One thought on “Redefining Who a Christian Is, Biblically of Course.

  1. Often we refer to Christians as “believers” but I do not think this accurate regarding true Biblical Christianity. We use phrases such as “When did you first believe?”, “Believer’s baptism”, “I am a believer”. However the demons “believe’ and shutter.

    So, what sets true Christians apart form believers? One word – FOLLOWSHIP. The distinctive is in living for the cause and love of Christ. It goes far beyond belief and into the core of who we love and live for. Much of our culture believes themselves christian because they believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Many believe and find “peace and security” in knowing their need for a savior and what Christ has done for them as Savior. They even go to church to celebrate and worship Him for what he has done. But intellectual knowing is not relational knowing which finds itself in Followship / Discipleship / Lordship.

    Distill this down to two very straight forward questions and answers from God’s word, when the Christian answers these in the affirmative by faith as below, true FOLLOWERS are born.
    When Christ asked His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?’ Peter responds, “You are The Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ (Matt 16:15-16 pre resurrection) Thereafter Christ asks Peter in three different ways “Do you love me?’ (Jn 21:15-18 post resurrection). Peter affirms his yes response three times and follows up with obedience to Christ. So Peter not only intellectually believes Jesus to be the Christ but changes his allegiance offering his life to follow the one he loves. This love is manifest in his obedience as should be the response of all followers of Christ. (Jn 14:15, 15:14, 1 Jn 4:7-8)

    The mark of a true Christian – Love. The fruit of this love – obedience. Think of how the church would be if we stopped just believing and thinking we are disciples of Christ and started living as disciples?! They will know we are Christians by our love – not by our beliefs, by our actions – not by our words.

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