The Unchanging Truth About the Believer_Part 4
We have established unequivocally that what God has made the believer in Christ will never change. It is possible for a believer to short change himself through ignorance or lack of commitment (in meditation and practice) to the truth of God’s Word about him but it does not change who the Word says he is. What God has spoken concerning the believer is eternal. He is an offspring of God’s Word.
“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures” (Jam. 1:18).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1Pet. 1: 3-4).
These words are firm, steadfast and irreversible!
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein” (Heb. 13:8-9).
We are told not to be carried about with all kinds of strange doctrines
What are these doctrines? Why are they strange?
They do not uphold the consistency found in Christ
He is the same yesterday today and forever! Jesus Christ the WORD of God does not change. It is strange when a believer is told he is the righteousness of God in Christ today, then tomorrow he is told that he is no more one because of a shortcoming or a sin. That does not point to the consistency of the character of the One who made him righteous.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21). If that righteousness was not gotten by his act of righteousness, it cannot be lost by an act of unrighteousness.
Strange doctrines(teachings) unsettle the heart of a believer.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6-7).
The word “removed” in this verse suggests an idea of changing sides, to exchange a truth for a lie, to be transported or transferred from a reality to what is no longer existent. This happened to these believers. They had been taught “the unchanging truth” about who they were! They had been shown it was all by the grace of Christ yet some came to trouble them, to unsettle or upset their minds, to sow seeds of doubts and fear into their hearts. It was a call back to Judaism which was legalism. Paul called it “another gospel” It sounded like a balance to the one they had heard. When you hear stuff like “It is not all by grace…” This is a message that appeals to the intellect but does not uphold the integrity of God’s Word. What men call “balance” God calls falsehood! It is another gospel. It is a perversion of the truth.
Nevertheless, it’s a good thing for the heart of a believer to be established by grace and not with meats which has not helped those who follow such rules. Usually those who are bound by rules and rituals are struggling to keep them, only the truth found in Christ brings true freedom and joy (Jn. 8:32; Rom 8:1-2; Gal 5:1).
The believer is who Christ has made him.
He has passed from death unto life, he’s in dwelt by the Spirit
“Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves” (1 Cor. 6:19 BBE).
He is a citizen of heaven
“Our citizenship, however, is in heaven, and it is from there that we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah” (Phil 3:20).
Heaven is not the aim of a believer, it’s his current abode.
Nothing can change this, just like a man who is sure two plus two is four, so is the born again man certain of who he is in Christ.
To be Continued…