For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
I don’t want to go to Hell. So, the reality of being saved from Hell is a beautiful comfort. I don’t want to live in unrighteousness, either. And so, being saved from this is also a beautiful comfort. In the same way that I couldn’t save myself from Hell, I couldn’t save myself from unrighteousness behavior - I needed God for both salvations. We all do.
If we want to live in the way God has called us to live, we can’t “muscle” our way through. We need the Spirit of God. It is too easy for you to fall back into the ways of the World; lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. God never intended for you to go back.
Jesus died on the cross in order to free you from both Hell and unrighteousness. The Bible warns us not to return to our “vomit.” Did you know that vomit is the body’s way of getting rid of things that disagree with your stomach? Jesus has saved you for righteousness. You are a new creation, so don’t return to the things that have been expelled for having been in disagreement with the new Spirit inside of you.
There is more available to you than a “Get out of Hell Free” card. There is power to live righteously, the same way Jesus did. God has not destined you to return to the sin that he has freed you from. He has equipped you to stay free from the grip of sin. The Bible will supernaturally fill you with faith and wisdom to avoid the enemies traps but you must be aware.
When we learn of all that Jesus died for we can walk in victory. We have the Spirit living in us; the same one who raised Jesus from the dead. Let’s not take the Spirit back to where we came from (and the very reasons for which Jesus died), instead let’s allow the Spirit to take us to new places.
Ryan A. Sturgis is founder/writer @ At the Fountain Ministries, author of Working Out What God Has Worked In, and blogger at @FeetingJesusBlog (FB).