What is a Believer?
We learn many things in life. We come to many beliefs. Some knowledge, some belief, is universal; some cultural; some religious. Every field has specialized knowledge. When we believe in something we then begin to exercise faith. But the faith we want to discuss is faith as it relates to the Scriptures, Scriptural truths, and saving faith.
A BELIEVER is “one who believes,” that is, one who has faith in something or someone. Each local church is made up of a body of believers.
Types of Faith:
Legitimate: (faith in what is true)
Illegitimate: (faith in what is not true)
Feigned: (pretended faith)
Example: Have you or anyone you know ever been cheated, or swindled out of money or a service? You believed that that person was going to do what they said and when you gave them money, you exercised illegitimate faith.
But there is something we need to understand as a fundamental axiom. Believing is not a choice. Only feigned or pretended faith can be chosen. Believing is not something a person can, or does, choose to do. Faith is something a person either has or does not have.
There isn’t a major doctrine of the Scriptures about which believers agree. Confusion reigns among the thousands of churches and denominations, with no agreement on doctrine, not even on the fundamentals, much less on the so-called lesser important areas. Throughout church history, some have tried to systematize the teachings of Scripture. They have tried to define what the Scriptures teach on the major doctrines, about the nature of God, His Son, and His Spirit, the nature and destiny of Man, Israel, the Church. They have tried to define what orthodoxy—correct teaching—is; and what heresy— false teaching—is. But this doctrinal diversity is not a new situation; it already existed in the days of the apostle Paul.
Faith may be received through education or experience. It may develop over time as a result of the accumulation of evidence, or be received in an epiphany as evidence congeals in the consciousness, or, as we shall see, be given by God.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
True and legitimate faith can be found when one follows the Romans Road
- The Bible Says All Have Sinned
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
- The Bible Says Sin Carries the Penalty of Death
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
- The Bible Says Eternal Life is God’s Gift
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- The Bible Says Christ Died For Sinners
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- The Bible Says We Must Call Upon the Lord to Be Saved
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
- The Bible Says We Must Confess and Believe for Salvation
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
- The Bible Provides Assurance of Salvation
I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
I Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.