Part 5 – Who Do You Belong To?
I’m a regular blood donor because it’s a good and healthy thing to do, but also because my blood is special. My blood type is O negative, which means that I am a universal donor – all people can use my blood; and I am CMV negative, which means that I do not have the cytomegalovirus antibody (80% do have it), so my blood is especially beneficial for infants, especially premature infants. I do not have something in me that others do.
In Romans 8, specifically in verse nine –
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm
of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
....Paul says a similar thing. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ within you, then you do not belong to Christ. My blood is special because of what it DOES NOT have in it; we as Christians are special because of WHO we DO have WITHIN US.
And another aspect of this is what the Christian NO LONGER has within them: Their old sinful nature. Romans 6:6 is clear that the sinful nature – our spiritual self – our innermost being spiritually – has been crucified in Christ and has been permanently removed from us. The Lord said in Ezekiel that He would remove our heart (sinful nature) of stone (dead) and give us a heart of flesh (a living heart – Christ’s heart). So we truly aren’t who we were before. We are indeed new creatures in Christ.
There are people who attend church or who claim to be religious or spiritual, and although they may have changed their behavior or habits for good, if they do not have the Spirit of Christ – if they have not repented of their sins because Christ’s Spirit is working within them – transforming them – then they are NOT a Christian, and they do NOT belong to Christ.
Just as the CMV antibody cannot be detected without a blood test, we are to all ask ourselves these basic/fundamental questions as a ‘spiritual blood test’ to determine whether or not we are in the faith:
1. Do I see my spiritual need for Christ?
2. Do I see that I am spiritually dead and cannot save myself?
3. Have I put my faith – saving, trusting faith – in Christ alone as my Savior?
4. Have I repented – turned from my sin?
5. Do I believe that I can only be forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice for me?
6. Do I see spiritual fruit springing forth from my life (love, joy, peace, etc.)?
7. Do I see my need for Christ to save me, sustain me, and glorify me?
8. Do I see that if and when I sin I need to go directly to the Father thorough Christ to be forgiven?
9. Is there now a new desire to read God’s Word, fellowship with other believers, worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth?
If you answer yes to these questions, then you can be assured that you belong to Christ. You have the Spirit of Christ pumping through your veins and you have much to rejoice in.