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BE NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL

1 Cor 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

2 Peter 1:10

“…ye shall never fall.”

Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I. OUR SALVATION DEPENDS ON US CONTINUING FAITHUL.

A. We are adjured to continue in the faith.

1. Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but

toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

2. Heb 3:1-6 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and

High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

3. Col 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet

now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away

from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

4. Heb 3:12-15 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing

from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened

through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

5. Heb 12:1-3 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us

lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of

God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

B. We are made well aware that there is only one gospel.

1. 2 Cor 11:2-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your

minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth

another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2.

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto

another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel

of Christ.

II. WE ARE COMMANDED TO KEEP GROWING SO WE WON’T FALL.

A. Let’s learn God’s word and God’s way so we won’t fall.

1. 2 Tim 2:15-18 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of

some.

2. Heb 2:1-4

1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just

recompence of reward;

3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

3. 2 Peter 1:3-11

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the

knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the

divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the

knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these

things, ye shall never fall:

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ.

B. Let’s mature and endure so we won’t fall.

1. 2 Tim 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach,

patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2. James 1:12-16 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the

crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

III.

WE ARE COMMANDED TO BE FAITHFUL AND TAKE A STAND.

A. Let’s put on the entire armor of God so we can stand and not fall.

1. 1. Eph 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the

darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and

having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance

and supplication for all saints;

B. Stand fast.

1. Phil 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in

the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2. 2 Thess 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught,

whether by word, or our epistle.

3. 1 Thess 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

IV. LET’S TAKE HEED TO OURSELVES AND KEEP WORKING

A. We are responsible for our own salvation, to keep ourselves from falling.

1. 1 Tim 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou

shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

2. Heb 6:9-12 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany

salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

3. 1 Cor 10:12-13 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no

temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

4. Heb 12:15-16 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness

springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright

B. Let’s keep a diligent eye on ourselves, to keep ourselves from falling.

1. 2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not

your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

2.

2 Peter 3:11-14 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye

to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,

wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.