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142 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
stantly growing in CHARACTER, toward perfection, even though
not yet perfect.
What
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One Dies?
But, someone may ask, what if one's life is cut off, and he dies
be–
fore
he has attained this perfection? Is he saved, or lost? The an–
swer is that we shall never obtain absolute perfection in
this
life.
1said, earlier, that a person who is converted does receive the
Holy Spirit ata
de.finite time- a/1 at once!
Not the full measure
Christ had - he is not at once full grown spiritually - only a spiri–
tual babe in Christ. Yet he is then a changed, converted person -
changed in mind, in attitude, in the
direction
he has set himself to
travel. Even though he has not yet reached perfection - even
though he may have stumbled under temptation, and taken a spir–
itual fall - as long as, in his mind and heart, he is earnestly striv–
ing to travel Goo's
w
AY, to overcome and grow spiritually - as
long as God's Spirit is in him - as long as he is being LED BY the
Spirit of God, he is a begotten SoN OF Goo.
If, anywhere along this life's journey, that life is cut short,
such a man will be resurrected - saved - immortal in God's
Kingdom.
Never Give Up and Quit
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is only the one who QUITS and GIVES UP (Hebrews 10:38)- who
REJECTS God, and God's WAY, and rejects Christ as his Savior–
who neglects or turns FROM this direction of Goo's WAY,
in his
mind and heart
(in his inner INTENT) who deliberately and in–
tentionally in his mind - or, from
continued
neglect - TURNS
FROM Christ - who is lost.
If,
once having been converted, having received God's Spirit,
and TASTED of the joys of Goo's WAY, one deliberately rejects that
way, makes the DECISION, not under stress of temptation. but
de–
liberately
and
.final/y,
NOT to go God's way, then God says it is IM–
POSSIBLE to renew such a one to repentance. He would have to
REPENT of that decision. But if he WILLFULLY made it, not in a
time of temptation, but calmly, deliberately, willfully, then he just
WILL NOT ever repent of it.
But anyone who FEARS he may have committed the "un-