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What is a Christian?
Acts 11:26 (King James Version)
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
I want us to look at exactly what a Christian is. So get your bible and be prepared to look up the references. Oh I am using the King James Version of the Bible.
Sinner Romans 3:23, 1 Timothy 1:15 and Romans 3:9
Like Paul, a believer is someone who has been made aware of his depravity before God. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, he is the one who convicts of sin.
The believer is one who has come to the foot of the cross in repentance and faith and has made a complete turnaround in his/her life, that is what repentance means, to turn 180 degrees and to go in the opposite direction, this is an essential element in Salvation, and every true Christian has a repentant heart. Jeremiah 25:5, 1 John 1:7-9, Mark 2:17, Acts 17:30
The thing that makes you a Christian is salvation. So let's look at this glorious reality.
We are saved FROM
Hell and eternal punishment (separation from GOD) Matthew 25:45-46, Revelation 20:12-15, Hebrews 9:27
God is completely Holy and will not tolerate sin in any form and that means that those who reject Him and choose a life of sin, must be punished for their rebellion. Everyone must give an account of their actions before God, even Christians, the only claim to heaven, a believer has is the Righteousness of Jesus and the shed blood of Jesus.
John 5:24, John 3:17-19 and Romans 8:1
Ever since the Garden of Eden. Men and women have been under condemnation because of sin, but a Christian is someone who is free of that condemnation and is free and alive. Are you?
Sin and Death
1 Corinthians 15:56, Colossians 2:11-15 and Romans 6:23
The penalty for sin is death, but because of the Sacrifice of Jesus, that penalty is paid. Has your penalty been paid?
The Curse of the Law
The law given to the Israelites was to keep them close to God and was very strict. Jesus came to fulfil the law in every point and to bring us into a new relationship. God says that he will write his law in your heart, this is not a legalistic relationship, but a joyful union of creator and created being, being brought back into fellowship.
So how are we saved, what operation does God use to do this.
The Blood of Jesus 1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 1:18-19
Throughout scripture, God required sacrifice, in the form of a lamb that was completely pure. In Jesus he provide the purest lamb ever, Jesus, the sinless and pure lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
The righteousness of Jesus Romans 5:7-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Isaiah 61:10
When God sees us as Christians, he sees not our sin, but the righteousness of Jesus. We are clothed with his righteousness, we are new creations 2 Corinthians 5:17
Grace operating through Faith
John 1:12-13 and Ephesians 2:6-10
God's grace is always there, but it is our acceptance of that grace that allows the Holy Spirit to open up our spirits and to do the circumcision without hands, he literally reaches into our spirits and takes out the old rotten one and puts in a perfect and new spirit, don't ask me how he does it, he just does it......totally amazing.. amen
What are we saved to, what is the purpose of our salvation.
To be Holy 1 Peter 1:16
To be his Witnesses on the earth Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8
To Be a spiritual House - for God to dwell in 1 Peter 2:5
To offer up praises to God 1 Peter 2:5 and 9
To Be his servants Romans 12:1 and Romans 6:18
To the day of Redemption Ephesians 4:30
We are to follow the example of Jesus, it says in Ephesians 5:1 that we are to be followers of God, therefore we have to seek to be like Jesus and follow the path he took.
This meant service, please read and study John 13:1-17 and Philippians 2:5-11, for the great example Jesus was , one that we must follow at all times and at all costs.
We are always to remember that when we do something like share the gospel, we are only obeying instructions and we are unprofitable servants at best. Luke 17:10
We must serve the brethren, and a good passage to help us on this is Philippians 2:1-4, it is perhaps significant that Paul shares his wonderful discourse on the Service Of Jesus after this in verses 5-11, just to show us how it should be done.
A steward is someone who has something in safe keeping. So are you a good steward?
What are we stewards of:
The Gospel 1 Corinthians 9:17
Do we share the gospel?. Do we treasure it? God has no other means that spreading his word than us, he hasn't given it to the angels, but to us.
The Mysteries of God 1 Corinthians 4:1
Wow what a responsibility to have this. It says that the prophets earnestly sought after these things, but we have them due to the operation of the Holy Spirit, how much do we seek to go further and get beyond the surface of the scriptures?
Our Gifts and Finances
God has graciously given us not only spiritual , but material gifts to use for his glory. Have we used them to their full capacity? Please read the stories of the stewards in Luke 12:43-48 and Luke 19:11-27. Let us examine ourselves in the Light of scripture.
Students 2 Timothy 2:15
I love Psalm 119 and one of my favourite verses is verse 97, the psalmist has just the books of the law to meditate on, but they are his joy and delight. Is the Bible your joy and delight?. Do you love it above everything else?. Please read the whole of Psalm 119.. yes all of it..it is truly amazing.. amen
Is it like Honey to you? Ps 119:103
The Bible will also keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from your bible, someone very wise once said this. Please read and study Psalm 119:9-12
How do you defeat the Devil like Jesus did Matthew 4:1-11? You wont and can't unless you know the word from cover to cover Hebrews 4:12. So you are able to use it as the Sword of the Spirit to destroy every lie of the devil.
One of my favourite verses is Colossians 3:16, letting the word of God dwell within you will not only benefit you, but others as well, you will sing in your heart and will help others to do the same.
It will correct you and make you wise unto salvation, it is the only Do it all book in the world, it has the answer to every situation, every problem you will ever encounter or have, because God who is the answer wrote it. 2 Timothy 3:13-17
The Key verses here are Ephesians 6:10-18, again please study them.
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever seen a soldier with half his kit on?. Likewise the Christian , must have all his armour on, does a soldier go out without his weapon?. Neither should we.. we have to know our armour.. we must keep it in tip top condition.. like the shield of faith.. how do we do that.. by exercising our faith and believing God... he is faithful and responds to faith. Hebrews 11:1-6
A soldier keeps himself separate from the world, he is focused on the Battle, nothing distracts him from his job, sure he has time to relax and enjoy himself, but his first priority is obeying his commanding officer 2 Timothy 2:3-4. Are you obeying your commanding officer- Jesus?. Yes soldiers do have leisure time.. but their priority is the warfare they are engaged in. What is your priority.. your warfare or your leisure?
We are to pray and not to faint. Luke 18:1. We are to pray constantly 1 Thess 5:17. What does that mean?
It means to be in a constant state of prayerfulness, prayer is not something to be done in your quiet time, it is a constant and persistent fellowship with the Father, it is coming to the throne of Grace constantly and often, the throne of grace should be a place you love to be.
We are to talk to God as our Father, as our best friend and to share our heart with Him, the deepest desires and requests of our hearts, he knows already, but he longs to hear it from us, because he loves to hear his children's voice. Has he heard you voice lately or have you been hiding from Him like Adam, because of some sin?
What a joy it is to be a Christian.. a saved person.
The final thing a Christian is that he is under new ownership. He is under the Lordship of Jesus. He has gladly given his life over to a new owner.. he is no longer in charge.
1 Corinthians 12:3 says that no one can say Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Spirit. That is the evidence of your salvation, that is what makes you a Christian, you acceptance of not only his sacrifice, but also you proclamation of Jesus as Lord Romans 10:9
Let me finish with a final question.
Have you submitted your life to God?
This means giving up everything and becoming like Jesus, following Him, going where he went, which ultimately led to the cross, this means you and your flesh will have to be crucified, it will have to die on a daily basis. Galatians 2:20.
That is what a Christian is, a crucified follower of Jesus.
James 4:7 says that you must submit to God, this is not an optional command but a compulsory one, one that must be obeyed.
In Acts 17:6 the Christians were seen as people who turned the world upside down.
Are you prepared to do this? With God's help we will do it and put the world the right way up
God bless you
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