What is a Christian?

So you came here searching to understand what is a Christian. Some would simply say, “to believe in Jesus” makes you a Christian. But what does it mean “to believe?” And who, really, is “Jesus Christ?” According to the Bible, Jesus is the  promised Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. His Hebrew name is “Yeshua”, which means “Salvation”. He is the only begotten Son of God, God come in the flesh, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, who suffered, and was crucified for the sins of the world. He died and was buried, and on the third day, He rose again from the dead having the keys of hell and death. Soon afterward He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will soon return to judge both the living and the dead.

Those are the facts about Jesus, but how can you know they are really true so to really believe in Him? The kind of believing which the Bible speaks of means “complete trust”, so that you throw your entire existence upon Jesus in FAITH that He will save you. How can someone do that? And why do you need to be “saved”? The answers can only come from the highest authority, God Himself, by His REVELATION. Real FAITH only responds to real REVELATION from God… about Him AND about you. God communicates to a person through His Holy Spirit and His Word (Jesus Himself, and The Bible, Old and New Testaments). The Creator reveals His existence, His nature, His authority, and His will to people, in a way that makes them sure about Him. A true Christian is not someone who has chosen a particular “religion” because it appeals to him or because it seems reasonable. Rather, he comes to know his Creator by REVELATION, and comes to know Jesus personally as who He actually is: the only begotten Son of God and Savior of the world. REVELATION is also required to see yourself as you truly are in God’s eyes.

Reading the Bible does not automatically bring REVELATION, but when God’s Spirit brings conviction and certainty about His truth, then you can respond with true FAITH. Matthew’s gospel [Matthew 16:15-17] gives a powerful example: Jesus said to His disciples, “But what about you?” “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Peter’s answer about Jesus was revealed by God, Himself.

REVELATION from God also can come in other ways, such as visions, and there is general REVELATION from nature  which testifies to an intelligent Creator. However it comes, REVELATION is God’s part in the process of becoming a Christian. But REVELATION alone will not make someone a true Christian. Many people receive REVELATION from God in many ways but never become Christians. This is because they refuse to repent and believe; they do not respond with REPENTANCE and FAITH. REPENTANCE means turning around and away from one’s own understanding and way of life, which is sinful and self-centered; and turning to God. It means responding to REVELATION from God recognizing His existence, His perfect holiness and our hopeless sinfulness. When we truly repent, we really understand and agree that we are sinful unto death, that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]; that we desperately need forgiveness and a purification that we cannot accomplish ourselves, because by our very nature we have violated God’s law and His holiness. Only being deeply convinced of these things we can truly respond with a FAITH that trusts completely in Jesus, the Savior who died for sin, and reconciled us to God.

Sin leads to death….do you realize that the certainty of your death is intimately connected with the terrible reality of your sin? The Bible makes these clear statements;”Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—.” [Romans 5:12] And; “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Yes, the evidence of the reality of sin is everywhere around and within us because this world is filled with disease and death, which are the direct result of it. Anyone who says “Well, I’m not that sinful!” is simply not aware of his or her true inner condition.

Sin entered the world when our first parents were tested in that ancient Garden. Adam and Eve were made in the very image of God, their beauty, depth, and profound significance, beyond our comprehension. Because of their great significance to God, the test He allowed them to experience would have far-reaching consequences. Eating the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would change the very nature and fabric of Creation, bringing the death and decay we witness every day. This event was not a myth. The New Testament makes perfectly clear that, “.. since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead;” [1 Corinthians 15:21].

Are you sensing the truth in these words? Then the Holy Spirit is giving you REVELATION about God and yourself. He is gently calling you to respond with FAITH. Since you have come here seeking, this is His promise: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” [Jeremiah 29:13]. God desires for men and women to seek and to find Him. In His gentle way He calls us into His love without forcing us, even as He wakes us up to the reality of our true condition.

Since the day that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and sin and death entered the world, the Father of Creation, in love, has provided hope. Since death was not His highest will or intention for us, but rather Life, even Eternal Life, He made a way to cover and finally, erase, sin from the world. This way involved sacrifice; and the shedding of blood. Expressed with these words, in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, He said; “..the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” [Leviticus 17:11].” The first sacrifice was in the Garden, when the Lord God slew an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. The final, perfect sacrifice was Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Christ, or Messiah who, shedding His own blood, took away the sins of the world. The following passages of scripture prophesy and describe Him in detail: [Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-13; Daniel 9:23-27]. Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53 is very explicit about this “Suffering Servant Messiah”. The entire New Testament, especially the four Gospels, is the true history of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Again, if you find these words, these scriptures, ringing true deep within, then God really is speaking to you and convicting you of your true condition and spiritual need, and of His hope for you. Because after the final perfect sacrifice of the Messiah was accomplished on a Roman cross some 2000 years ago, His dead body was laid in a tomb; but three days later life was restored to Him, and He was raised bodily from the dead. This is described in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The resurrection was witnessed by over 500 people; [1 Corinthians 15:6]. And since that time, this true message has changed the lives and brought hope for eternity to many millions of people all over the world.

FAITH can also be your response to the conviction you may be feeling and receiving about these things. Today could be your day of salvation. A new, spiritual birth can occur inside you, as the simple truth of John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” And “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12]. But make sure that your repentance is deep and sincere and that you fully intend, with God’s help, to turn away from all your sins. God is not mocked. He looks at the heart, and fully knows your intentions. If they are real, He will enter you by His Spirit and give you new life. This means that you, also, will be resurrected from death and receive an eternal and perfect body as the resurrected Messiah did. The gift of eternal life is received by REPENTANCE and FAITH. You can express this response in your own words, based on your conviction of sin, and the death and resurrection of Jesus; or you might use a prayer such as this one:

Father in Heaven, I come to you realizing that I am truly a sinful person, that my sin separates me from you and leads me to judgment and eternal death.  I’m asking that you forgive me as I turn from my sins; rebellion, unbelief, sexual immorality, occultism, hatred, cursing, selfishness, and everything you call evil. I do believe that your Son Jesus, came, died, and rose again from the grave and that through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus, and write my name in your Book of Life. I gratefully receive this free gift of His righteousness, cleansing, and eternal life as I fully trust that He carried my sins away completely.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving your life for me. Help me to live a holy life worthy of your salvation. Amen.

If you have responded in real repentance and faith with this or other prayer, please let us here at Worthy Network know about it; we would love to encourage and help you in any way we can. And know this: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” [Romans 10:9-10]

6 thoughts on “What is a Christian?

    • I praise the Lord Almighty for this wonderful revelation. This is indeed Worthy network I support through God’s help.
      I’m saved by the blood of Jesus Christ the Son of living God. I do repent of sins and turn Jesus in Faith
      From South Africa

  1. Roddy I have good news!! We all have had trouble with sin, and all have fallen short! Even Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the new testament had problems with sin! So I am going to walk you through a bit of Romans ( the whole book is incredible, but to long to post here! I am going to break down a bit of Romans Chapters 5-8. If you have time I highly suggest reading those chapters, as they explain it more eloquently then I ever could. Here are some highlights!

    Its good to remember this, Jesus did not come to save Saints. He came to save sinners!

    “Romans 5:6-21(NKJV)

    6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

    As you see, it says while we were still sinners! If we struggle, what does Paul say…

    “Romans 5:20-21
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Where Grace abounds even more! Not that we are to continue sinning to have more grace as he continues in chapter 6.

    “Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)
    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? “

    But even this is hard to do, as Paul states later he even has a hard time…

    “Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)
    15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. “

    As you see, even Paul did sinful things. He struggled as well, lets see what he says the cure is…

    Romans 7:21-25 (NKJV)
    21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
    So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

    Romans 8 (NKJV)

    Free from Indwelling Sin

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
    Sonship Through the Spirit

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

    You see, as we walk in the spirit our sinful fleshly man, weakens and our spiritual man with strengthen.

    Also Notice in Romans 8:1 It says “There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus”

    Yes we fall but we are not condemned, We may feel the effects of sin, or his gentle conviction guiding us away from sin, but we are not condemned, He is not standing there trying to beat us up.

    Remember in Luke Chapter 14 it says

    “20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
    22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “

    He wants to revive you back with open arms and Party!

    One last note, I wrote the following many years ago. I had done some dumb stupid sinful stuff. Right after returning from a missions school called a Discipleship Training School. I had gone on a missions trip and seen god do so many things, and then I did a sin that I had done before, and struggled with for years. So as I came to my senses again, feeling horrible and stupid, and condemned. I wrote this.

    The True Meaning Of DTS

    DTS What does that really mean?
    Does it mean Discipleship Training School? Maybe
    But what does it really mean?
    There has to be something deeper

    Maybe it means Die To Self?
    I think that is what the true meaning is
    Die To Self what a simple statement
    Simple yes, but full of revelation
    Simple to understand? Yes
    But to follow through with? NO!

    Dying To Self
    Good Idea But how?
    I know what is right
    I know what is wrong
    I don’t do what is right
    But I do what is wrong.
    Why?

    I want to do right
    I want to please my Heavenly Father
    I want to do what he wants me to do
    In the end I want to hear
    “Well done, my good and faithful servant”

    But I do not do what is right
    I do what I know is wrong
    I hear His voice warning me
    I hear him pleading with me to stop
    I hear him crying as I ignore the voice
    I know I am hurting the one who Loves me
    I feel little or no remorse or regret
    Why? Because my spirit is weak, but my flesh is strong

    I say I will go to the ends of the world for you
    I say I will die for you
    I say I will do what ever you want me to
    No matter the cost

    But it is easier to go to the ends of the earth
    It is easy to be brave for God
    To stand up in the face of persecution
    Yes even to be a Martyr for Christ is easy
    But to Die To Self, that is the hard thing
    To Die To Self is a daily thing
    To die every day is hard
    To fast is hard to pray and read the Word is hard
    To spend time with God is hard
    This all goes against self

    How do die to self?
    Can you die to self?
    Yes you can!

    How?
    You need to starve self
    Do not exercise self
    Daily read the Word
    Daily spend one on one with the Father
    Fast and pray make your spirit strong
    Then you will Die To Self

    But do not stop feeding you spirit
    Because if you do not you will not die to self
    If you do keep your spirit strong,
    You will Die To Self
    -Isaiah- 1998
    http://www.worthychristianforums.com/index.php?/topic/141047-the-true-meaning-of-dts

  2. This is an awesome response to those who need to know Jesus and why he had to die for us. When they have that knowledge they can received the good gifts that God has for them. Instead, we should not doubt who Jesus is and what he did for us. His blood is covering our sins. We should thank him and acknowledge that we are sinful even when we don’t realize that we are sinning.

    Thank you for these words.

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