What is a Believer?
A lot of times many denominations or organizations divide themselves based on certain doctrines. When asked what it means to be a Christian many will begin by explaining their denomination’s central doctrine.
The thing is, the core of our Christian belief starts with repentance, a recognizing of our depravity and turning away from it, which ALONE brings the Spirit of God, which ALONE guides the believer to the truth. These contentions and arguments cause nonbelievers to be turned away from the faith. When we deviate from the gospel message we must catch ourselves and examine what is really going on. 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us, ”Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified”
What a Believer Must Do.
We must examine whether or not our fellow brothers and sisters are seeking truth from a broken and contrite heart. Even if we view things differently. If God is on the throne in your life, then you understand that He is in control of all the aspects of your life.
This means to stand for truth as it is revealed to you, but it does mean not to separate and divide yourself based on these differences. This was as much a problem in the 1st century as it is today. 1 Corinthians 1:10 says, ”Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Especially if both sides are earnestly seeking truth from a repentant heart. We all have different revelations and knowledge from God, given to us according to His distribution, some a lot more, some are just starting. Even within denominations, everyone doesn’t agree with everyone. Regardless of where we are at, we must seek unity within the body. We must love each other and encourage each other, and pray for each other. We must ask God to continually reveal Himself to us, not only to the person we think has it wrong. Let us continually pray for truth within the body.
We must understand that we are all sinners in need of grace. As cliche as that sounds, it is the answer to the problem, the key to the door of salvation. When God sees true repentance, He promises His Spirit. When God sees that we understand our righteousness is as filthy rags, and that we surrender to his absolute will, then does he provide His spirit. It is His Spirit which gives us the ability to walk in His power.
Once one acknowledges this fact, then it is possible to turn from it and make right our relationship with our creator. We will seek to do what is objectively correct which is revealed to us in the scriptures! That is our final authority and through a contrite and sincere heart, God provides us the strength to be transformed as stated in Romans 12 verse 2 and 3, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according to as God hath dealt with every man the measure of faith.”
Only His Spirit guides us to live a God-conscious life if we are willing and sensitive to His voice. When we recognize our guilt that lies in our depravity and hands it over to the only one who can do something about it, then He promises His Spirit, which is with us as long as we allow it. We will be like the trees planted by rivers of water whose leaf shall not wither! Now the question is what is our real purpose after conversion and for the rest of our time here?