The Unchanging Truth About the Believer _Part 5
The believer is who the Word says he is and it is through a heart established in grace that he corrects his wrong and bad actions. He uses the unchanging truth about who he is in Christ to change those bad habits and seemingly wrong behaviour. He conducts his affairs by consistently affirming who he is in Christ thereby developing a new mindset for godly lifestyle.
It is worth nothing that every time the writers of the epistles pointed the attention of their readers to who they were in Christ, they also showed them what they should do with that unchanging truth. There are instructions to follow from the standpoint of your position in Christ.
Take for instance, when Apostle Peter said
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Pet. 1:23).
He continued in the next chapter
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:1-2).
The term “wherefore” connotes “For this reason…” “As a result or because of this”
Our new status enforces a new lifestyle
Because we are born again by the incorruptible seed of the Word through the Gospel of Christ, we lay aside all malice, all guile and hypocrisies, envies and evil speakings as we desire the unadulterated meal of the Word which brings about spiritual growth.
Did you notice that it is the same Word by which we were born again that causes us to grow up spiritually? You cannot be born again by one spiritual material and grow up on a different one.
Look at what Apostle Peter said again in 2 Pet. 3:18
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever”
How then do we grow in this grace?
Apostle James, after he had said
”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)
Went further to say
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (Jam. 1: 21-25).
You grow by doing the WORD. You do the Word by consistently looking at the manner of man you have become in Christ. You are not like the man who looks at his natural face in the mirror in the morning and forgets the kind of face he saw as the day progresses..
Spiritual growth hinges on remembering!
You can’t afford to forget who you are! This is what the Apostle called “doing the Word and being blessed in your deed”
To be Continued...