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Christian, What Does This Mean

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We will begin with what the word Christian means. It is important to understand the meaning behind this word, because there are many who profess to be a Christian but have no understanding of what they are saying.

Christian (Christianos) - Strongs 5546 - means a follower of Christ

What does that mean? It means you give up your rights, thoughts, and will to follow Jesus.
Okay so example of how this looks:

You let go of your rights, your thoughts, your belief, your culture, your thinking, your wants, your ways and completely surrender yourself unto the Lord God Almighty to be what His Word says (His whole word). Every Christian should be reading the word of God and finding out what God says instead of living what we think it says, believe, or what people tell us. The bible gives very detailed instructions on how we are to live. We are not to pick and choose what we want to hear and obey. We either hear it all and live accordingly or we don't. The only way to heaven is through trust and complete reliance in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through that faith you will live in obedience to the ways of God. Man is the one who complicates life because we want what we want and we want to be god, period. We are either living for Christ or we are living for ourselves (Satan). There is no halfway or grey. God says (Matthew 7:22) Many will be deceived thinking they are a Christian but when the Catch Away (Rapture) occurs they are going to be surprised because they will be left here. Why will they be surprised, because they said Lord Lord and they did the outside works but the Lord never knew them. Your eternity is dependent upon the Lord knowing you.

From the American Heritage Dictionary the word Christian means

adjective

  1. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
  2. Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
  3. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus, especially in showing concern for others.
  4. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.

noun

  1. One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
  2. One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.

"Christian," a word formed after the Roman style, signifying an adherent of Jesus, was first applied to such by the Gentiles and is found in Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16 . Though the word rendered "were called" in Acts 11:26 (see under CALL) might be used of a name adopted by oneself or given by others, the "Christians" do not seem to have adopted it for themselves in the times of the Apostles. In 1 Peter 4:16 , the Apostle is speaking from the point of view of the persecutor; cp. "as a thief," "as a murderer." Nor is it likely that the appellation was given by Jews. As applied by Gentiles there was no doubt an implication of scorn, as in Agrippa's statement in Acts 26:28 . Tacitus, writing near the end of the first century, says, "The vulgar call them Christians. The author or origin of this denomination, Christus, had, in the reign of Tiberius, been executed by the procurator, Pontius Pilate" (Annals xv. 44). From the second century onward the term was accepted by believers as a title of honor. by Vine's Concise Dictionary of The Bible

The pagans began to call those who were following Christ Christians as a way of persecuting and insulting them. So as you can see the meer name Christian is a name associated with hate.

Professing To be a Christian

The word Christian is very simple, but comes with a tall order. When we say we are a Christian the unbeliever immediately begins to judge God. They look for evidence in your faith to see the God you say you serve. But many people who call themselves Christian live a life that does not reflect the teachings of Christ. So why do so many people call themselves a Christian when they do not represent Christ?

That is a good question. My question would be, are you one who goes around professing to be a Christian but your life does not reflect Christ? Why is this so IMPORTANT and Why should you care about this? Let's take a look at this video below and watch the reaction of a professing Christian.

Witnessing To A Professing Christian

Are you relating to this video? If you are then we hope you repent and turn from your sins and know that you need Jesus. There are many out there professing to be a Christian but yet have no idea what that actually means.

Why is this so IMPORTANT?
It is important because the bible says Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. As we see, our sins will lead us to death. This is why just professing Christ will not remove our sin and allow us into heaven. Heaven is not filled with good people. It is important that you understand saying you're a Christian means you believe everything the bible says, including no one is good. If the bible says it then you are to believe it and walk it out. It is so important that you grasp the understanding that you will one day be held accountable for your thoughts and words. Does your life represent your love for Jesus? Is God talking about our perfection. NO, This is why we need Jesus.

Why should you care about this
Your life is all about choices here on earth, and when you die it is over. Your final destination will be what it will be. There is no do over, repeat, second chance, talk your way out, talk with God, reason with Him, and so forth. Our time now here is limited and we will die someday and we will be in either two places Heaven or Hell.

How a Christian should live

Below are just a few scriptures on how to live. We suggest and highly recommend you read all the bible and learn of God's way and ask the Lord to help you.

What our life should exhibit

Each person bears fruit whether Godly or not. When we call ourself a Christian then our life should exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Does this mean perfection? No, but you should not be repeating the same thing over and over again if it does not please the Lord. We should be living and exemplifying Christ through our lives. It is only through the Holy Spirit that the Fruit of the Spirit can be lived out. We cannot live this kind of life in ourselves (hence we need God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit).

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is
love,
joy,
peace,
patience,
kindness,
goodness,
faithfulness,
gentleness,
self-control;

against such things there is no law.

Should you be gossiping

Proverbs 16:28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
1 Timothy 5:13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Should we be selfish

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!

The Ten Commandments

Should a Christian follow the ten commandments? Are they still relevant? The answer is yes, because Jesus fulfilled all the law and through Christ we obey the law.

Matthew 5:17 [ Christ Came to Fulfill the Law ] “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (many more)

Ten Commandments:

Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

The entire bible is our guide to living a Christian life and it should be taken as a matter of life and death. We are to live according to God's way not mans. Be careful, because many are calling themselves a Christian yet living a life that does not represent the ways of God. How sad this is! We pray for you to seek the Way, the Truth, the Life and not yourself.


Cited:

Biblegateway.com (we use Bible verses from this site)

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