Fallen from Grace







Twenty Examples of Beings Fallen from Grace

1.   Lucifer.  He was sinless and walked in the ways of God perfectly until he sinned (Ezekiel 28:11-17).  He fell from God's favor and was cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-14; Luke 10:8).  He became sinful and lustful (John 8:44) and destined to eternal hell (Matthew 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

2.    Holy angels.  Over one-third of God's holy angels rebelled with Lucifer (Rev. 12:3,7-12) and became destined to hell with Satan (Matthew 25:41; Isaiah 24:21).  Many of these committed the additional sin of fornication and are now in hell (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7).  Angels are sons of God (Genesis 6:1-4; Job 1:6; Job 2:1; Job 38:4-7) and yet those who sin are to be punished forever in hell, so sonship is no unforfeitable guarantee of heaven.

3.    Demons.  They were also created sinless and in God's grace and favor. That they sinned and are doomed to eternal hell is clear from their own admission of being worthy of punishment (Matthew 8:29; Mark 5:7; Luke 8:28-32; James 2:19).  Many of them are now in the abyss (Rev. 9).  See Demons or Unclean Spirits.

4.    Adam and Eve were created in God's grace or favor (Genesis 1:26-31). They fell from grace by sin and lost the eternal life they would have kept if they had not sinned (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-21; 2 Cor. 11:3).  Nothing is ever said of their salvation from sin.  They are not listed with the faith-worthies of the Old Testament (Hebrews 11).  Adam was still a sinner at the age of 810 years (Genesis 6:3).  He was a son of God (Luke 3:38).  Thus, again, sonship is proved not to be a guarantee of eternal life.  God promises to punish every angel or man who sins regardless of sonship or relationship (see 210 Plain Laws and Warnings).

5.    Adamites.  Every person born of Adam was once in grace in Adam and fell from grace or favor when Adam did, for they were in Adam's loins when he sinned.  This is why death passed upon all men (Romans 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; 2 Cor. 11:3).  If all people fell from the same favor Adam did and are commanded to regain grace in Christ, then it is settled that falling from grace and regaining it can happen more than once (note, Galatians 4:19).

6.    Many Israelites.  Before their sin in Exodus 32 they were born again (Deut. 32:18; Galatians 4:28-29), redeemed (Exodus 15:13; Deut. 21:8), sanctified (Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 20:8), converted (Psalm 19:7), in grace (Exodus 33:12-17; Psalm 84:11), had their names in the book of life (Exodus 32:32-33; had the same gospel we have (Galatians 3:6-14; Hebrews 4:2), and had other spiritual experiences (see Old Testament Spiritual Experiences). When they sinned they were cut off from God and were lost (Exodus 32:32-33; 2 Cor. 10:1-18; Hebrews 2:14; Jude 1:5).  Scores of times they forsook God and were cursed (Deut. 17:3; Deut. 29:26; Judges 2:11-23; Judges 3:5-14; Judges 4:1; Judges 5:31; Judges 6:1; Judges 8:28-35; Judges 10:6-11:33; Judges 12:7-13:1; Judges 20:13; 1 Samuel 2:12-36; 1 Samuel 3:11-14; 1 Kings 11:1-13,38-39; 1 Kings 12:25-33; 1 Kings 13:33-34; 1 Kings 14:16-31; 1 Kings 15:29; 1 Kings 16:2; 2 Kings 17:7-23; etc.).

7.    Nadab and Abihu, holy priests of God (Exodus 19:6; Exodus 22:31), were cut off in sin (Leviticus 10:1-20; Numbers 3:4).

8.    Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and other holy men of God were cut off by sin and went to Sheowl (OT:7585) (Numbers 16:1-3,23-33).

9.    Saul, who had a change of heart and received the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 10:9-13,21-24), went into spiritualism (1 Samuel 28; Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6).  He lost the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:12-23), and died by suicide and was cursed by God (1 Samuel 31:1-6; 1 Chron. 10:13-14).

10.  Many disciples of Jesus left Him and His grace and followed Him no more (John 6:66).  They believed for a while (Luke 8:13).  They drew back to perdition (Hebrews 10:26-39).  To receive Christ and confess Him for only a moment brings the new birth, so those who believed for awhile had grace to fall from (John 1:12; 1 John 5:1).

11.  Judas was once saved because:

(1)  He was a familiar friend of Christ (Psalm 41:9).  Would Christ call any unsaved man or the devil (as some suppose Judas to be) "mine own familiar friend"?

(2)  Christ trusted Judas at one time or He would not have said "in whom I trusted" (Psalm 41:9).  Hebrew: batach (OT:982), to confide in, as to be secure without fear.  Used in this sense 107 times.  Would He have confided in such a man if he had always been untrustworthy?

(3)  Judas ate of Christ's bread (Psalm 41:9).  This always assures eastern people of very personal and intimate friendship.

(4)  He had his name written in the book of life with the righteous (cp. Acts 1:20 with Psalm 69:25-28, ).

(5)  He was a bishop of the church Christ is building (Acts 1:20 with Psalm 109:8). 

(6)  He had part of the apostolic ministry (Acts 1:17,25).

(7)  Christ gave him power against unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and disease.  This was true of the twelve, Judas included (Matthew 10:1-4).

(8)  He was sent forth as one of the twelve to represent Christ among Israel (Matthew 10:5-6).

(9)  He was called to preach (Matthew 10:7).

(10)  He was commanded to heal the sick, cleanse lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils (Matthew 10:8; Mark 3:14-15; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1-2).

(11)  He freely received power to heal and it was commanded that he freely give (Matthew 10:8).

(12)  He had the peace of God to give to a home as did all others of the twelve (Matthew 10:13).

(13)  He was a sheep in the midst of wolves like others of the twelve (Matthew 10:16).

(14)  He had the Holy Spirit in him (Matthew 10:19-20).

(15)  He was ordained by Christ to the ministry as much as the others (Mark 3:14).

(16)  He was just as successful in preaching and healing as others (Mark 6:12-13; Luke 9:6,10).

(17)  He was an apostle, meaning he was one divinely called and sent to do the work of God (Luke 6:13; , Acts 15:33).

(18)  Judas fell by sin from the ministry and apostleship (Acts 1:25). How could he do this if he was always a sinner, as some say?

(19)  Satan entered into Judas at the close of Christ's ministry, proving that he was not always an agent of the devil, much less one from the beginning (Luke 22:3; John 13:2).  Therefore, he backslid and became a thief (John 12:6), a devil (John 6:70, Greek: adversary), and the betrayer.  To make Judas the very devil, a devil from the beginning, and an unsaved man never in grace is to ignore the plain facts of Scripture.

(20)  He once had eternal life, as proved from John 17:2 where we read of Christ giving eternal life "to as many as Thou hast given him."  Then in John 17:12 it is stated that of "those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition."  It is clear, then, that Judas was given to Jesus and Jesus had once given him eternal life.

12.  Ananias and Sapphira were saved and of one heart and one soul with all the church (Acts 4:32-5:1), until they agreed to lie to the Holy Ghost at which time they were killed (Acts 5:1-11).  "Great grace was upon them all," including Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 4:33; Acts 5:1).

13.  The Galatians who had begun in the Spirit and had received the Spirit were soon removed from Christ and grace (Jude 1:6).

14.  Demas, a preacher in the early church (Col. 4:14; Philemon 1:24) went back into sin, having loved this present world (2 Tim. 4:10).  If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him.  He is lost if he does not come back to God (1 John 2:15-17).

15.  Hymenaeus and Alexander were one time in the faith, but made shipwreck of it and put away faith (1 Tim. 1:19-20).

16.  Many others coveted money and erred from the faith (1 Tim. 6:10,21).

17.  Many young widows waxed cold toward Christ and cast off their first faith and were damned (1 Tim. 5:11-13).

18.  Hymenaeus and Philetus erred from the faith and overthrew the faith of others (2 Tim. 2:17-19).

19.  Apostates were once saved, but fell away and departed from the faith.  See  on Romans 1:21-32; Hebrews 6:4-9; Hebrews 10:26-29; 2 Peter 2:20-22.

20.  Many in the churches were once saved but later threatened with destruction if they did not repent (Rev. 2:5,10,16,20-23; Rev. 3:3,11,16).


Besides the above examples of being cut off from God because of sin, the Bible abounds with plain laws, commands and warnings of punishment for those who return to sin.  These make it clear that there are no unconditional promises and covenants in Scripture.  Passages where no conditions are expressed are automatically limited by hundreds of kindred verses stating conditions to be met.  It is not always necessary to state the conditions in every passage.  When stated in some, it is clear they apply to all companion scriptures.  For example, in 1 Chron. 22:10 God promises to establish Solomon's throne over Israel forever, but this unconditionally stated promise is based upon obedience as seen in the above points.

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The Bottom Line

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