We all understand what “take Heed” means. Watch out. Look out. Hey buddy, wake up!
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:12–19, KJV)
There’s been quite a few visitors to this blog who I’ve had to tell, “I suspect you aren’t saved.” Hebrews 3:12 makes it clear that departing from Christianity to anything else means you weren’t saved in the first place. Having spent several hours this weekend reviewing the videos of the “Strange Fire” conference, I can say it was mentioned strongly in almost every video that one cannot believe aberrant doctrine and be saved – the Holy Spirit drags you out of that environment fairly quickly.
If we followed Hebrews 3:13, perhaps we wouldn’t be in this situation! We are commanded to exhort one another to hold fast to the Gospel. When a friend comes up to you and tells you they think that blah blah blah and you immediately realize something’s wrong with that… it’s your responsibility to tell that person, “Yeah, uh… that’s wrong! The Bibe says in Ephesians…”
of course, this is another reason why all of you should be studying their Bibles. Today’s lesson is brought to you by… a study techniue I got from listening to Vincent Sawyer, who apparently had a GOOD English Grammar teacher. I have a hatred for English Grammar in all forms, thanks to an unpleasant teacher who apparently had a bugaboo about knowing all the Prepositions. I used to send her into fits of rage whenever I’d end a sentence in “because”, and we’d all be dispatched home with the assignment to memorize every preposition.
Vkincent Sawyer suggested going through and marking every verb in a verse, with the offhand comment of “They’re there for a reason.” So, paying attention to the verbs today, “take heed.” “Departing” “Exhort” “hardened”.
Conditional words, such as “unless” and “if” abound here. If a word is conditional, often a phrase is conditional EXCEPT!!!!
…when the context clearly shows it is not.
THe important phrase is the last one. “Could not enter in because of unbelief.”
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26, KJV)
“He feedeth on ashes: A deceived heart hath turned him aside, That he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20, KJV)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)
“For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” (Romans 7:11, KJV)
“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:18–23, KJV)
It is possible to recieve the word of God with joy, and think you are born again. It is possible to decieve yourself into thinking you are saved when you are not.
What do we learn from Hebrews 19? You have to enter in the narrow way. If you do not, it is because of unbelief.
This is why, many times, I’ve had someone want to argue aberrant theology with me, and after I begin to see they simply do not understand Scripture as I relay it, I finally give the warning…” You may not be saved.”
It usually has a bad effect… people explode on me when I say it, and the standard response is to accuse me of saying anyone who disagrees with me is not saved. Well, no. Anyone who disagrees with the Bible is either not saved or in serious rebellion.