After an understanding of the truth that the identity of a believer are not based on his works but on grace through faith, questions tend to arise.
These questions may come in form of – ‘Do we then mean that the conduct of the believer does not matter?’ Or ‘Do we mean that the believer can just act anyhow?’
To be straightforward, the answer to both question above, or suchlike, is in the negative. The attitude and conduct of the believer does matter, and the believer does and should not just act anyhow.
Hence, love is the nature of the believer. The good works a believer does is because of who he is, and not because he’s trying to become who he already is.
A believer therefore acts lovingly, because he is love. A believer is good, like God, and therefore acts goodly. 1 Cor 13:4 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” (NIV)
For an illustration, when there is a light in a dark room, there is a shinning. So is a believer in the world. He shows forth the love of Christ for the world to see. Matt 5:13-16.
Also, it is of necessity for a believer to show his light to the world by declaring the works of God. The conduct of the believer should preach Christ to all around him at every time, that many may also come to partake in the divine nature by believing in the message.
1 Pet 2:9 – “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” (WEB) Note that it is upon a believer to proclaim.
A believer does good works because of who he is in Christ, and not as a criteria to sustain salvation.
Eph 4:1 – “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,” (ESV). You can keep on reading Ephesians 4-6 to see how a believer should walk.
A believer does not act anyhow, neither is his conduct just of any manner. A believer acts like Christ. Eph 4:20-24.
However, as said, what makes a person a child of God is not his conduct, but his faith in Christ Jesus.
It is in the believer’s nature, and necessity is so on him, to act and behave in love like Christ. But even when he acts otherwise, he is still a believer by grace through faith.
Tomorrow, we would consider the deceitfulness of sin.
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Inioluwa Olaposi is a writer, blogger, and more. He is a student of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.