What is a True Believer?
Just what is a real Believer? As with Salvation are you certain that you know the answer?
Would you say he is one who "attends Church? Is a Believer one who "professes Yahshua" or "knows his Messiah"? Have you perhaps thought a Believer is anyone who has been "baptized" or "immersed"?
Is there a single verse to which we can turn that gives the Scripture definition of a Believer and eliminates all confusion? There is!
A True Believer is one who has the Ru'ach leading him.
But is having Yahweh's Spirit absolutely essential to being a True Believer? Earlier, Paul had said:
It is simple! One either has the Spirit of Yahweh, and is a True Believer, or does not have it and is not-
But what does this mean? And is this all there is to conversion, with nothing more to understand?
Scripture is filled with terms that seem to unnecessarily confuse people. "Salvation," "reconciliation," "sin," "justification," "predestination," "sanctification," "works," "repentance," and many more words, have probably seemed ambiguous and confusing to you.
For instance, most Christians believe they are "saved by the blood of Messiah." This is not true! While Scripture says that we are "reconciled to Elohim" and justified by His, (Messiah's) blood," it also states that we are "saved by LIFE." -
Understand this point. We are not justified by works, but by the blood of Yahshua Messiah.
But, being "saved by his LIFE" is vital to understand and requires explanation.
Lets examine 1 Corinthians 15:17-
1 Cor. 15:17-
But why this?
Why would Messiah's Resurrection also be necessary to remove Believers from the consequences of their sins?
Consider! If Messiah is not risen from the dead, then He cannot send His Set-
It is this Spirit in them that, when they are changed, makes eternal life-
Is this clear? If Messiah had not been resurrected, then he could not have gone to heaven where he could send His Spirit to His followers. Without this Spirit living within, there is no hope of eternal life.
We have seen that human beings do not have life inherent within them. They are not born with an immortal soul. Since you are not immortal, your life span will cover a certain allotted time, after which you will die. That is absolute. Unless Yahweh intervenes in your life, you have no future-
Now let's return to answering the question of exactly what a Believer is. Remember, it is only the true Believer who will receive eternal life-
When Messiah kept the Passover on the night before He was crucified, He indirectly, through prayer, explained an important principle to His disciples.
A True Believer believes and follows the truth. It is the TRUTH that sets him apart from all those around him. He is not of the world and its ways, customs, and traditions
But what does this mean?
It means that Believers are required to obey the laws of Yahweh. That is the truth from His Word.
1 See Psalms 119:142 150
Yahshua never taught that people should just "believe on Him" to receive salvation. When a young man asked Messiah what he must do to have eternal life-
In Mark 7:7-
It is possible to worship Messiah in vain. It is possible to think about Him, talk about Him and refer to Him often as Master and Savior-
Hundreds of millions of "Christians" assume that they will be saved at death, simply because they have "accepted Jesus" as Savior. This is not what Scripture says!
Notice: "NOT every one that says unto Me, Master, Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ("of" not "in" heaven) but he that DOES the will of my Father which is in heaven,"-
Though it is the blood of Messiah that justified us (Rom. 5:9) His blood will not be applied to those who do not strive to keep Yahweh's law. Obedience to Yahweh is a qualifier for those who seek eternal life. It is even essential to receiving or continuing to receive the Spirit of Yahweh.
The book of Acts speaks of "the Set-
Receiving Yahweh's Spirit is preceded by repentance of having broken Yahweh's law and baptism/immersion (Acts 2:38) At this point, a new Spirit-
What is the First Step?
An enormous question now looms over you. You are determined to be a Believer. You desire to obey Elohim. You want to be saved-
Remember, you are still cut off from Elohim. All obedience and law-
Now you understand there is no eternal punishing, in an ever-
Now let's focus on you. I will be dramatic. Think of this sobering analogy. Like a condemned capital offender taken from death row, you sit strapped in an electric chair, awaiting execution. On a predetermined signal, the executioner is prepared to pull the switch and send thousands of volts of electricity through your body to end your life.
Since you cannot save yourself, and you are guilty as charged, you are left in a completely helpless-
We need to carefully examine several verses in Romans 5, which explain how this reprieve-
There is nothing that you or I did to deserve Messiah's sacrifice. Out of love (John 3:16) Elohim sent Messiah to give himself while we were still living in and practicing sin. No human being would be so magnanimous and unselfish (vs 7). The great Elohim of heaven was willing to send His only Son to give Himself for all mankind before anyone understood or appreciated what had occurred on their behalf.
Recognize that only past is justified (made right) by the blood of Messiah. His blood has literally "saved" us from the "wrath" of Elohim-
(Once our past is "reconciled", we can have a relationship with Elohim, because sin no longer cuts us off from Him. The barrier of sin (Isa. 59:1-
You have no power to do anything about your circumstance. Messiah intervention is necessary.
But the term reconciled and justified are not the same as saved. These terms come into play upon repentance and acceptance of Messiah as Savior. That event wipes our past clean, but does nothing about our future. Justification and reconciliation are not the equivalent of the gift of salvation.
The law of biogenesis states that death cannot impart life. Life only comes from life-
You now know that you are saved by Messiah's LIFE. But did you notice the words "shall be" before that phrase in Romans 5:10? Read it again. It is written in the future tense, not the past tense! And that is what it means, We are not YET saved, but we are forgiven. Salvation is something that "shall" happen in the future. The verse does not say that we are "now" saved," but rather shall be.
Will you believe men? Or will you believe the plain words of Scripture?
Grasp this critical knowledge. Salvation does not happen at the moment of justification and reconciliation. Rather, this is the moment the salvation process begins.
Some understanding is important in explaining exactly when a Believer IS saved. This is a subject of great confusion. Comprehending it is critical to everything about the subject of salvation.
Scripture teaches that you are saved in three distinct ways. All of them represent what is correctly described as the process of salvation.
Romans 6:23 explained that the wages of sin is death. At repentance, baptism and conversion, a Believer is forgiven by the blood of Messiah and is immediately saved from penalty of PAST sins. So, in one sense, it can be said that the person has been "saved," at that moment, from death.
But by now you recognize that this is not the whole story. There are two more applications of when and how a person is saved.
The word salvation is derived from the word saved. So, the second way is the most obvious, and it is the actual receiving of eternal life, the pinnacle of salvation. This happens at the resurrection of the dead in Messiah Elohim (1 Cor. 15:50-
But no one receives eternal salvation now. All must first undergo a life of trial, testing, learning, growing and overcoming.
So then, the third way one is saved is that he is "being saved"-
Besides, if you are automatically saved at conversion, then what would be the point of living out the remainder of your natural life? Why would Elohim not simply take you directly to whatever is the afterlife after you "accept the blood of Yahshua," if salvation is finished at the moment of conversion?
So, when you come to understand this, it is time to count the cost and make the commitment:
And He goes on to explain "counting the cost". Once this commitment is made, a person is ready to be immersed!
*All scripture in this booklet is quoted by the ISR Scriptures at: https://www.bible.com/bible/316/gen.1.isr98