He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
-1 John 5:12, emphasis added
Know that Christ holds you: "He who overcomes . . . I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life" (Revelation 3:5b). This does not indicate that we can lose our salvation. To have your name kept in the Book of Life means that you are saved. Can you lose your salvation? Scripture clearly says no! In Sardis, the king could blot you out if he did not like you, but not in the kingdom of God. True believers will never have their names blotted out.
A true believer does not practice sin; a counterfeit believer cannot help but practice sin, because he does not have God's new nature within him. But these words were not written so that you and I might judge other people. The words were inspired so that we may examine ourselves. I exhort you to answer these questions honestly before God:
- Do I have the Holy Spirit within me, or am I merely pretending to be a Christian? In other words, am I merely professing rather than possessing new life in Christ?
- Do I cultivate my walk in the Spirit by daily Bible reading and prayer?
- Has any unconfessed sin defiled my inner person? Am I willing to confess and forsake it?
- Do I allow my old nature to control my thoughts and desires, or does the divine nature rule me? When temptation comes, do I "play with it" or flee from it? Do I immediately yield to the Spirit of God within me?
- Is there life and growth and fruit in my life-or nothing?
Make a choice to live in hope:Here is what living in hope is all about: "I will confess [your] name before My Father and before His angels" (Revelation 3:5c). If you are a true believer, one day you will "be taken by the hand by the Lord Jesus, to be led up past the marshaled ranks of the angels, up along the golden boulevards of glory, up past the cherubim and the seraphim, up, up, to the Throne of God Himself and . . . hear the Lord Jesus call you by your name and present you in person as His well beloved!" Next, you will hear the Father saying, "Bring the best robe and put it on My child." Picture it: a robe of white, bright as the day, and pure as the light (Romans 13:14).
This week you have seen the way to know Christ more personally. Does He know your name? Are you robed in white? Wake up and be watchful! If you think that perhaps you have only been professing Christ, and not possessing Him, ask Him to convict your heart right now, and, as your holy Advocate, to argue for your righteousness by pleading His blood shed for you. If you have truly prayed in faith, thank Him that now He will be able to confess your name before His Father in heaven.
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