On Probation

Webster’s Dictionary provides the following definition of ‘Probation’: The early release of a law breakers who must be under supervision and must report as requested to a probation officer. 

You may ask, “What has that got to do with me?”. We are all, by Biblical definition, law breakers.  The Bible say that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Then we are told that the wages of sin is death. We are under the penalty of sin. We are law breakers.   

I do not want to seem harsh or legalistic, but there is a side of the gospel that must be presented.  In God, there is mercy and grace, and they call us to forgiveness. However, we must also acknowledge that with forgiveness of sin there comes responsibility.  Jesus said, “if you love me keep my commandments.” John 14:15

Once we are born again, care must be taken to maintain a life of obedience to life principles in scripture.  We are on probation as we move through life.  We are under the supervision of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures (Heb. 9:27) also tell us that it has been appointed to every man once to die, and after that the judgement.  We will report truthfully at judgement on the activities of our lives after we have been released from sin by the blood of Christ.

We are warned not to become entangled again in sin. In Gal. 5:1, the Apostle Paul advises, “ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”  Peter in II Pet. 2:20 admonishes us, “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”

Since you have gained your freedom, have you been in regular contact with the One who set you free? Have you been willingly following the leadership of the Holy Spirit?

~Brother Roy

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