Resisting Holiness, They Are Unbelievers
February 25, 2014
It is quite apparent that many who claim to be believers in the Gospel of Christ Jesus are not actually believers in His Gospel, nor in Him. Sure, they believe that they believe that Jesus is God and that He made atonement for their sins, but their faith is shallow or even something they merely imagine themselves to possess. This is obvious by the fact that they continue in weakness, still insist that they are slaves to sin (which a person is admitting if he claims to be experiencing that “can’t help but sin daily” syndrome), and cannot bring themselves to walk in “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph. 1:3) which God has granted to everyone who, through genuine faith (and thus submission), has learned to walk in the Truth. (same verse & 18-23 // John 8:31,32) For God’s power, which has been made available to us through the Gospel, and which is enacted by us through our obedience which comes from our true faith in Christ and His Gospel (Rom. 1:5,16 // Eph. 3:20), is certainly sufficient for living godly and victorious at all times (2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:5-10 & 5:4,5) –a reality these “Christian” unbelievers deny.
God has definitely called us to be holy. This calling entails holiness in mind, heart, and spirit, which is to be displayed through our Christ-like conduct. (Mt. 5:48 // 1 Peter 1:13-16 // 1 John 2:6) This holy blamelessness is what God, before time began, chose by way of Christ to do for us –we who abide in Christ through obedience because of our faith in Him and His Gospel. (John 15:10 // Rom. 1:5 // Eph. 1:4 // 1 Thes. 4:7)
God calls us to this holiness (not a mere claim of Christ’s holiness imputed, but a holiness of being and behaving) because without this no one may be in fellowship with the Lord. (Mt. 5:8 // Heb. 12:14) Without separating oneself from all that is unclean, God will not receive us to be His own / to be His children. (Lev. 20:2-26 // 2 Cor. 6:17,18) It is our responsibility and choice to do this, obeying God’s commands to “purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1) so that we can perfect our holiness because, and through, our reverence for God. (same verse)
Therefore, due to our reverence and love, going back to anything of the dark realm (which endangers and can even sever our fellowship with God) is nothing a person clothed with, and abiding in, the Light of God (Jesus / Truth) does. (2 Cor. 6:14 // John 3:21 & 14:15,23 // Rom. 13:12 // 1 John 1:5-7) For we have made the pledge to live the rest of our lives for God’s will (1 Peter 3:21 & 4:2) by letting Christ live His life through us. (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20) Those who refuse this teaching are unbelievers. They do not believe in God’s all-sufficient power to bring true rebirth (true and full purity) to humans because they are not truly believing in Christ’s promises, words, or Gospel.
There are many unbelievers among us. Some are just pretending they believe, but most seem to really believe they believe. However, their actions, and even their teachings, prove that they do not and that they will be excruciatingly shocked when Jesus returns. (Luke 13:23-28 // 2 Thes. 1:7-10 // Jude 1:4) It would therefore be wise of the rest of us to view them as we should. (2 Tim. 3:5)