Born again – Part 30
What Happens If A BA Person Returns To A Sinful Lifestyle? Cont.
Samson, who was anointed by God to “begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Jdg 13:5), violated his vow and God’s laws on many occasions. God removed His Spirit from him (Judges 16:20) and he suffered severe consequences.
When he finally called to the LORD and prayed for restoration (Jdg 16:28), God heard his prayers.
Interestingly, the NT does not mention Samson’s failures or his heroic feats of strength. In Hebrews, he is simply listed with others “who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises” (Heb 11:32). In the end, Samson recognised his dependence on God. When he died, God turned his failures and defeats into victory. Samson’s story teaches us that it is never too late to start over. However badly we may have failed in the past, today is not too late for us to put our complete trust in God.
The lessons to be learnt from Samson’s life are (1) Great strength in one area of life does not make up for great weaknesses in other areas. (2) God’s presence does not overwhelm a person’s will. (3) God can use a person of faith in spite of his or her mistakes.
Samson’s story is told in Judges 13-16
• What should you do if you see a backslider?
We are not allowed to mind our business in such matters — matters of life and death. We should try to restore such a backslider
“Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Prv. 24:11, 12)
When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. 20“Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.” (Ezk. 3:18-21)
3:18 “the same wicked man shall die.” Ezekiel was to be a watchman, warning his countrymen that those who persisted in sin and in rejection of God would be punished with death. If Ezekiel failed to warn the wicked; he would be held accountable for their deaths. (1) Under the new covenant, faithful ministers of God must likewise warn those in their congregations who are living unrighteous lives that they will be excluded from the Kingdom of God and salvation, if they do not repent (see 1 Cor 6:9; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5). Those who teach that believers may live immotal and unrighteous lives without jeopardising their eternal salvation will themselves be accountable to God for the outcome.
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