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What Believers Have Over the Perishing

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Dean Butler

The message of the cross has always been a dividing line between those who believe and those who do not. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." This stark contrast raises an important question: What do believers possess that those who are perishing do not? Understanding this difference helps us appreciate the profound blessings and transformation that come with faith in Christ, and the hope we have that can change everything.

1. Faith in Jesus Christ: Believers have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, trusting in His sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of their sins. This faith grants them eternal life.

2. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit: Believers are filled with the Holy Spirit, who guides, comforts, and empowers them to live according to God's will.

3. Spiritual Understanding: The Holy Spirit helps believers understand and discern spiritual truths that seem foolish to those who are perishing.

4. Hope and Assurance: Believers have the hope of eternal life and the assurance of God's promises, giving them peace and joy even in difficult circumstances.

5. Transformation: Through the process of sanctification, believers are continually being transformed into the likeness of Christ, displaying the fruits of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, and patience.

6. Relationship with God: Believers enjoy a personal relationship with God, characterized by prayer, worship, and communion with Him.

7. Forgiveness and Grace: Believers receive forgiveness for their sins and live under God's grace, no longer condemned but justified through faith in Christ.

8. Community and Support: Believers are part of the body of Christ, the church, which provides fellowship, encouragement, and mutual support.

In contrast, those who are perishing lack these attributes and blessings because they have not accepted the gospel message and remain separated from God due to their unbelief. This separation results in spiritual blindness, a lack of hope, and ultimately, eternal separation from God.

Fifty years ago, I committed my life to serving the Lord. I hold an associate degree in Christian Education and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling.  I live by 1 Corinthians 9:16, Ephesians 3:7-8, and Colossians 1:28-29. In my retirement, I focus on study and sharing the teachings of God’s Word with others. Besides writing this Blog I maintain 3 Facebook pages dedicated to spreading the Word of God.



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