As I mentioned in the previous blog, this is the first of several blogs about the evidence that will be in our lives reflecting that we are indeed children of God. We must start here….
#1. True believers believe that Jesus is the Christ. I John 5:1
I don’t know that anyone could communicate it any clearer than Steve Green when he sang, “There is no other name but Jesus…”. What a powerful message that is not very popular with the world due to it’s need to be politically correct. Jesus himself is quoted in John 14:6 as saying that He is the way, the truth and the life. Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no other name by which men might be saved.
#2. If you are a true believer you will live in the light as Jesus is in the light. I John 5-7
If we say that we are in the light, yet live in spiritual darkness we are only lying and we are not practicing the truth. God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. So there is going to be a difference in our lifestyle verses the world’s lifestyle.
#3. If we are a true believer we will have a deep sense of our sinfulness. I John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. My friend, do you understand repentance? Are you humbled when you look at the enormous price our Savior had to pay on behalf of your sinfulness? I Corinthians 6:20 tells us we were bought with a price. The price that Christ paid for our sin was one that was very, very expensive. We are literally dead in our sins and transgressions. We were helpless to save ourselves and doomed to spend an eternity completely separated from God. Our state “in Adam” was a helpless state and only God could do anything about it. Out of His deep love for us even while we were yet sinners, Romans tells us, that Christ died for us. My friend, without Christ we were dead and doomed. When I think about what my sin caused our Savior to have to endure it breaks my heart and yet….I worship and reach out to Him because without him, as the hymn says, “how lost I would be.” I realize even now that my feeble attempts at righteousness is as filthy rags before Him. So you see, our only hope is Christ alone!
Well, I hope these are thought provoking for you and allows you to examine yourself as well. I was reading in Revelation 21 & 22 this morning and oh, what a glorious place we are going to be called to one day soon. I feel such an urgency to remind the church to examine herself! I feel such a burden to participate in the disciplining of the church because there is still much to be done and eternity is so close – even at our doors! The fields are rich and ripe with the harvest but our workers…..where are they? Many have been wounded and have abandoned their post. Many have fallen to temptation and are caught in the holds of sin. I’m telling you, our time is drawing nigh and many are lost all around us.
Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “yea, yea….people have been saying that, “the end is coming” or that, “we are living in the last days” for years now and we are still here!” First of all, we must be careful of our interruption of the term “last days”. We think that term means within the very near future. But in the Bible the term was used several times in the New Testament and that was over 2,000 years ago. So, it is important to note that the Hebrew term “the last days” can also be translated as “in the distant future” (NLT) or “in the days to come” (NIV). Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that the term “the last days” refers to an indeterminate period of time leading up to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Now, with that said, I will say that no other generation that has lived has seen what our generation is seeing. Prophecy fulfilled! If you are a student of eschatology (the study of end times) and you have been keeping up with what is going on in our world then you know what I am talking about. You are seeing events unfold and fall into the line of Bible prophecy like never before. My friend, it is amazing! It was behoove all of us to pay attention to the Word of God and what is going on in the world today….and literally….. for Heaven’s sake….let’s be busy accomplishing Kingdom agenda items!