I think everyone should understand what we are trying to do in this Sunday morning teaching. We are now considering the five most studied and contested verses in the New Testament. The church has been divided over these frightening words for centuries. Which means we will have to pray and we will have to think as we approach the Word right now.
The last thing we're going to do in this teaching is re-apply the practical encouragement in the context of these verses. They are, like all verses in your Bible, meant to deepen your walk with Christ.Yes, there are things "...hard to explain"(5:11). But that doesn't make them less important or less helpful. And we certainly are smack in the middle of "things hard to explain" in this morning's text.
The big division over these verses is simple to state. It's the details that get mirky. The big division, oversimplified for sure, is whether a genuine believer can ever become an unbeliever. Can a truly regenerate person lose his or her standing in Christ? Can salvation be lost?