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Ron Writes

Falling. Standing. Walking.

Can a Christian fall? Yes. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). In the context, Paul had been describing the Israelites who had been baptized and who had partaken of the spiritual food, yet still fell in the wilderness. Of the millions who had left Egypt, only 2 came into the promised land. This is one of many warnings in the NT. You can fall!

“Once saved always saved” is not in the Bible, but neither is “if saved barely saved.” The possibility of falling doesn’t mean the probability of falling. You don’t have to fall. The solution to falling is standing!

Not only are we to stand, we are to walk! “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Col. 2:6). Walk denotes movement. Where are you going? “Walk in Him.” Follow Him. Imitate Him. God doesn’t just want us to know about Jesus, He wants us to be transformed into His likeness. Walk is shorthand for live a Christian life. “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” (“shall never fall” – KJV) (2 Pet. 1:10). There’s a condition, “as long as you practice.” It’s hard to fall when you’re standing and walking. “I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble” (Prov. 4:11-12).

Stand. Walk. If you do stumble. Get back up! “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity” (Prov. 24:16).

Stand and walk!