"If They Shall Fall Away"
There is much debate about the proper interpretation of this passage of scripture. Some excellent commentators say the passage is a suppositional argument, by which the Holy Spirit gives proof of the believer's absolute security in Christ by the grace of God. Others say the text is describing the irreversible reprobation of apostates, men and women who profess faith in Christ for a while and afterward forsake him and depart from the faith. Without ques- tion, EVERY TRUE BELIEVER IS ETERNALLY AND UNCONDI- TIONALLY SECURE IN CHRIST. It is impossible for one of God's elect to fall away from life, faith in Christ, the grace of God, and the gospel (John 10:27-30). What God does, he does forever (Eccles.3:14). The gift of God is irreversible (Rom.11:29).And the grace of God is indissolvable, unconditional, and indestructible (Mal. 3:6).
However, MANY WHO
PROFESS FAITH IN CHRIST AND APPEAR TO BE TRUE BELIEVERS DO FALL AWAY. Many do
forsake Christ, the fellowship of the gospel, and the worship of God. They may
hold to the doctrines of the gospel tenaciously. But they have no interest in
"If they shall
fall away," THEIR APOSTACY PROVES THAT THEY NEVER KNEW CHRIST IN SAVING
FAITH (I John ).
They professed faith, but never possessed faith. They looked like wheat, but
were really only tares. "They are not all