February 24th, 2018
Belief in God and A Relationship with God Are Two Distinct Things
1 John 2:23 (KJB) Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
There is a difference in one’s belief in God and his having a personal relationship with God.
A person can easily express faith in the fact of the existence of God without personally believing in God inside his or her heart. Words are cheap and can roll off their tongue and fall out of their mouth without a man or woman having an understanding of their meaning. A working understanding involves personally knowing Jesus Christ along with both a profession and a personal recognizant of sin, and finally a confession of his or her personal sin.
If you subtract the notion of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, a man has nothing spiritually concrete on which to base his faith. For without knowing the son there is no possibility of enjoying eternal fellowship with God.
So, expressing faith in God and having genuine faith in God can often be two markedly different proclamations.
A profession of faith in God always aligns with personally recognizing Jesus Christ, having a personal pricking of the heart about one’s sin and choosing to renounce his sin, agreeing with God about the darkness and evil at work in this world.