Lest You Believed in Vain – My Daily Bread!
The courage to ponder the measure of our faith in Christ is found in 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 2, NKJV which reads:
“Moreover, brethren, I declared to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.”
Here the Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthian brothers about the importance of being steadfast in their belief in the Gospel truth of Christ Jesus. He encourages them to stand fast for it is the power by which they were saved! And what is that Gospel truth? “That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4, NKJV)
It is the last phrase of the scripture that makes us pause and measure the depth of our own belief in Christ. The words ‘unless you believed in vain’ indicates that some will believe, but yet not stand for God. Yes it is possible to believe that the gospel is true, but still elect to reject God! Are we not told concerning the angels that followed Satan: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!” (James 2: 19, NKJV)
So what is the key? Paul expresses it here – holding fast to the Word of God! The true believers not only believe, but also hold on to the truth of God’s Word! Paul also tells of other signs of the true believer include their perspective on the following:
How they pursue God’s Holiness – “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7: 1, NKJV)
How they witness and handle the Word of God: “Therefore since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the Word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Saints let us pray that we are not of the sort that believe in vain and miss out on the salvation of Christ. Ask God to increase your faith and untangle your spirit from the things of this world that move our hearts away from Him. For God is able to hold on to His own as we stand fast on His Word!
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