And yet, as rough a fall as that was, it is nothing compared to a spiritual fall. And should I think that a saved person cannot fall, hear Paul’s warning to the Galatian brethren: You who would be justified by the law are severed from Christ; you are fallen away from grace. Gal 5:4. If they can be severed from Christ, they were once in Him; if they can fall from grace, they once stood upon its peak. As Paul said earlier in the epistle, I should not listen to anyone who tells me otherwise, not even an angel from heaven.
And that fall will not bring skinned knees and an aching neck. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, their last state is worse than the first. 2 Pet 3:20. That fall will cost my soul. My bruises and abrasions will eventually heal, but spiritual injuries will not, without repentance.
Isn’t it interesting how many physical terms the Holy Spirit uses to get across his point? Perhaps any physical fall we take should make us stop and examine where we stand spiritually as well. We might stop just in time, one step before the edge, and save ourselves a headlong spiritual fall that will cost us more than a little skin.
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me, and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all the day long…In you O Jehovah, do I hope. You will answer, O Lord my God. For I said, lest they rejoice over me. When my feet slip, they magnify themselves against me. For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me…Forsake me not, O Jehovah. O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation. Psalm 38:12, 15-17, 21, 22.