A believer is one who is growing in the knowledge of the risen Christ! He has confessed that Christ is Lord and believes in his heart that God delivered Him up (in death and burial) for our offences and raised him up for our justification (Rom 4: 25, 10:8-10). The believer has received the life of Christ and he is saved. He is no longer under condemnation (Jn. 3:17-19; 5:24; Rom. 8:1-2). He understands the essence of the finished work of Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).
What is the essence of the finished work of Christ? The reason Jesus came to the earth and ascended into heaven was to deal with the sin problem and reconcile humanity with God. The angel of God declared concerning the birth of Jesus, ”… and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21). John, the baptizer corroborated this when he said in Jn 1:29 ”… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” And once the sin problem was handled by Christ Jesus, it became possible for man to have a relationship with God. Jesus’ finished work made a way for man to be reconciled with God. Rom 5:1 says; Being Justified by faith, we have peace with God.
“Peace” in this context is not particularly referring to tranquility or an absence of war, it means to be joined to, to set as one again, signifying a union. Christ has made it possible for man to be joined in spirit with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17). Man now has access to the Father.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:13-18).
A believer in Christ is one who does not misapply or misconstrue scriptures to suit personal aspirations, whims and caprices. He does not misinterpret “spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus” as written by Apostle Paul in Eph. 1:3 to mean uncertain physical, mundane, earthly riches, as many do today. A believer remains true to the essence and intentions of the scriptures and makes the desires of His Father his hallmarks, hence, distinguishing him as truly a believer in Christ. These major distinguishing features or characteristics are summarised as follows; Adoration, communication and consecration.
We look at them in details in the subsequent parts…