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Hath God Said?

It is as old as the Garden of Eden, questioning what God has plainly written in His Word. Satan was the first to use the tactic when posing the question “Hath God said?” to Eve, casting doubt in her mind as to what God had really said and what He possibly could have meant by what He said concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Her answer to Satan and her subsequent action at his urging put the entire world under the curse of sin. It wasn’t an innocent question in search of learning more about the world around her; it was a devastating question meant to distrust God and confuse His Word.

The question is still being asked 6,000 years later in our world today. You hear it all the time. Hath God really said Jesus is the only way to the Father? Aren’t there many ways? Hath God said the soul that sinneth it shall die? Hath God said those who bless Israel God will bless, and those who curse Israel God will curse? Hath God really said if you keep His commandments it will go well with you and if you don’t, it won’t? Hath God said the just shall live by faith alone and not by works? Hath God said He is the only LORD and there is none else beside Him? Did God really say it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment? Hath God said life is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away? Can’t we find a way to live forever? Did God really say it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God? Hath God said be sure your sin will find you out? If I am careful no one will ever know what I have done.

Yes, God has said all those things and MUCH more. We are an arrogant people and full of pride if we think we know better about life, eternity and even about who God is than what God Himself has revealed to us in His Word. Hath God said He sits in the heavens and laughs at those who are against Him and against His anointed, and holds them who are against Him in derision? Yes He does, as recorded in Psalm 2. He also gives us this stern warning in Galatians 6 for our benefit, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

It is nigh past time to discard Satan’s old, worn-out question he has used to deceive the whole world since its creation, “Hath God said?”, and replace it with “Thus saith the LORD” as found in Scripture. This world, and mankind, would be much better off if we did.

Marks of a True Christian

Everyone struggles at least once in their lifetime with the assurance of their salvation. The Apostle John gives us distinguishable marks of a true believer in I John 4 that settle the questions that plague our eternal security. A true Child of God:

  1. Confesses Christ as Savior – 

Every spirit that confesses Christ is come in the flesh is of God” – v. 2

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.” – v. 15

Not only believes with the MIND about who Jesus is but believes in the HEART. Romans 10:9, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

  1. Loves God’s Word –

“He that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us.” v. 6

A true believer has a love for God’s Word and desires to read it, hungering and thirsting after it, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them unto all Truth as they do (John 16:13). A true believer also hungers for the preaching of God’s Word, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

  1. Loves One Another –

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God.” v. 7

“If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.” v. 12

Those who are true believers love others, especially fellow believers, with a special love that is of God. They view those who have trusted Christ as Savior as their brothers and sisters in Christ. They become part of a family, God’s Family, and take their responsibilities toward one another as God would desire them to do.

  1. Has the Holy Spirit –

“Hereby we know that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” v. 13

A true Christian not only desires to read God’s Word but understands what he is reading by the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is not just words on a page but is the living Word of God… quick, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of their soul and spirit, and is a discerner of their thoughts and intents of their hearts (Hebrews 4:12).

A true believer also reflects the Fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Notice in Galatians 5:22 it says “FRUIT” singular, not “fruits” plural. A true Child of God does not have just one or two attributes of the Spirit, or three or four; a true believer has ALL the attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit. If any part of the fruit is lacking one must examine themselves to truly know if they are in the faith. Eternity hinges on it.

 

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

II Corinthians 13:5