“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
Relationships are a process. They are an ongoing process of love, faith and dedication. It is a connection through work and effort from both sides. The relationship ends when one or the other no longer partakes in the process.
We have a personal relationship with Christ. It too is an ongoing process. We didn’t accept Christ into our life then forget about Him. We maintain our relationship with Him through prayer, supplication, meditation, obedience and through His word.
Being “partakers of Christ” is a process. It is a process that can end if we so choose to end it. There is no such thing as once saved, always saved for that does not account for the relationship process. You don’t get married to your spouse then ignore them for the rest of your life. No you engage in that relationship and work at making it grow, otherwise you find yourself divorced.
Notice in the verse from Hebrews the one key word in which everything hangs on. It is the word, “if”.
“For we are made partakers of Christ, IF we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end”.
We are partakers of Christ, we are in a relationship with Christ if and only if we maintain and continue that relationship until we are finally called home.
Earlier in Hebrews 3 the Psalmist says, “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
“IF”, we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope unto the end.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ is an ongoing and on-growing process, “IF” we choose to allow it to be so. Remember Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16). So Christ isn’t going anywhere. It is us that need to be cognizant of the relationship and be careful that we hold on tight to the Lord and the salvation that can only come through Him. We must “hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end” and we must “hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
We must maintain our relationship with Christ, “Unto the end”. Otherwise, just like in any marriage we will find our self divorced from the very thing we had laid claim to.
For we are made partakers of Christ IF…..