WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
There are several viewpoints on what it means to be a Christian.
1. In the opinion of many, a Christian is a person that goes to a Christian church. This can often include cults. If a person is a Roman Catholic, Protestant, or some other denomination that preaches Christ, they consider themselves as a Christian and others also think of them likewise.
2. So, you might ask what is a real Christian? The word Christian or Christians is mentioned in the Bible 3 times. It is written-
The words saint, disciple and Christian are synonymous.
ONLY AFTER REPENTING AND COMING TO CHRIST BY FAITH THEN that person—who has already put their trust in Christ and Christ alone as their only hope of salvation—that person is under the command to be baptized by full immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Many other words could be used.
KEY WORDS OR PHRASES ACCOMPANIED WITH SCRIPTURE.
IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, A PERSON MUST COME TO JESUS CHRIST AND JESUS CHRIST ALONE BY FAITH. It is written: Acts 4:12-NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED. Eph 2:8-FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH.
A PERSON MUST BE CONVERTED TO CHRIST, NOT TO A CHURCH OR DENOMINATIONAL TEACHING. An inner change needs to take place. It is written: 1 Cor 3:3,4-OR YE ARE YET CARNAL: FOR WHEREAS THERE IS AMONG YOU ENVYING, AND STRIFE, AND DIVISIONS, ARE YE NOT CARNAL, AND WALK AS MEN? FOR WHILE ONE SAITH, I AM OF PAUL; AND ANOTHER, I AM OF APOLLOS; ARE YE NOT CARNAL? It may be said, I am a Catholic, I am a Baptist, I am a Presbyterian, etc. Are ye not carnal or worldly? Mt 18:3-VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, EXCEPT YE BE CONVERTED (the conversion must be to Christ, not a denomination, theology, or church). It is written: Acts 3:19-REPENT YE THEREFORE, AND BE CONVERTED.
A PERSON MUST REPENT. It is written: Lk 13:3-I TELL YOU, NAY: BUT, EXCEPT YE REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH. To put it very bluntly, most people have never repented of their sins. Most don't even understand what repentance even is. Some don't even believe they sin at all. Sadly, most people will perish.
A PERSON NEEDS TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES. PRIDE NEEDS TO BE REPENTED OF. It is written: Ja 4:6-GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, BUT GIVETH GRACE UNTO THE HUMBLE. Mk 7:21-22-FOR FROM WITHIN, OUT OF THE HEART OF MEN, PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS, ADULTERIES, FORNICATIONS, MURDERS, THEFTS, COVETOUSNESS, WICKEDNESS, DECEIT, LASCIVIOUSNESS, AN EVIL EYE, BLASPHEMY, PRIDE, FOOLISHNESS. Note evil thoughts include pride, murders, wickedness.
ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE CAN A PERSON BE SAVED. It is written: Eph 2:8-10-FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST. FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.
ONLY AFTER REPENTING AND COMING TO CHRIST BY FAITH THEN that person—who has already put their trust in Christ and Christ alone as their only hope of salvation and has repented—that person is under the command to be baptized by full immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Sprinkling and infant baptism is no baptism at all. It is man’s way, not God’s way.
IF A PERSON IS TRULY BORN-AGAIN, THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLS INSIDE THAT PERSON. IF A PERSON DOES NOT HAVE THE HOLY GHOST, THEY CANNOT BE SAVED. It is written: Ro 8:9-11-BUT YE ARE NOT IN THE FLESH, BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF SO BE THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN YOU. NOW IF ANY MAN HAVE NOT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NONE OF HIS. To be blunt, if any man does not have the Spirit of God, he is not saved and will not go to heaven. AND IF CHRIST BE IN YOU, THE BODY IS DEAD BECAUSE OF SIN; BUT THE SPIRIT IS LIFE BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU.
EVIDENCE OF THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY GHOST. If a person does have the Holy Ghost, there should be evidence. One evidence is a desire to read and study God’s Word. It is written: 1 Pe 2:2-3-AS NEWBORN BABES (a person that has just become born-again), DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, THAT YE MAY GROW THEREBY. A person that has the Spirit of God, a person that is truly born-again has a desire for the Word of God so that they may grow in wisdom, knowledge of God, and faith. Faith only comes from God’s Word-ref Ro 10:17. A person cannot have more faith than they have knowledge and understanding from God’s Word. That desire is like a newborn baby desiring milk. If a newborn baby does not receive nourishment, it will die. If a newborn Christian does not receive nourishment from God’s Word, he will die. The verse continues: IF SO BE YE HAVE TASTED THAT THE LORD IS GRACIOUS. If the person has truly been saved that desire for God’s Word will be present. It is written: 2 Tim 2:15-STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.
Another evidence that the person is truly saved and has the Spirit of God is a childlike attitude toward correction from God’s Word as we have already covered.
Another evidence is the fruit of the Spirit of God begins to come forth. A new attitude begins to emerge. As a person learns from God’s Word, a more Christlike attitude begins to surface, and the old worldly attitude begins to fade. Depending on a person’s heart, this can happen faster in some and slower in others. It can also happen faster in a person that spends much time in God’s Word and obeys it. A person that spends very little time in God’s Word and makes lots of excuses may grow at a very slow pace or even backslide. It is written in Gal 5:22-24-BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE: AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW. AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST'S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUSTS.
A person needs to believe correctly. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY, DIED ON CALVARY, ROSE FROM THE DEAD, ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN AND NOW SITS ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVEN, MAKING INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS.
DO WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS. It is written: Ja 1:22-BUT BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD, AND NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES.
OBEY GOD’S WORD. It is written: Acts 5:32-AND WE ARE HIS WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS; AND SO IS ALSO THE HOLY GHOST, WHOM GOD HATH GIVEN TO THEM THAT OBEY HIM. Obey God’s Word. Heb 5:9-AND BEING MADE PERFECT, HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM. Obey God’s Word.
KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS. It is written: Jn 15:10-IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER'S COMMANDMENTS, AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE. Jn 14:15-IF YE LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.
GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM. WE ARE TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. A person that only talks to his wife 5 minutes a day, does not have much of a relationship with her. A person that spends only 5 minutes in Bible study and prayer a day, does not have much of a relationship with Christ. 1 Jn 5:20-AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME, AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE, AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE, EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE.
1. Now after reading God’s Word, which kind of Christian are you? Do you call yourself a Christian simply because you go to a church that teaches from the Bible and teaches about Christ? Do you simply call yourself a Christian because you sing in a choir or teach Sunday school? Do you call yourself a Christian because you stand behind a pulpit on Sunday? Hell has many such people. In the opinion of many, a Christian is a person that goes to a Christian church. This can often include cults. If someone is a Roman Catholic, Protestant, or some other denomination that preaches Christ, they consider themselves a Christian and others also think of them likewise.
2. Or are you a true born-again Christian according to God’s Word? It is written: 2 Cor 13:5-EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH; PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES. KNOW YE NOT YOUR OWN SELVES, HOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU, EXCEPT YE BE REPROBATES? Are you on fire for Jesus, 7 days a week, or is He someone you only think about on Sunday? Is Jesus the center of your life, or is the world and your own self-interests the center of your life? Most believe they are a true Christian not because of God’s Word but because of their own distorted, unbiblical beliefs. Can you be truthful with yourself on this subject? Most people think they are saved, yet the Bible tells us that only a few go to heaven. Which are you according to God’s Word?
IT IS GOD’S WORD, NOT YOUR EMOTIONS THAT WILL JUDGE YOU AT THE JUDGMENT. It is written: Jn 12:48-HE THAT REJECTETH ME, AND RECEIVETH NOT MY WORDS, HATH ONE THAT JUDGETH HIM: THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN, THE SAME SHALL JUDGE HIM IN THE LAST DAY.
YOU ABSOLUTELY, UNCONDITIONALLY MUST BE BORN-AGAIN ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD, OR YOU WILL PERISH. It is written: Jn 3:3-JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO THEE, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Jn 1:13-BORN NOT OF BLOOD, NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD. 1 Pe 1:23-BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER. 1 Jn 2:29-IF YE KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS, YE KNOW THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS BORN OF HIM.
A true Christian is not one that calls himself a Christian. A true Christian is one that has been born-again according to the Word of God, which shall judge him. A true Christian’s actions should bear witness that he has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not according to what people think, but according to the Word of God.
Question—What type of Christian are you? Examine yourself by God’s Word to see. Are you a true Christian, a disciple of God’s Word, a saint in the eyes of God through faith in Jesus Christ, or are you only a nominal Christian?
May we leave you with these words regarding the things you speak. Is your conversation as a Christian's ought to be? It is written: Col 4:6-LET YOUR SPEECH BE ALWAY WITH GRACE, SEASONED WITH SALT, THAT YE MAY KNOW HOW YE OUGHT TO ANSWER EVERY MAN.
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