On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. Much time was given to considering an appropriate motto. They finally chose the Latin phrase Semper Fidelis . Semper Fidelis is engraved on the mind of very United States Marine. What does it mean? ALWAYS FAITHFUL! Because faithfulness is so important, the Bible repeatedly warns us not to “fall away.” The clearest warning is Heb. 6:48. In this passage, the saved possess five characteristics: 1. They are “enlightened,” i.e., they possess true knowledge and understanding of the gospel. 2. They “have tasted of the heavenly gift,” the gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). 3. They “have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,” having drunk the living water (Jn. 7:37-39; 1 Cor. 12:13). 4. They “have tasted the good word of God,” having believed & received its promises. 5. They have tasted “the powers of the age to come,” referring to the already experienced resurrection from spiritual death (Eph. 2:5; Col. 2:12-13), in anticipation of the future redemptive resurrection of the body. T his passage speaks of true Christianity. Therefore, if one “falls away” from the saved state, “it is impossible to renew them again to repentance” (v.6); impossible for a fallen person to return WHILE or AS LONG AS they are “crucifying again” and “putting to open shame” the Son of God (v.6). We must always “abide in Him” (John 15:5). Therefore, a Christian is not just faithful when it’s personally convenient, or when the circumstances will guarantee his personal happiness. A Christian is ALWAYS FAITHFUL , regardless of personal convenience or happiness.
Read Rev. 2:10. A Christian practices Semper Fidelis !
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