Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5-8: 5. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?. 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Christian simply means “CHRIST LIKE”. The believers were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26) when their behaviour, mindset, values and manifestations were seen to be like that of Jesus. And that is how we are supposes to be today.
Your salvation is on three levels and you must experience all for your salvation to be complete.
Instant Salvation: this happens at the time of confession (Rom.10:9-10, John 3:8, 2Cor. 5:17)
Gradual Salvation: Phil.2:12. You have to be saved everyday, separating yourself from things that bring defilement. Gal. 5:16-21, Eph 2:1-22. “Eternal security” i.e. once you are saved, no matter what you do is a wrong doctrine, it is error, and it will take people to hell!
Ultimate Salvation: Matt.24:13, Heb. 3:6, 14. When you overcome till the end then you get saved ultimately, which is God’s goal for your life. The devil wants to stop people at stage one, so they can profess Christianity and still go to hell. Watch out.
The doctrine of just weights helps you to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, getting your life straight before God and your conscience void of offence.
WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?
- One who has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour (Matt.7:21-24)
- One who has become a new creature. (2Cor. 5:17, John 3:8-9)
- One who puts God first in all things. (Matt.10:35, Lk.14:18-19, 26, Lk.18:20, Lk.9:59-62.)
- One who has chosen God’s kingdom above the world and its glory. (1John 2:15-16, Phil.3:7-10, Col. 3:1, 1Cor.6:2, 2Cor.8:5, Lk.5:11). One who is ready to forsake all.
- One who is ready to forsake others for Jesus. (Joshua 24:15, Isa.8:18, Acts 21:9, Heb.11:24-26.)
- One who has not defiled himself with what is offered to idols. (Dan.1:8). In our day, the king’s meat means, latest fashion, styles, popular business, practice, relationships, operations that have sin mixed up with them.
- One who trembles to keep his conscience pure before God. (James 1:26-27.)