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Falling and Getting Back Up Again...

Falling and Getting Back Up Again...

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." (1 John 2:1-3)

As a teenage Christian of the Wesleyan Armenian persuasion, and having an oft overconscientious disposition, I was many times troubled by the Accuser of the Brethren (yes, I mean the devil!). If I actually fell into sin (by knowingly committing sin), OR if I just gave in to the accusatory impressions that I had done so, and then cast away my confidence (for a short time), then the enemy of my soul would pounce upon me!

Often the tactic employed was to tell me that I had sinned too much, or too often, and that I had ruined everything that God had done for me and must now start over entirely from the beginning.

Being of a deeply thoughtful nature, I posed a question concerning this to the late Rev. I. Parker Maxey, with whom I had the privilege to visit in his home on some few occasions (too few I might add). Many will have known this man as a prominent theology professor at Bible Missionary Institute.

My question was: "If a saved and sanctified soul falls into sin and returns to the Lord, does he start all over again, or does he pick up his relationship with God where he left off?"

Brother Maxey took some moments to think about the question. Finally, he said that he thought it depended on how long the person remained a backslider. If he got right back up, then he could continue on from right where he left off -- or close to it.

I found his answer very logical and comforting.

Dear reader, whether you have wandered far from the Lord, or have momentarily fallen into sin, or have needlessly cast away your confidence, lean upon the promise that we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins! If, on the other hand, you have never truly experienced the reality of God's forgiveness through faith in His dear Son, then Jesus is the propitiation for your sins as well (for the sins of the whole world!).

Come and cast your soul at the Savior's feet. Trust in His mercy and His never-failing love. He Who became the sin sacrifice for the whole human race is the propitiation (covering or atonement) for our sins, AND He is our Advocate (lawyer, go-between, intercessor!) with the Father. The Father cannot turn away the presence of His Son!

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