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21/05/2012 / Test All Things

Sub Par Christians?

In listening to a message I heard a preacher say there are a lot “of sub par Christians”.

I do not believe that for a moment.

Gods holy word says “we are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:9-10). God also says that “he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

Christ is “made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Where is anything sub par about that?

All of God’s people are ONE IN CHRIST, whether Jew, Gentile bond or free, Christ is all in all!

I know there are “babes, young men, and fathers” but the babe in Christ is as complete in Christ as the father in the faith.

There are no degrees in any believers standing before God; all are “made the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and all are made “new creatures” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Men make statements and try to present degrees or different levels of Christians, and of course they are at the highest level. This is blasphemous, it dishonours Christ and his work of redemption, it makes men look to doing something to attain a higher level of Christianity, and they do that because neither they nor the preacher know Christ or the gospel. There is no higher ground, no higher level or anything else than Christ.

Sub par Christian’s is a creation of a wicked and depraved mind.

“Today thou shall be with ME in paradise” is what our Lord said to the thief beside him (Luke 23:43).

This man had just became a believer, had just seen Christ for Who He was, and he didn’t have time to “live right”, “to do a good work for Jesus”. But he went into glory with Christ his Saviour. Why? – because Christ made him complete and clothed him with his perfect righteousness.

By Donald Bell

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