My thoughts on “Apostasy.”

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Psalm 22[a]

To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] Aijeleth Hashshahar [the hind of the morning dawn]. A Psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You answer not; and by night I am not silent or find no rest.

3 But You are holy, O You Who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].

4 Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted (leaned on, relied on You, and were confident) and You delivered them.

5 They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, andconfidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded ordisappointed.

6 But I am a worm, and no man; I am the scorn of men, and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh at me and mock me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8 He trusted and rolled himself on the Lord, that He would deliver him. Let Him deliver him, seeing that He delights in him!

9 Yet You are He Who took me out of the womb; You made me hope andtrust when I was on my mother’s breasts.

10 I was cast upon You from my very birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.

11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near and there is none to help.

12 Many [foes like] bulls have surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan have hedged me in.

13 Against me they opened their mouths wide, like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it is softened [with anguish] and melted down within me.

15 My strength is dried up like a fragment of clay pottery; [with thirst] my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You have brought me into the dust of death.

16 For [like a pack of] dogs they have encompassed me; a company of evildoers has encircled me, they pierced my hands and my feet.

17 I can count all my bones; [the evildoers] gaze at me.

18 They part my clothing among them and cast lots for my raiment (a long, shirtlike garment, a seamless undertunic). )

19 But be not far from me, O Lord; O my Help, hasten to aid me!

20 Deliver my life from the sword, my dear life [my only one] from the power of the dog [the agent of execution].

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth; for You have answered me [kindly] from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise You.

23 You who fear (revere and worship) the Lord, praise Him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him. Fear (revere and worship) Him, all you offspring of Israel.

24 For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard.

25 My praise shall be of You in the great congregation. I will pay to Him my vows [made in the time of trouble] before them who fear (revere and worship) Him.

26 The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord—they who [diligently] seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him [as their greatest need]. May your hearts be quickened now andforever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall bow down and worship before You,

28 For the kingship and the kingdom are the Lord’s, and He is the ruler over the nations.

29 All the mighty ones upon earth shall eat [in thanksgiving] and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.

30 Posterity shall serve Him; they shall tell of the Lord to the next generation.

31 They shall come and shall declare His righteousness to a people yet to be born—that He has done it [that it is finished]!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 22:1 “This is beyond all others ‘The Psalm of the Cross.’ It may have been actually repeated by our Lord when hanging on the tree; it would be too bold to say so, but even a casual reader may see that it might have been. It begins with, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ and ends [with the thought], ‘It is finished.’ For plaintive expressions uprising from unutterable depths of woe, we may say of this psalm, ‘There is none like it’” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David). Quoted in the Gospels (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34; and alluded to in Matt. 27:35, 39, 43 and John 19:23-24, 28) as being fulfilled at Christ’s crucifixion.

I don’t think it is hard to be saved. I think however we want to make it hard to be saved. I also believe we sometimes act as if we are God’s policemen for his justice. I believe that was what led Adam to fall. God is and still is the keeper of his justice. He entrusts it only to one man. That man executed it perfectly on the cross. Let me tell you sometime interesting, the justice of God is already meted. Its history.

Romans 3:26
Amplified Bible (AMP)
26 It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time ([a]in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.

I do find it strange at times when people brings up the issue of apostasy and say hence the persons loses his salvation. Personally it has to go down as not understanding the mechanics of how one is saved. People at times look at their salvation on an individual basis. I would like to look at it from the perspective of the perfect union of the divine and human of the man who died on the cross.

I believe the greatest ‘loss of faith’ happened on the cross, where for a moment in time, Jesus became sin. Reading the Bible carefully you would note that he was quoting Psalm 22 and you would also note the Father never left him. Contrary to popular belief, God did not turn his face away from Jesus.

“24 For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; NEITHER has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard.”

Now here’s where I am going to say something controversial. When Jesus cried out “My God, my God why have thou forsaken me?”, I submit to you Jesus lost faith in his Father. That might be a huge leap you may say. Know this, he became sin. He became sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21

King James Version (KJV)

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

I believe Jesus as a man, at that moment and for a brief moment when he became sin lost his faith in his Father.

“1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You answer not; and by night I am not silent or find no rest.
3 But You are holy, O You Who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].
4 Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted (leaned on, relied on You, and were confident) and You delivered them.
5 They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded or disappointed.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; I am the scorn of men, and despised by the people.”

Some say that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. Hence he could not have lost faith in his father. I agree with that. However, do not forget he was made sin for us. Think about it, if the Father left Jesus when he became sin, he wouldn’t have the perfect God.

Jesus as the perfect Man became sin altogether. He did become sins. The moment he became sin, he shouted to God “Why have you forsaken me?” It wasn’t a cry of abandonment. It was a cry of disbelief. Jesus is becoming sin announced the mother of all sins. Unbelief.

Jesus in becoming sin was saying His God abandoned him. Yet the Father was in Christ reconciling the whole world to Himself in Christ. People speaks so much about God leaving you in your moment of sin and faithlessness.

He didn’t leave Jesus when he became sin and when he became faithless. He will not leave you. On a side note, Jesus when he became sin, became sin for you. Hence when he died as you, your faithlessness is also remembered no more.

I know many of you would perhaps have your stones aimed at me already. This note is not for you. It is for the person who left the faith. Jesus as your representative also lost faith in his Father. The Father never left Jesus despite of it. The Father will never leave you. Here is where it really becomes relevant. Jesus as us experienced what it is to lose faith in God, yet God delivered him.

You must understand Psalm 22 is about Jesus as man on the cross, Psalm 23 Jesus as a man in the tomb and Psalm 24 about Jesus ascension as Lord as a man. So when the Psalmist declares “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me”, he is actually declaring how the Father was with Jesus despite he had become sin for us.

That is why “it is said, even if we are faithless, he is faithful for he cannot deny himself”. You see, I believe on the cross, it wasn’t the Father who left Jesus, it was Jesus as us who lost faith in Him, yet He was there, when Jesus became fully sin. It was humanity’s cry of accusing God of forsaking us. It was us on that cross giving up on us.

Yet, God as expressed in verse 24 of Psalm 22 says “has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from Jesus, but when he cried to Him, He heard.” I can understand many of you will disagree with me. I would know why. This is something I believe only few would see. Jesus died for our sins of apostasy when he was on the cross. The Father never left him but for that moment, Jesus as man and as sin, lost his faith in His God. He thought God had abandoned him.

I pray not for those who be enraged by this note but for those who are ashamed to return to the faith. I repeat myself “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13. We are joined together. We have become him and he us.

Let him who have ears let him hear.

P.S. This is a short note to the one who persistently calls me a heretic because of this note, I find it strange that you would believe that a man who is once saved always saved and yet argue that a man who apostate will lose his salvation.

1 Comment

  1. Interesting note Simon… You might want to check out Heb 5:7. I believe it might confirm what you have shared. Blessings

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