Monday, February 17, 2014

Genuine Believers in Christ

by Unknown

We've died once to the penalty of sin:
we die daily to the power of sin;
and one day we will be free from the presence of sin.

Therefore, by God's grace, a genuine believer in the Lord Jesus Christ:
  1. Practices Righteousness
    "If you know that He is righteous, you know this as well: everyone who does what is right has been born of Him." 1 John 2:29
  2. Stops Practicing Sin
    "Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God." 1 John 3:9
    "We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the Onea who is born of God keeps him,b c and the evil one does not touch him." 1 John 5:18
  3. Loves Other Christians
    "Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7
  4. Believes that Jesus is the Christ
    "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent also loves his child." 1 John 5:1
  5. Is An Overcomer of the World
    "because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith." 1 John 5:4
Notice: as we do what is right, we stop doing what is wrong. No one in this life stops sinning altogether. That is a dangerous slope to be on thinking that you can achieve a sinless state in this life. We will love other believers in the Lord; believe that Jesus is the only sacrifice for our sins; and that we live in victory as an overcomer of the world.

Sanctification is a process, beloved, and these things above should not lead us to despair, but to rejoicing in the wonderful salvation that our Lord has graced us with. Take refuge in this: God is a much greater Savior, than you are a sinner. Do you believe that? Can you rest in that truth? Will you find security in His grace? Amen and amen that "salvation is of the Lord."