Ever had anything stolen from you? It hurts and it is truly irritating to deal with. Several years ago, my wife saw someone in our front yard who had pulled off the side of the road with a flat tire. She offered to help and didn’t know she was offering to help two men who had just rummaged through our barn and loaded the truck with our own items! The devil uses the same tactics. It is his desire to slip in unnoticed (Jude 4) and pervert the grace of our Lord stealing our crown.
Jesus wrote to the church in Philadelphia telling them, “I am coming soon, hold fast what you have so that no one may steal your crown” (Rev. 3:11). What a fantastic passage! He was not alluding that someone can steal your salvation, but that you can let it go. He is pleading with the church at Philadelphia to keep a firm grip on their salvation. Yes, it can be lost. Yes, we need to hold onto it. The word in Greek “hold fast” is kratei meaning a continuous action. Then Jesus says, “The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and name of the city of My God” (11.12). Makes you want to hold onto your crown doesn’t it? Notice this is to a church but also directed at individuals. We may be part of the church, but we will all be held accountable (Matt. 12:36) individually for what we have done and are doing. Hold on brethren! Next week we will discuss what causes us to lose our grip. Logan C.
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