82:1) A Psalm by Asaf.
82:2) `Elohiym presides in the great assembly.
He judges among the gods.
82:3) “How long will you judge unjustly,
And show partiality to the wicked?” Selah
82:4) “Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless.
Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
82:5) Rescue the weak and needy.
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”
82:6) They do not know, neither do they understand.
They walk back and forth in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
82:7) I said, “You are gods,
All of you are sons of Ha`Elyon.
82:8) Nevertheless you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the rulers.”
82:9) Arise, `Elohiym, judge the earth,
For you inherit all of the nations.
The minute you start talking about what you are going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Imagine the scene:
It is a fine summerai??i??s day and you decide to take a walk along a cliff top on the coast. You come to a fence with a gate that has a large sign conspicuously posted stating ai???DANGER! Cliff edge liable to collapse. Keep to the path and well away from the cliff edge.ai??? You carry on through the gate admiring the view.
Are you attracted to the edge or the idea of danger? Is it because of the sign or are you that keen to look over the edge? When I was at sea, it was nice to go on deck after finishing work to cool off and look out at sea. However, at night, there was the danger of looking down at the wake passing the ship, especially if there was fluorescence in the water. The sea tends to draw you down and it takes quite an effort to break away. It is the same with a cliff edge.
Great debates have taken place over the years as to whether it is possible to ai???lose your salvationai??i??. This has always worried me in as much as why the question should ever arise. What possible action could be so terrible that forgiveness was not possible?
ai???but whoever may blaspheme against the Ruach HaKodesh never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.ai??? (Mark 3:29). This is the proof text that is most commonly used to argue for the answer yes to the question. The difficulty arises when defining the word ai???blasphemeai??i??. Normally it is taken as a cursing Yahua `Elohiym as Father, Son or Ruach. However, this would seem highly unlikely by one who has surrendered their life to Yahua through His Son, Messiah Yahshua. There are times in every Believerai??i??s life when tragedy strikes leaving the Believer questioning Yahuaai??i??s motives. Take Iyov (Job) for example. He loses his children, his wealth, his status and eventually his health. His wife famously calls him to ai???curse Yahua and dieai??i?? (Job. 2:9). In spite of all that has happened to him, Iyov refuses. Some translations say ai???renounceai??i?? instead of curse. This would make more sense if renounce was substituted for ai???blaspheme againstai??i?? in Mark 3:29.
Then again, is this likely? How could a true Believer, having been born again from above renounce their heavenly Father? ai???Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.ai??? (2 Cor. 5:17). Surely the old self has died and been replaced by a new self, made incapable of such an act?
Therefore, if this is not possible, what does it say about the personai??i??s original salvation? Surely this must be called into question? ai???Examine me, Yahua, and prove me. Try my heart and my mind.ai??? (Psa. 26:2). Yahua cannot be deceived. Even though a person says a ai???Believerai??i??s prayerai??i?? does not automatically guarantee salvation. The person might genuinely feel as though they are sincere, but a truly wicked heart (mind in biblical terms) can deceive even the person. Yahua can see into a personai??i??s heart (thoughts) and knows of the personai??i??s intentions in the future.
There is another way of looking at the word ai???blasphemeai??i??. It is through the work of the Ruach HaKodesh, that a person is truly convicted of their sin. It is by the leading of the Ruach that a person comes to know and accept Messiah Yahshua as Master and Saviour. If a person mocks the Ruach HaKodesh, then they are making fun of all the work that is culminated in the act of salvation. The birth, life, death, resurrection and exaltation of Messiah Yahshua is ridiculed. The grace and mercy of the Father is laughed at and ignored or tossed aside. No wonder that this is a sin for which there can be no forgiveness.
ai???though He was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things He suffered. Having been made perfect, He became to all of those who obey Him the author of eternal salvation,ai??? (Heb. 5:9). Through the obedience of the Son, man has inherited eternal life.
ai???He distributes freely, he gives to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His power will be increased with honour.ai??? (Psa.112:9). This psalm describes a Believer and how his righteousness is eternal. This righteousness is not his own but that of Messiah clothing him. The righteousness of the Believer is a result of salvation, both are here called eternal.
Notwithstanding this argument, it has always puzzled me why the initial question should ever arise. In the scenario above, why take any chance that the cliff would crumble as you walk past.
STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE!
Do not do anything that may cause you to fall.
Nevertheless, whether it is possible to lose your salvation (which I believe you cannot) or not, you first have to be saved.
Everyone has something in their lives that they have done wrong or ashamed of and try to hide it. Are you able to say to the Judge of all, ai???Examine me, Yahua, and prove me. Try my heart and my mind.ai???? It is of no use burying your head in the sand, as there will be a reckoning to come, one day. This is like if your walked along that cliff top and just keep walking until you run out of ground and fall over the precipice. Everything has been done to warn you of your eternal danger. Do not let this moment pass without, at least, taking stock of your eternal status; it does not meet the Judgeai??i??s exacting standards. Therefore, seek His forgiveness through His Son, Messiah Yahshua, while there is still time.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.ai??? Ameyn.
Remember, the Judge looks into your heart, mind and future.
In other words, when you say a ai???Believerai??i??s prayerai??i?? you had better mean it.
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe;
But one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.ai??? (Prov. 28:18).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.