Possibility to become a castaway

• Meditations‭

“‬Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall‭” (‬1‭ ‬Cor.‭ x. ‬12‭)‬.

‭ ‬It is possible to become a castaway after having known,‭ ‬yea,‭ ‬and appreciated,‭ ‬the truth.‭

Paul keenly recognised such a possibility even in regard to himself. But not only does the Bible speak plainly as to the possibility,‭ ‬our own personal knowledge sorrowfully impresses the truth.‭ ‬If we go back twenty,‭ ‬ten,‭ ‬or even four years we can recall the apostacy of not only the semi-warm,‭ ‬but the zealous and self-sacrificing.‭ ‬It seems incredible that such should have departed from us and have let slip the only true hope under heaven.‭

But it is a fact,‭ ‬and a fact which we do well to ponder.‭ ‬What has been the case in the experience of others may be the case with ourselves.‭ ‬Let us therefore‭ “‬be not high-minded,‭ ‬but fear.‭” ‬Let the precept‭ “‬take heed,‭” ‬be bound as a frontlet to our eyes.‭

Paul was successful — he kept the faith until his course was finished.‭ ‬He has left on record the secret of his success.‭ ‬His words are:‭

—“‬I buffet my body and bring it into bondage,‭ ‬lest by any means after that I have preached to others,‭ ‬I myself should be rejected‭” (‬1‭ ‬Cor.‭ ix. ‬27‭) (‬R.‭ ‬V.‭)‬.


The Christadelphian, Aug 1887

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