PROFESSING CHRIST disobedience
by PJ Salas
ʺTo the pure all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and unbelieving nothing is pure. In fact, their minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God, but by their actions, they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good..ʺ Titus 1:15, 16.
Reading the above verses, at first they appear to be addressing non-Christians, people who do not follow Jesus. However, reading further you quickly realize the verses are indeed addressing those who do not follow Jesus; but notably, they are professing Christians. The verses are referring to people who say they are Christian, but are not genuine.
Titus chapter one, verses fifteen and sixteen are a solemn proclamation describing those who profess to know God, but in reality live contrary to Him, for their life denies God. These verses tell us that those who are disobedient to God and His Word have their conscience filled with fallacious reasoning. They are abominable and unfit for the kingdom of God, never improving personally, nor doing good for others. The gospel is all about changing us for the better, and helping others to change in Jesus.
Professing to know God, but denying Him through a life of disobedience is a very dangerous place to be; we need to be careful to rely on Jesus, to have complete faith and confidence in Him, living in accordance with all of God’s Word. Furthermore, why would we not want to live a victorious life of overcoming sins, and living in the light of God’s love?
Empowered for Obedience
Jesus has given us His Spirit to empower us to live a good and right life; and through the Holy Spirit Christ enables us to help others find His path, that all lives may be improved through Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 1:5; Ephesians 3:16).
The gospel of peace is for the betterment of all people. God’s gospel is active, constantly working in our lives, moving us to help others find their way in Jesus.
The good news of Jesus Christ empowers us; it enables us in right thinking and living. Through Christ (Philippians 4:13) we become pure by the power of His Spirit. We walk in obedience to the law of God, in obedience to His Word, doing things God’s way, and not our way. This is the good news of Jesus Christ, this is the gospel of peace, living a life that brings glory to God, good to others, and personal improvement continually.
We want to walk the walk, not just talking the talk. It is to our advantage that we walk with Jesus in obedience through His Spirit, by His grace. By faith, we overcome. By faith, we are victorious. Trusting Jesus, believing He will do as He promises, increases our confidence, and produces in us a good character that through good works benefits others, as well as ourselves.
Choose Right Living
In these days of anything goes, sinful living is a normal way of life. Let us be careful to be sincere Christians. Let us walk in the will and ways of our Lord. Look to Jesus in all things. Let us be victorious, overcoming Christians, who by faith have victory over all sin, in all the moments of our lives.
Choose to believe. Choose to be a believer who does what is right, who lives a good and wholesome life in Jesus. This is what truly makes us happy, filling us with joyfulness and peace.
ʺwhoever is born of God overcomes the world; and the victory that overcomes the world is our faith.ʺ 1 John 5:4.