What is a Christian?

What is a Christian?

 

  1. A Christian is one who believes God exists, and that He created all things.
  2. A Christian is one who believes what God has said is true and orders their lives accordingly.
    1. That God created us in His image.
    2. That through rebellion as a race we sinned against God and are lost.
    3. That the world is the way it is because of these things.
  3. A Christian is one who has come to see the reality of their personal guilt and ruin before God, and their need of a Savior.
  4. A Christian is one who has believed that Jesus Christ is the God/man, and that He died on the Cross historically to bear the just punishment for sin due to fallen mankind.
  5. A Christian is one who has personally trusted in Christ’s death at Calvary as their substitute, and God’s only means to be reconciled to Him – through faith in that death.
  6. A Christian is one who is now living their lives in loving gratitude and service to Jesus Christ as their Lord, proclaiming the grace and mercy that saved them, to others.
  7. A Christian is one who is ever moving toward Heaven as their final home and their highest joy in being with God and Christ Jesus eternally.
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7 thoughts on “What is a Christian?

  1. The simple answer to the question is : “Christian” was the nick-name given to those who believed that Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph, was the promised Messiah of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote. ( The word “Christ” is simply the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. )Of course, this view of who Jesus is , was hotly disputed and He is still mostly rejected to-day as being the only Devine Redeemer of lost mankind. So a Christian is one who believes in the person and work of Messiah Jesus / Jesus Christ and who identifies himself with the Savior in His service , sufferings and sacrifice.

  2. I would simply content that one cannot believe quite as simply as you put it, without at least the context of what I had already written. Jesus cannot believed on in a vacuum. There must be a right context in which we understand His person and work rightly.

    I appreciate your thoughts however. Thanks for stopping, reading and contributing.

    Reid

  3. When you say “orders their lives accordingly”, do you refer to obedience to the word of God? Or are you merely referring to the headship that can be seen in creation, i.e. God over man, man over woman? At what point do you believe that obedience enters into the picture of salvation for Christians?

    I would also argue that it is not one’s recognition of our sins “as a race”, but that we must each recognize our individual sins as those are the ones for which we will die (cf. Jeremiah 31.30, Ezekiel 18.4).

  4. Thanks for stopping by Aggie – and a good question as well as an interesting comment. It is actually the second sentence of you question which leads us to a more complete answer. At what point does obedience enter salvation? And I suppose that depends upon what YOU mean. My understanding is two fold. Obedience first enters in believing itself. To believe is the obedience God requires. We are justified, by faith, and not by works. Romans both opens and closes with an appeal to this – Rom 1:5 “through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations” and – Rom 16:26 “but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—” First and foremost, we must believe. This also produces and obedient lifestyle, but not one born of the mechanical doing of things. Mechanical obedience was always rejected by God. Matt. 15:8 expresses God’s disdain for a people who do lip service, but whose hearts are far from Him. In that place confronting the Pharisees who performed meticulously, but who failed horribly in substituting their mere works. Had their hearts been after God, they could not have forsaken the more important matters of mercy and grace while tithing even their kitchen spices. Being placed into Christ, the Spirit begins the work of changing our desires. God is restoring us to the image of Christ. His desire is always to please the Father. His obedience flows from a heart delighting in the same things the Father does, not in mere rote. We don’t obey to keep the rules, He wants us to live holily because we share His own native of love of holiness – even as he does. God does what He wants. All He wants is holiness. That’s where w’ere being taken.

    Regarding the corporate reality of sins – we have to remember that we all fell in Adam. It is not merely our personal sins which need dealt with. The entire issue of sin needs dealt with, both personally and race wide. Hence, in places like the Lord’s Prayer, the pronouns are all plural: “Our” Father. Give “us”, “our” daily bread. Forgive “us our” debts, as “we” forgive “our” debtors. Note also Daniel’s prayer in Dan. 9:3-13. Very informative.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I’m not sure that we agree here. Do you mind if we start talking about Romans 1.5 and Romans 16.25ff? I’ll wait to hear back from you before writing anything else. I hope that you’re having a great vacation!

  6. Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout
    out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?
    Appreciate it!

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