Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Take care, brothers, that there is no unbelieving heart among you that departs from [aphstemi] the living God" (Hebrews 3:12 Darby).

The Greek verb aphistemi means to abandon, to go away, to turn round, to fly away, to rebel; it is the origin of the words apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) and divorce (Matthew 5:31). Apostasy is an estrangement from God due to the heart’s unbelief caused by sin’s seduction. The apostasy of a sinful man drives him as far as to declare himself God.

The cure for apostasy is mutual exhortation and daily encouragement to hold firm to the foundation laid down by Christ. Since we are co-workers with God, if we depart from Him or His word, we take the risk of seeing our very fabric waste away (1 Corinthians 3:9-15).