A True Believer in Christ – Part 1

Here is another short series from Igor Shafhid, a dear brother in Christ from Russia. It is my prayer that each of us True Believerexamine himself to see if we be in the faith, as the Apostle Paul exhorts to do. Brother Igor is arm-in-arm with the Apostle.

Part 1 is here

5 thoughts on “A True Believer in Christ – Part 1

  1. Hi Manfred, the Bible makes it clear there will be those whose love for our Lord grows cold in the last days before Jesus returns for His Church, the Bride. A drifting away from the Absolute Truth of Scripture. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE HOLDFAST AND TRUST AND BE NOT AFRAID. THE LORD WILL STRENTHEN AND REFRESH US IN THESE DAYS OF Testing and Trial of our faith. He will never leave or forsake us. We are s very precious to Him.


  2. jim – No argument from me on that point. While it is important that we hold fast, the critical fact is the God has promised not to lose a single saint that Christ died for. All children of God who drift away, wander into sin, etc. will be convicted and given the gift of repentance. One who is not chastised by God (and all sin so all need chastisement) is not a child of God.


  3. “While it is important that we hold fast, the critical fact is the God has promised not to lose a single saint that Christ died for.”


    True, but we are warned to be ready, we are warned that there is coming a separation of sheep and goat, wheat and tare, wise and foolish, etc. These warnings are also critical. The calvinist says the critical fact is that God is sovereign, won’t lose a single one. The armenian says the critical fact is that we must endure, persevere in holiness, etc. Gods word says both are critical. These truths are good friends that compliment each other, not enemies to be turned against each other.

    Accepting one truth without denying the other helps keep true saints from “hyper” theologies on both sides though.

    Disclaimer: I agree with your comment, just wanted to expound upon it. Of course God is absolutely sovereign in all things, including saving and keeping us, far beyond what even many true saints recognize.

    In Christ -Jim


  4. Amen, Jim! Always tension in the life of the child of God, while we dwell here in these decaying tents of flesh. We must be in pursuit of Christ – how can the one who has been redeemed NOT do so? Yet our confidence must always be in the One who first pursued us! We will fail, and deserve 100% of the blame for doing so. With Christ in us, we will succeed, and He gets all the credit for our doing so.

    Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!




    2 Corinthians 12:12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

    If you are not performing signs, wonders and miracles, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 9:36-41 ….Tabitha…37 And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died…40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.”….41…he presented her alive.

    If you cannot pray the dead back to life, you might not be a true apostle.

    Romans 1:11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;

    If you do not possess the ability to impart spiritual gifts, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 3:1-8 …2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb….6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”……8 With a leap he stood upright and began to walk…

    If perhaps, you do not have the power to heal men who have been crippled from birth, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 5:3-10 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…9 Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” 10 And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last….

    If you cannot predict the immediate death of someone who has lied to the Holy Spirit, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 13:8-11…..9 But Saul, who was also know as Paul…10…said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? 11 Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time….

    If for some unknown reason you lack the ability to temporarily blind a sorcerer, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 16:16-18 …a slave-girl having a spirit of divination… 18 But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

    If you cannot cast out occult spirits, you might not be a true apostle.

    Acts 2:43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe, and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

    If you are not capable of performing many signs and wonders, you might not be a true apostle.



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