John, having been inspired by the Spirit, reveals the primary purpose of God manifested in the flesh, which is to destroy the works of the evil one (1 Jn. 3:8). God, being all knowing, knew long before the time that man would fall into the snare of Satan. For this reason, He had prepared Christ, who would adopt us who believe in Him to be His children (Eph. 1:4-5) through the forgiveness of sins. Such is the unfathomable love of Christ – this is love at its purest and highest form that we can ever imagine (Rev. 1:5). This is divine. This love demonstrates the complete sacrifice of Christ. It is given to the fallen humanity without a tinge of ulterior motive embedded on the part of God.
Since the love of Christ is beyond measure, it goes without saying that He can save those who believe in Him to the end. As long as any lost soul responds to His calling, He will never be hesitant for one moment to save him/her. What more for us who have already been ushered into His church, and have been baptised into Him. The writer of the book of Hebrews reassures us that the Lord is able to save to the uttermost because He has not ceased from interceding for us (Heb. 7:25; Rm. 8:34). If that being the case, the idea of a believer who has reached a point beyond return should never be an issue in the first place.
Nevertheless, there are numerous examples documented in the Bible that indicate otherwise. The first King of Israel, Saul, is a notable example; the Bible states that God’s Spirit departed from Him. What followed on is the taking over of him by the distressing Spirit (1 Sam. 16:14). It becomes clear as the story went on; Saul was never able to return to God. He had gone beyond the point of return. One other example is Judas. He betrayed his Master for a negligible amount of silver. He crossed the line, which consigned him to eternal condemnation.
It is naïve to assume that God is love that He therefore would tolerate all transgressions. But, the crux of the matter is that the Lord would not go against His very basic intrinsic nature of being righteous. He would not let a sinner go unpunished (Exod. 34:7; Num. 14:18; Nah 1:3). With warnings of devastating consequences of crossing the red line scattered all over the pages of the entire Bible, it is imperative to look at some of its accounts, to keep ourselves in-check. The key features of this article (to be serialized in the following weeks) are based upon the Book of Hebrews. This book contains detailed accounts, though they are inter-related in a way, of those who have gone beyond return.
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