Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
where other seed fell, denotes the man that heareth the word, and at first receives it with pleasure:
some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth, and it soon sprang up, for want of a sufficient depth of earth.
by the stony ground is understood such persons as receive indeed the doctrines they hear, with joy: but for want of resolution, believe only occasionally, and desert when the trial comes.
every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he takes away: as for the branch that bears fruit, he prunes it clean, to make it more fruitful.
Whereas we have been appriz'd, that some who went from us, have embarass'd you with their discourse, and unsettled your minds, maintaining, that you ought to be circumcised, and to observe the law, though we gave them no such injunction: after having been assembled,
nay, among your own body some will start up to vent their intricate conceits, and draw a number of followers.
2 Peter 2:20
As for those who have renounc'd the pollutions of the world, by their owning Jesus Christ for their Lord and saviour, if they are prevail'd upon to be entangled therein again, their last state is worse than the first.
these are they who distinguish themselves, though they are sensual, and have nothing that is spiritual.
However, the divine promise cannot but have its effect. for they are not the whole of Israel, who are descended from Israel:
in like manner at this time there is also a remnant chosen by the divine favour;
1 Corinthians 11:19
for there must be factions among you, whereby it will appear who among you are the approved.
2 Timothy 3:9
but they will be stop'd in their career; for they shall be expos'd to the world for impostors, as those magicians were.
as for us, we are not such as desert to their own destruction; but such as persevere in the faith, to the saving of our souls.