Let us take a look at the characters in the New Testament who fell away from God.
Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
Do scriptures tell us that Judas was a real believer? No! In fact Jesus said that he was a thief. He loved money! He was greedy for gain like some believers today that follow Jesus just to get “blessed” with money. Judas Iscariot betrayed the Lord with a kiss. What does this tell you? That he was two faced! Judas could sit and sup with Jesus and watch all the miracles but all he had on his mind was the money that could be made from hanging around Jesus!
“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Mathew 6:24
Demas who left Paul.
Was this guy a real Christian? NO! Demas loved this present world and what does the bible say about those who love the world? That God’s love is not in him or in other words he is not saved.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:10
Hymenaeus and Alexander
Paul says that they were blasphemers. Are blasphemers true Christians? I don’t think so! When one teaches things contrary to scriptures then they are blaspheming. They were turned over to Satan because they did not love the truth. What does the Bible say about those who do not love the truth? They don’t have the truth!
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10
Who does the Bible say are preserved and kept until the end? The true born again Christian and God knows who are really his. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the preserving of the saints.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Jude 1:1, 2
Preserved in the Greek is tereo which means to attend to carefully, take care of, guard, keep safe, protect.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians .” 5:23
Sanctified in the Greek is hagiazō –consecrated and set apart for God.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24,
Is able in the Greek is- dynamai- to be capable, strong and powerful
Keep in the Greek is – phylassō – to guard a person (or thing) that he may remain safe, to guard from being lost or perishing, to keep from being snatched away, preserve safe and unimpaired
From falling in the Greek- aptaistos – exempt from falling
To present you in the Greek is – histēmi- to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set, to make firm, fix establish
Faultless in the Greek is – amōmos- morally: without blemish, faultless, unblameable
Before the presence in the Greek is- katenōpion- before God as judge
of his- glory in the Greek is – doxa- opinion, judgment, view, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace
So as you can see brethren, those who fall away from Jesus are those who are not saved in the first place. Those who are born of God overcome the world and the wicked one cannot touch them for God preserves them and keeps them from falling even unto the end!
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
“We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.” 1 John 5:18