“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