The Truth Series: How do I know I genuinely believe the truth? (Part 17)

by | Mar 1, 2024 | Mission | 0 comments

We can know that we truly believe from a right application of the doctrine of creation. That is: You know you have genuinely believed the truth when you begin learning to live according to God’s original design and intent in creating us (Genesis 1 to 2).

Amid an intense, dramatic conflict with the Jewish leadership in the end stretch of Jesus’ public ministry, he commands them to: “Render … to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:13-17). Jesus was calling these leaders to cease fighting against God, and to stop withholding themselves from him. Instead, they were to return to him as his image bearers (Genesis 1:26-28) so as to live for his glory and the good of all (1 Corinthians 10:31, Philippians 2:3). Jesus’ rebuke is directed to all of us, and he himself is our one true and perfect example of rendering ourselves to our God (Mark 10:42-45).

The Ten Commandments are a great place to begin the transformation to which Jesus calls us. It is there we are taught to love God and our fellow human (Exodus 20:1-17, Deuteronomy 5:4-21, Matthew 22:34-40). This teaching of Jesus is further expanded by his command to love even our enemies, which is how our Father in heaven loves (Matthew 5:43-48).

Caution! We are not to use the Law of God in order to be accepted by God (Acts 15:10-11, Romans 3:20). Rather, from a position of complete forgiveness and full acceptance by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, these commands are meant for reshaping us into the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ for every good work (Romans 3:21-26, 6:1-4, 11, Ephesians 2:8-10, 2 Timothy 3:14-17). We who are in Christ are new creatures learning to live a new life (2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 2:12-16, 2 Peter 1:3-15), which learning process is incremental over time (2 Corinthians 3:18). Notwithstanding our setbacks and failures, we have begun a new journey of noticeable change back into who God originally made us to be in his image and likeness (Ephesians 4:24, 5:1-2, Colossians 3:10, 1 John 3:1-3).

When we return to worshipping the Father, through his Son Jesus in the power of his Holy Spirit, we return to his original design and intent in creating us as his image bearers, and we increasingly begin to reflect Jesus’ likeness in every aspect of our lives (Genesis 1 to 2, Mark 1:17, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:20-24, Philippians 1:21, Colossians 3:10, 1 John 2:6).

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