy the new creation in you, reverse all the processes of the cross in your life and kill the treasure which lives in your earthen vessel. How do you do that?”
The young man backed away, shaking his head. “I don’t know.” Then, he walked away and joined his group.
Now, I was worked up. I wanted to continue, but the discussion was over. So, I headed out the door with my coffee.
Too bad, I thought to myself, my next question was going to be: How do you purchase yourself back from God? Do you offer Him gold or silver? How do you negotiate the deal? After all, in 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20, it states that we believers are not our own, we have been bought and paid for by Jesus. He owns us!
So, why is this important, right?
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. (2 Peter 1:10)
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