The story of the rebels Korah, Datan and Aviram reveals the complete falsehood of one of the most popular teachings the Christian church has ever perpetuated on the masses.
I’m talking about the teaching known as “Eternal Security“.
The idea of “Eternal Security” is that once you’re grafted into Israel through your faith in the Jewish Messiah, there is nothing you can do to lose your redemption or salvation.
The story of Korah, Datan and Aviram demonstrates that we have been given the FREE WILL to reject our redemption if we so choose.
These three men and the hundreds who decided to side with them made a free-choice decision to go back to their former lives in Egypt.
They weren’t forced to go back.
Heck, they even went so far as to make themselves the new leaders who would take them and their cohorts back to Egypt.
Let’s get this clear.
These men chose to give up their salvation.
Don’t get me wrong.
I don’t believe there is any power in heaven or on earth that can take away our salvation.
And I don’t believe there is any place we can go to where our redemption would suddenly be rendered invalid.
But, and this is a BIG BUT, if of your own free will, you decide to “go back to Egypt“, you have essentially spit in your Savior’s Face and told Him you don’t want nor need the redemption God has so graciously provided you.
And God will respond with the chilling words “Your will be done“.
Not only does the story of Korah, Datan, and Aviram inform us that we can give back our salvation but the tragic results of what happens when we do is presented to us in quite graphic detail here in Numbers Chapter 16.
Koran, Datan and Aviram along with those who made the fatal mistake of joining them were destroyed, not only in this life but the next.
Once you reject the source of all life and goodness, there is no more hope and no more future for you.
You may have been a believer or maybe even a minister for years but once you make that decision to go back to Egypt, all the good work you did becomes as nothing.
And what is even more tragic is that our lack of faith can influence others to also reject their salvation and head back to Egypt.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THEN NEW TESTAMENT
“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener.
Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit,
he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit,
he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.
Right now, because of the word
which I have spoken to you,
you are pruned.
Stay united with me, as I will with you
— for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit
by itself apart from the vine,
so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.
I am the vine and you are the branches.
Those who stay united with me,
and I with them,
are the ones who bear much fruit;
because apart from me you can’t do a thing.
Unless a person remains united with me,
he is thrown away like a branch and dries up.
Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire,
where they are burned up.”