The Bible message of change

A friend writes: “If one has a heart-change to the Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, does the life always change?”

This writer is speaking of a person who has come to faith in the finished work of Christ, the Creator God. II Corinthians 5:17 reads: “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passing away; all things are becoming new.”

The change is not always the same in every person. The more one reads the Bible the greater and faster the change will be.

Check out the Bible example of the disciple and apostle Thomas. He has been called “doubting Thomas” because of his initial reluctance to believe in the Lord’s resurrection, but neither the Lord nor the other disciples ever viewed him in such a light. His later ministry, as the first missionary martyr to India, speaks clearly of his great faith.

It is only in John’s gospel that we have any specific insight into Thomas’ character. When the other disciples sought to dissuade Jesus from returning to Jerusalem, it was Thomas who urged, “Let us also go, that we may die with him” (John 11:16).

Thomas understood the dangers awaiting them but was ready to go wherever Jesus desired him to go.

In the upper room when Jesus spoke of going away, Thomas — still willing to go with Him anywhere — was the only one to ask, “Lord we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5).

Then just a few hours later, the Lord had been crucified, and soon “the doors where shut where the disciples, for fear of the Jews, were assembled” (John 20:19). They hid themselves in the upper room.

But Thomas was not hiding. The Scriptures do not say where he was when Jesus appeared in their midst, but he was not hiding there like the others. He might have been out working or witnessing, doing whatever he could to follow the Lord, but he (like the others) had failed to understand Jesus’ promise that He would rise again.

When the other disciples reported that they had seen the resurrected Lord, Thomas, realizing the tremendous significance of such a miracle if it were true, insisted he must see the proof firsthand. Then, when he saw the Lord, he showed a higher comprehension of what had taken place than any of the others, as he whispered in awe: “My Lord, and my God!”

Thomas definitely had a life change because of his faith in the Savior. If there is a heart change, there will be a life change. The Bible says to “examine yourself, whether you are in the faith.”

If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN, 55082 or call 651-430-3132.