Pristine Grace

Professors: True and False
by Tommy Robbins
Professors: True and False

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Luke 12:34

    There is a distinguishing difference between a true child of God and a false professor. The Bible is filled with illustrations of this truth:Mat 7:22-23; Mat 23:27; Mat 25:32; Jn 14:21; 1 Jn 3:14. This discernable difference is characterized from an inward principle of the indwelling Spirit of God which is produced and manifested by the love of God in the true believer, and is absent in the false professor. The child of God, by his grace, loves God, loves his Son, loves his Gospel, loves the brethren, and loves his work. Although this inward principle can be IMITATED outwardly to some degree for a while by the false professor, it can never be counterfeited in the heart.

    What a person loves and gives himself to is, at some point, revealed in his life. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Lk 12:34). There are those who profess their allegiance and love to Christ and his church, yet can never bring themselves to commitment to the same. They remain their own person, not Christ’s. The true children of God have a new nature, the divine nature, which continually causes them to give themselves to the things of God. The truth is that the distinguishing difference is LIFE and DEATH.

    To those who know Him, he is their life. Those who only profess to know Him, their life consists of themselves, which is death. It is of a truth that the true believer’s life revolves around Christ, and that to the false professor Christ revolves around his life. It is comforting to know that God has a people in this world of falseness and deception, and that they, having the divine nature, live for his glory. No, they are not perfect in themselves! But they are perfect in him and seek to honor him and his cause by his distinguishing grace. WHICH ONE OF THESE PROFESSORS ARE WE?