What is a “believer”? This article is devoted to helping us find the answer. The answer’s important as “Believers” receive God’s Blessings. God’s Word makes this clear to us and we begin by praying for His gift of discernment for understanding His Word. We begin by addressing these questions:
What is a “Believer”?
Is love part of being a believer?
Is being a “Believer” difficult?
How are “Believers” rewarded?
First we concentrate on learning more about love; the love that takes place between God and us.
We’ll better understand our love for Him by visiting John 3:16 KJV where God describes His love for us and it reads:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
“Whosoerer believeth” is a condition that we’re required to meet. It addresses our subject, “Believers” while connecting us with God’s love. Loving Him the way He loves us is how we become a “Believer”. Simply saying it isn’t enough; that’s only the beginning. Believing is a choice that brings God’s love and His blessings into our lives.
God created us for company but Proverbs 8:17 KJV shows that what He wants is our Love as this verse reads:
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
The fact that God is seeking our love clearly presents us with two choices:
1. We can choose to love Him
2. We can choose not to love Him
He takes no part in our choice because it’s a choice that we alone must make. Love has to be freely given as forced love is no love at all. By removing Himself from the decision making process, He assures Himself that our love will be genuine. Proverbs 8:21 KJV addresses this love as it reads:
That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
God recognizes genuine love as “Believers” inherit His substance and our treasures are filled with His blessings.
Love plays a significant role in understanding why God’s blessings are freely given to “Believers”. Christ is describing “Believers” in John 20:29 KJV which reads:
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: