The Bible warns us continually to beware of false Christians; in Matthew 13:25 Jesus calls them TARES (weeds that look very much like wheat, but are not real wheat). Jesus tells us that Satan, His enemy has planted these false Christians in the Church to try and drag the TRUE Christians away from Jesus. Jesus also tells us clearly that in the last days, referring to our time period, that the majority of Christians will not be true Christians, but false Christians. See Revelation 3:14 forward.
We are going to look at some verses in the Bible which will paint the picture for us, of what the true Christian should be, and of the amazing blessings God has in store for them.
Romans 8:14 tells us that “the true children of God, are the Christians who are led by the Spirit of God’. v 16 goes on to say that “the Spirit of God gives us the assurance in our hearts that we are God’s children”. v 17 says “if we are God’s children then we are also His heirs, and we are Joint Heirs with Christ and if we suffer for Him we shall also be glorified with Him.”
So how do we suffer for Christ? For many people in many countries today, this involves being killed because of their testimony of faith in Jesus, becoming a Martyr. For us here, it is through the persecution that we go through from our worldly friends and work mates when they taunt us and ridicule us for being Christians, and because we refuse to go along with them and be part of their wicked ways.
2 Peter 1:4 takes us a step further and tells us that “God has made exceedingly great and precious promises to us, that through these promises we can share with Him in His divine nature, — because of the fact that we ran away from corruption and from the desires and lusts of the world”.
It gets even better as we are told in Eph 1:4 “Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes, v 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.”
We have been adopted by God the Father to be part of His family, sons and daughters of God. As 1 John 3:2 tells us, “Yes, dear friends, we are already God’s children, and we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is”.
So what other surprises does God have for us?
Well I have what may be a surprise to many people, and even to many true Christians. Spiritually a true Christian is no longer a Gentile, he has become a Jew. Paul puts it like this. Rom 11:17 “But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree, some of the Jews, have been broken off ” (because of their unbelief) “and you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, were grafted in,” (you now become part of Abraham’s tree, that is Israel), “so now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in God’s rich nourishment of his special olive tree.”
Who are God’s chosen people? Israel are, so if we are now part of God’s chosen people and have been adopted by Him, we therefore become Jews in God’s eyes, spiritually at least, even if not in the worlds eyes. Spiritually we are Jews, and Satan knows that, and that is why he wants all the Jews (Israelis) dead, and he wants all Christians dead just as much!!!
Finally, we are engaged to be Jesus’ Bride. As in Jewish custom, Jesus made an offer of marriage to all who would trust in Him. The “Bride Price” he paid, was His own life. He also gave his bride a gift before He left her, (like we give an engagement ring) Jesus gave His bride the Holy Spirit as a gift to help keep her strong until He comes back. Then He told her to wait and be ready and watching.
In Jewish custom, the bridegroom can come at any time, night or day, and he would expect his bride to be packed and ready to leave with him for his fathers house immediately. That is Jewish custom, and that is what Jesus has done for us. Paul says in 2Co 11:2 I am jealous over you, just as God is; you are like a pure virgin whom I have promised in marriage to one man only, Christ himself. True Christians will be part of Jesus’ spiritual bride.
So then, let us summarise the amazing blessings of the TRUE Christians? 1. They have become God’s children. 2. They have been adopted into God’s family. 3. They will share in the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children 4. They have been made joint heirs with Christ in all God’s blessings. 5. They will be transformed and made just like him when He comes. 6. They will participate with Christ in the divine nature of God. 7. They are Spiritually, part of God’s chosen people Israel. 8. They will be part of Jesus’ Spiritual Bride.
That means we are no longer free to do as we want, we cannot continue living in sin. We cannot continue to live for ourselves, or for our own pleasure. 1 Cor 6:19 says, “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, v 20 for God bought you with a high price, So now you must honour God with your body”. We belong to Jesus. We are engaged in a legally binding contract. Therefore we must guard our life from sin and evil, and keep ourselves pure for Jesus, to the very best of our ability, (no one is perfect – yet, but we must rtry to be.) In Summary :-
True Christians will keep themselves pure for Jesus, their bridegroom.
True Christians will be ready, watching and waiting for the return of their bridegroom at ALL times.
True Christians will run away from the desires and lusts of this world.
True Christians will love Israel, and Israelis, Jesus earthly family.
True Christians will be led by the Holy Spirit.
True Christians will be prepared to suffer or even die for Jesus sake.
True Christians WILL be counted worthy to receive these amazing blessings.