The Norman Transcript


May 9, 2014

Arising after the fall

NORMAN — “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” is a running gag for most Americans. It is applicable in so many of life’s moments of the day.

Of course, if you or a member of your family has actually been in an event that found you unable to get up after a fall, it’s not a laughing matter.

The Bible has many references to falling such as “Pride comes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before a fall,” (Prov. 16:18). Or the parable of the wise man building on rock and the house stands through the storms. The foolish man builds on the sand and his house didn’t survive the storms. “And great was its fall,” (Matthew 7:24-27).

There are three references to falling that are really frightening. In the book of Romans, Paul says they we all sin and therefore, “fall short” of God’s desired glory of man, being in a physical, daily walk with the One who created us. By accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God’s desire becomes a reality. Our sins are forgiven, God’s Spirit lives in every believer and we have daily fellowship with Him. We can be picked up from this fall by taking the hand of the Savior, Jesus.

In Hebrews, the writer mentions another fall, people who have “tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age, and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are re-crucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt,” (Hebrews 6:5 and 6). I don’t believe that means they have lost their salvation, but that they have stopped walking in their faith. These fallen can get back on their feet by confessing their sin to God and believe that He will not only forgive them but restore the fellowship (1 John 1:9).

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