Obedience to God demarcates the differences. Two believers may profess the same belief in God and may, in all appearances, be the same in all respects. But one believes in God and obeys God in all he does while the other believes in God but downplays obedience to God. There is a huge difference between them. Obedience to God demarcates the true believer from the false one. We know them by their fruits.
A true believer cannot have genuine fellowship with a false believer. They don’t enjoy the same things. They don’t love the same things. They don’t honor the same things. These set them apart from each other. They are separated by their core Christian principles. But true believers, whether they are different in age, in race, in social and economic status, and all other outward differences we can see, are naturally drawn to one another and are united in one faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. God Holy Spirit leads them to have that bond in their spirit and discernment that they are true.
Have you ever experienced God’s conviction through His Spirit, a discerning sense, that a person has another spirit not coming from God, or that a person has the Spirit of God? It is not a judgemental thought. A judgemental thought comes from the flesh and is not stemmed from love for others neither does it seek to glorify God. Instead, it looks to glorify the self. But, the discernment that comes from God has nothing like that. It is pure and its intention is not to put others down. It is a pointing of the Spirit of God to help us, guide us, or warn us of harm. God’s people have this discernment because they have God’s Spirit in them. And they are sealed by the Spirit of God.
Like night and day, true believers are different from the false ones. They cannot be one. So, when the time comes for Jesus to return, He will separate the true from the false. He will gather the true believers and cast away those who are false.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes, I will give him these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son. But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”– Revelations 21:6-8 (WEB)
Righteousness and wickedness never mix. If they mix and blend, then the righteousness portrayed is not true righteousness. In science, there is a thing called, immiscible mixture like oil and water. They do not mix. Unlike sugar in water, when mixed, they become homegeneous. The idea between the righteous and the wicked is somewhat akin to this. Even when they are mixed together, they don’t truly mix to become one. They are immiscible.
In the Bible, the righteous is symbolized as the sheep while the wicked as goat. Jesus will one day, on His return, separate the sheep from the goat (Matthew 25:31-32).
“He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’”– Matthew 25:33-36 (WEB)
The righteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God while the wicked will be cast into hell. The righteous love God and love others. They serve people and not themselves. They care and help others who are weak, needy, helpless, and powerless. They do it because they do their righteous deeds not to be seen by men but to please God. The true church, the one that loves Jesus and His Kingdom and unbounded by group, denomination, or name, serves people in love. They are the true disciples because they show love to one another and to others. They are the sheeps of God.
May we all be sheeps of God in true spirit and love.