Q21 ” what about someone who receives Christ but continues to live like an unbeliever ?”

This is a question that is troubling not only for us in this century, but it also troubled Paul in the first century.

Firstly, lets say this much;  the moment we believe in the blood of Christ shed for us on the cross – we have eternal life. John 6:47 says “he who believes has everlasting life”.  That means that irrespective of our behaviour, the blood of Christ is effective in saving us, because it is His behaviour not ours, that brings us right standing with God.

In Galations 5, Paul talks about 2 themes, Freedom in Christ & Life by the Spirit. These 2 themes are companions, they are always supposed to travel together. It is only as we see our awesome release from all bondage, obtained for us on the cross, that we are energized to live magnificent lives by the Spirit. To attempt to live in such a way without a revelation of Christ is religion at it’s worst – simply dead works.

By talking about the fruit of the Spirit, v22-23, Paul is describing what a life led by the Spirit looks like. He is not saying -‘you need to bear this fruit to qualify as a Christian’ but rather ‘because Christ has already qualified you as a Christian by the blood He shed for you – this is what your life will look like”.

Unfortunately, the Christian church in the western world is so well established now that the very fundamentals of our faith are often lost in programs, culture and traditions. Many Christians rarely talk about the very one who’s name they have adopted as Lord and Saviour. It is as though they know about Him, but they don’t know Him.

In my view it is impossible to live a life that is blatantly un-Christian once we have grasped the magnitude of what Christ accomplished on the cross. It would be like watching a loved one die and then going about your life as if nothing had happened – quite unthinkable.

So my conclusion is this; we must stop playing church! We must stop presenting a gospel that treats the precious shed blood of Christ as if it was only a tragic event that happened 2000 years ago. It is personal, it is to be treasured by each individual, it cannot be treated lightly, if we truly grasp it’s magnitude it will change us forever… then we will truly live like a believer.

I’ve been a Christian a long time, but it wasn’t until I stared in awe at the staggering work of the cross that I was  really motivated to live for Him. But now it’s such a joy, not a chore, just to live for Him.


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5 Responses to Q21 ” what about someone who receives Christ but continues to live like an unbeliever ?”

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    I really appreciate your comment “It is as though they know about Him, but they don’t know Him.” That is exactly the issue.

    For those who make a “confession” of Christ but then do not exhibit the fruits of the Spirit … they have mentally acknowledged Christ without ever receiving His grace.

    As James tells us even the “demons believe (in Christ) and tremble (at His greatness)” but they certainly are not saved. There are professing “Christians” that are exercising the same type of “belief”. In the context, James is explaining that works are extremely important to prove that our faith is a saving faith and not a faith that is shared by demons. Our works do not keep us saved they simply are proof that our belief is a genuine Godly belief.

    Thank you for a great study. Lord bless you.

    • mybroom says:

      Thanks Rob, This subject is one that can be very perplexing, especially as we view the high price paid by Christ for our salvation. I think there are many who adopted the name ‘Christian’ but have never personally looked upon the blood of Jesus and actually placed faith in it – for these folks it is fair to say they are not saved, just members of the culture. I also think there are many others who genuinely stepped across the divide by faith, and passed from death into life, then a tragedy, perhaps a failure by the church in some way, even an addiction – has caused them to lose their way. It’s not so much that they ceased to believe, as that life obscured their belief – for these I think salvation is still kept alive by the grace of God.

      It is easy to perceive the substance of ones salvation from the viewpoint of their lifestyle – it is a greater challenge to rest in the ability of Christ to keep us. In my view, when we were delivered out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Dear Son, we are maintained by His faithfulness not our own.

      Good to talk, Graeme

  2. rickroehm says:

    With faith in Christ…obedience is proven in the life and character of a child of God. Withour faith its impossible to please God. An unfaithful man (who was once faithful) has not the forgiveness of sins. Without forgiveness no redemption. Faith in Christ can be lost and faith in Christ can be regained. If this person confesses his sin to God he can once again find personal forgiveness and once again become faithful to God. This person has grieved the Spirit of God. The sin of unbelief can knock a man down and repentance can take man back to Christ. The truth of the matter is God gives enough Grace to believers…to keep them from falling. Jude said so in the 22-24…and Peter said so in second Peter 3. When beleiver’s are taught this kind of truth and learn about constant victory they will quit drawing back into perdition and walk with God in Christ…every day of their life…like Enoch walked. A believer can be liberated from the bondage of sin and live holy every day of his life…Like the Phillipians who “always obeyed”.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    The Blood of Christ will never lose its power to deliver us and from sin set free throughout our lives on earth. Experience the love of God daily. Praise the Lord.

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