What is a CHRISTIAN?
What Is A Christian?
Part 1: A New Creation
A Christian is one who has been born again of water and Spirit (John 3:3-5). There is now a new life in place of the old one. There is a new creature which has been brought into existence through the seed of God’s word (II Corinthians 5:17). The Bible teaches that the “former things” are passed away. This means that a Christian’s old sins are washed away and no longer separate him or her from God. This means that a Christian’s conscience is purged of the guilt and grief, the residue of disobedient living. This means that the old mind of the old man is no longer in control and that the corruptive character of the carnal lifestyle is a thing of the past. This means that a Christian is no longer a slave to unrighteousness and a captive to death and damnation. These are the “former things,” the old stuff that ceases to be in Christ Jesus.
The word of God also says that all things are made new. A Christian is a person with a new LIFE. The Source of this spiritual life is the Holy Spirit. It is He who now lives and works within the heart of the believer. It is by the Spirit that we are sustained, and it is by the Spirit that we survive. This new spiritual life is not one that can be taken away from us by the same forces that can end our physical lives; no matter what happens to the body, a Christian’s true life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).
A Christian is a person with a new HOPE. The old carnal man had his hope in various worldly things, such as money and material things, power and prestige, pleasure and popularity. These were the things the old man worked to have and hold onto. However, the Christian’s hope is something that transcends all of these temporal things: the hope of everlasting life in heaven that comes from knowing Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer, and High Priest. Whatever comes and whatever goes in this life, the new spiritual man is rooted in the unbreakable hope of eventual redemption from this old world!
A Christian is a person with a new LOVE. The old man loves based on affection and fondness. He does for those who do for him. He gives to those who give to him. He respects and honors those who respect and honor him. This is completely natural, but God calls us to a life that is SUPERnatural! The new love that the Holy Spirit teaches the Christian is AGAPE – godly love that is more than mere feeling; it is a conscious decision of the will to treat even those who use and abuse you with respect and care (I Corinthians 13:4-8). It causes you to remain respectful and considerate of how you treat others regardless of how they treat you. It causes you to love others with the same love that God has shown you.
A Christian is a person with new PRIORITIES. Whereas the old man placed himself and his desires above all else, the child of God develops a new set of concerns: the glorification of God and the edification of others before the satisfaction of self! To the renewed spiritual man or woman, the most important thing is that God be lifted up as sovereign and supreme in his or her own life and in the lives of others. Such a person is preoccupied with doing the things that draw others to the Lord Jesus and is not truly satisfied with lesser pursuits in life. In fact, every other pursuit soon becomes a means to the end of honoring God! A Christian’s meat – the very thing that satisfies and sustains – is nothing less than doing the will of the Lord.
In Christ Jesus, everything is new! The Christian has begun a new life as a new creation in the Lord, and the old things are passed away.