Hebrews 2:1-18 is a passage that has serious warnings that refer to the possibility of apostasy. I also has uplifting statements that seems to indicate that God knows our weakness, our suffers, and will help us who are part of His family of faith.
Can we lose our salvation? Why would that question even need to be asked? If God wanted to depart from humanity and leave us to the horror of separation, God would have plenty of reason to do so. But is that what God wants? But we are legalistic people who look for loopholes and cling to our own ideas of what is “truth”. Do you really think that God would force someone to love? Is not the idea of forcing love the most perverse of relational delusion? Real love means that sometimes you have to let the one who does not love you go.
NIV Hebrews 2:6-8 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”
The above verses speaks of how God does care for humanity. It speaks of how God wants to care for us. The Scripture also teaches: (2 Peter 3:9) He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance; and, (Ezekiel 33:11) ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
This is the mindset of God. However, in the reality of the revealed relationship, Jesus warns us: (Luke 13:5) I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Repentance means a change of life, a change of heart, a change of attitude. It means we care about the relationship we have we Jesus.
The writer of Hebrews warns: (Hebrews 2:1) We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. There is no doubt that the Lord wants the relationship. There is no doubt we need the relationship. Relationships take work. Relationship have boundaries. A relationship of love is choose not forced and gives freedom and does not include compulsion.
In John 10:28 the Lord states the He will, ” give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” I have no doubt of this. This is our promise in the relationship. God keeps the Divine Word. But it is a covenant relationship and the covenant does have depend upon its being kept.
The journey of Lent give us call to reflect upon this covenant we have come to be part of in our baptism. It is a time to renew our commitment to Jesus as our Lord. It is a time to move closer to the passion of our Savior and the love of our God. When our focus is upon a closer walk, a more devoted walk then the question about “losing our salvation” becomes mute.
NIV Psalm 25:7-10 Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.