Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion adherents,known as Christians. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as Christ or the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament.
“What is a Christian?”
A dictionary definition of a Christian would be something similar to “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” While this is a good starting point, like many dictionary definitions, it falls somewhat short of really communicating the biblical truth of what it means to be a Christian. The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”
Unfortunately over time, the word “Christian” has lost a great deal of its significance and is often used of someone who is religious or has high moral values but who may or may not be a true follower of Jesus Christ. Many people who do not believe and trust in Jesus Christ consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church or they live in a “Christian” nation. But going to church, serving those less fortunate than you, or being a good person does not make you a Christian. Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. Being a member of a church, attending services regularly, and giving to the work of the church does not make you a Christian.
A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4, 10). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.
There are different kind of Christians;
We have the Family Christian, This kind of Christians are people who believe in Christianity all because their parents says so. The only time they go to church is when their parents ask them to and they refer themselves in a term as ” Am From a Christian Home“. This kind of Christians can’t pray on their own and probably don’t even know who Jesus is.
We also have the Pretenders; These Christians are like the Pharisees, they know about God but they don’t know how to live in him. They know everything in the bible from Genesis to Revelation, they go to church always, partake on every schedule in church but they have a big skeleton in their cupboard. they commit all manners of atrocities and when they are in their neighborhood, they tend to preach they word of God and act like Christians. Are you one of them?
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We have the Wanna Be Christians; I call seeds of Nicodemus, They believe in Christ, They know he is the Messiah, they want to serve him, but no matter how hard they try, the devil cant stop drawing them back. They give their live to Christ everyday but they are not strong enough in faith to be established. I don’t really blame these types, all the blame are on the people who won them to Christ on evangelism because they stopped establishing them in the faith and in Prayers. They invite them to church and when they come that’s it forgetting to have them established by following them up and labouring fervently for them in prayers.
The Bible teaches that the good works we do cannot make us acceptable to God. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” So, a Christian is someone who has been born again by God (John 3:3; John 3:7;1 Peter 1:23) and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, Comment by saying “I have accepted Christ today” and i will labour for you in my prayers.
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