Commentary By: Gordon King
As Christians we can see the changes in our life after being born again. If we were truly saved then we should know it by what God has done in our lives and by our relationship with God. However, it often becomes much more difficult to know if someone else has truly been saved.
We can observe another person’s speech and their actions and try to determine if they are saved, however, it doesn’t always mean that they are saved nor have they ever actually known God!
There are many deceptions in the world today, and some of them are the deceptions of people saying that they follow Christ when they actually never knew Him in the first place. There are those who profess Christ yet their hearts say otherwise!
We can observe a person by their fruit, yet there are many people who do “good works” and say “good things”, yet their heart is not with God. This is a deception that many of us do not see, nor can we as only God truly knows the heart. And this is where it becomes frustrating for me as a follower of Christ, those who profess to know Him yet in their heart they never did.
The world is full of people who claim to be Christians, they seem to be doing the right things and saying the right things, yet many of them never before knew God. And then there are those who profess to be Christians yet are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing!
So as true believers and followers of Christ how can we be sure if a person is truly born again? We can’t! Only the person and God knows, it is between them and God. People often deceive themselves into thinking that they are saved because they do good works, they go to church and read the bible, they donate to charity, and they help the needy. But, none of these things save us, it is only by believing that Jesus Christ is God, that He died for our sins and was resurrected and ascended into heaven, by repenting of ones sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, that’s the only way! It is done from the heart and the mind not just the mind! Even demons believe yet they are not saved!
Ours is not to know if a person is saved or not, that belongs to God. Ours is to love all people regardless of their sin. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God! We are all given one life, appointed once to die and then the judgment.
So as followers of Christ we are to love everyone, even our enemies. We are to share God’s love with the world, to love those who hate and despise us, and to love those who live sinfully in a dark world. This does not mean that we agree with their lifestyles, but that we love the person, that we care about them, and that we want good for them.
We should share God’s love with everyone, the good and the bad. We should strive to shine the light of God upon them and to show them the right way. This is being a Christian, this is sharing the gospel of Christ, to love unconditionally as God loves us!
As difficult as it is to love those who hate us we are to forgive them for they know not what they do. They are under the sway of the wicked one and the Spirit of God is not with them.
1 Corinthians 2:14
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.“
Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners not the saved. He came to share His love with the lost, with those not knowing Him, with those in rebellion against Him. We are to live as Christ lives, and we are to love as Christ loves. We should pray for the lost, pray for their eyes and ears to be opened, for them to have a softened heart, and for them to come to salvation through Jesus Christ! And while we may not know if they are saved or lost, God knows. We are merely to plant seeds, it is God’s job to make them grow!
We don’t always know if a person is truly saved or not, and it is not always ours to know but our Father in heaven. And if the good Lord wants us to know then we will. We can rest assured that whatever the good Lord wants us to know then He will tell us.
We cannot say that we are better than those of the world, only that we have been saved, born again. It is only by God’s mercy and grace that we have been found worthy to be saved! So let us not become arrogant and proud, nor let us forsake those lost and living in sin, for at one time we were also!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!