Who does that individual represent
and how do we know that’s not us?
We are going to find out today! We will be taking a look at the standing, state, and signs of a believer’s relationship with God.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we STAND, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. | Romans 5:1-2
Our standing with God is our personal relationship with Him. It can be one of two things; we either are His children or not. To be His child means to have trusted in the finished work of Christ on the cross. That means that we:
- admit that we are sinners who have broken God’s law and are incapable of saving ourselves
- believe that Christ died on the cross for our sin and rose again, becoming victorious over sin, Satan, and death, and
- confess Him as the Lord of our life by committing to serve Him with our life from here on out.
When we have done that, our salvation is secured! We stand before God as His children. We no longer are viewed by God as sinners but as His redeemed people thru the saving work of Jesus Christ. Our standing is not determined by what we do but what Christ did!
I am convinced that NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. | Romans 8:38-39
Our state with God is where we are in our Christian walk. This is not based on how long you have been saved but rather your maturity as a believer. Some of us may be young in our faith, whereas others may be much more mature and experienced in our faith. Some of us may struggle with besetting sin and others of us may have been victorious over that same sin. None of us are perfect yet—that will only come when Christ calls us home. We are constantly being sanctified in our walk here on earth. The importance here is that our state does not affect our standing. There is nothing we can do that will be able to break our relationship as the children of God!
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING. | Philippians 2:12
So now let’s talk about the signs of believer who has a relationship with God. First and foremost, that individual at some point in their life must have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Secondly, after coming to the faith, they will also show signs of growing into the likeness of Christ. This involves a changed mindset, a consistent desire to practice righteousness, reject sin and worldliness, and pursue godliness.
Does that mean we will
never sin again?
As long as we are in this human body, we will fall to sin. But the difference is falling less to the same sin, and letting the Holy Spirit work in our life and becoming more transformed into Christ’s likeness with every passing day. There will be instances where we struggle more with sin in our lives, but God will never let us get away with it. He will be faithful in chastening us and bringing us back to Him. He loves us and desires for us to live holy lives. No true believer will feel comfortable with sin in their lives and accept it as part of their human nature. God will always convict the true believer! The important part is that we are unable to look at others and make that call, nor is it our responsibility. We never may know where another believer stands in their spiritual maturity, since that is between them and God. We can only encourage others to walk more in the likeness of Christ when we see signs of worldliness.
We are ultimately responsible for our own walk and to make that call within ourselves.
I read this poem earlier this week by John Newton, who was a famous hymn-writer in the 17th century. He describes how a believer sometimes struggles with their state:
‘Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought,
Do I love the Lord or no?
Am I his, or am I not?
If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!
Could my heart so hard remain,
Prayer a task and burden prove,
Every trifle give me pain,
If I knew a Savior’s love?
When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark and,
vain and wild,
Filled with unbelief and sin,
Can I deem myself a child?
If I pray, or hear, or read,
Sin is mixed with all I do;
You who love the Lord indeed,
Tell me, is it thus with you?
What does your pattern of life show?
Are you becoming more
transformed into Christ’s likeness?
We are called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. If you know you have believed in the Lord, then your salvation is secure! Let’s analyze ourselves and strive to live for the Lord more with each new day!