Bible Study Outlines

Volume 3, Lesson 10
by C.I. Scofield

True Believers and Professing Believers

Ever since God has had a people of His own on this earth, they have been sorely troubled by the presence among them of those who professed to be of them, but were not. Beginning with Cain and Abel, this state of things will continue until "The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity... then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:41-43).

  1. The Bible recognizes believers and professing believers as separate groups
  2. Believers
    1. Believers are saved
    2. Believers are rewarded
    3. Believers are encouraged
      • Philippians 1:6 - "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ"
      • 1Peter 1:5 - "Who are kept by the power of God"
      • Luke 12:32 - "Your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom"
      • James 5:7,8 - "The coming of the Lord draweth nigh"
  3. Professing believers
    1. Professing believers are lost
    2. Professing believers are condemned
    3. Professing believers are warned
      • Hebrews 2:1-3 - "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
      • 2Peter 2:20-22 - "It had been better... not to have known... than... to turn from the holy commandment"
      • 2Peter 2:2 - "Many shall follow their pernicious [evil] ways"
      • Jude 1:4 - "Ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men"
  4. An example
  5. Who should judge if one is a believer or a professing believer?
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