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It is important for each Christian to realize his or her role as a member of the body of Christ, the church. Acts 2:47 is clear on the point that those who are saved by faith and obedience to the gospel are added by God to the Read the rest of this entry
What Is A Christian?
Part 2: A Disciple of Christ
A Christian is a disciple of the Lord. Jesus is the “rabbi” or teacher. In fact, He is the greatest teacher of all! He not only LECTURED the truth for His students to hear, He also LIVED the truth for His students to see. As God, He Himself is the source of the teaching and the only One to ever adhere to the teaching perfectly. Those of us who have believed and obeyed the gospel have yoked ourselves to Jesus so that we might learn from Him (Matthew 11:28-30). That makes us disciples: we are students who have dedicated ourselves to Christ Jesus as our Teacher. Read the rest of this entry
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.
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, ‘Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.’
Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.’
Finally the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest Tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.’
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