1 Pet 1:22-25
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
24 because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Peter clearly understood that we have something to say about the outcome of our faith. We have the daily, moment by moment opportunity to obey the truth. That ongoing decision constitutes our “believing”, set into action. And Peter tells us that the Word of God is what saves us, and keeps us saved.
It is that truth that was behind Jesus revealing to the Jewish believers that they could choose to continue in Him, and in so doing, could come into freedom.
30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
If you abide.
The inference of what Jesus said, above, is that the initial step of “believing” to enter one’s salvation experience is just that: believing to enter into one’s salvation experience. Accepting the free gift, the price that was paid.
But the believer’s ongoing choice to continue in His words has always been the key to freedom.
This explains why many saints remain bound up. They are forgiven of their past lives, but sadly remain servants to that which controls them. It is the continuance in His Word that will set us free.
James, Jesus’ brother, puts it this way:
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
“….and continues in it”. That is the blessed one, the one set free.
All that said, as we see The Day approaching, we would be naïve to think that our Adversary would not do everything he could to distract us from the perfection of the Word of God, which will endure forever.
Read other books. Read commentaries. Good things have been written by good people. But it is all coming down to just one book, The Book. The Word of God that endures forever, and by which we will all be judged.
When good folks come forth with good opinions, interesting theories on Christian living and on the things of God, listen to the good ones. But weigh them against the Word of God. Opinions, plans, theories, thoughts, won’t matter someday.
It is enlightening to read some old doctrinal writings of some long-gone saints of God as they sought to defend the Scriptures from doctrines brought forth, during their time, that had the Church in a lather. And today those off-kilter doctrines now seem ridiculous to us.
Likewise, I believe some of the currently appealing doctrines swirling around the Church will also fade into silliness. It is the Word of God that endures forever. Our safety is in knowing the Word of God, so that we will not be vulnerable to smooth-sounding thoughts of men, or worse.
And know that in knowing the Word of God, you will be knowing your Jesus:
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
All Scriptures NKJV.