As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. (1 John 2:24)
As new Christians, we are experts on grace. We sing, “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.” We say, “Thank God for grace!”
But time passes and we start hearing messages that distract us from grace. “You need to pray more, give more, work more. You need to produce and perform for Jesus.”
Heed these messages and you’ll fall from grace.
It doesn’t help that some hijack this verse to frighten God’s children. “If you don’t abide, God will kick you out of his family.”
It can’t happen. Since you were not saved by your good works, you cannot be lost through your bad works.
Yes, there are consequences to straying. Get distracted from Jesus and you’ll be tossed and turned by every wind of teaching (Eph. 4:14). You’ll start striving in the flesh, and your conscience will condemn you (1 John 3:20).
The remedy is to stick with what you heard in the beginning, namely the unfiltered message of grace.
It’s grace from start to finish.
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