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What is a christian?
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel that I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
Paul tells us that a Christian is someone who has received ‘good news’, and there are three things that lie at the heart of this good news.
Something to be saved from
Someone to be saved by
Paul says that ‘Christ died for our sins’. Elsewhere1 Paul makes clear that when we ‘sin’ we fall short of God’s glory or standards, and the consequence of this is separation from Him – in other words spiritual death. This is a problem that we cannot overcome by ourselves, because we have no way of making ourselves perfect and holy; and if we cannot be like God then we cannot be with God. When Jesus was nearing His own death and was seeking to comfort his friends, He gave them hope by instructing them not to trust in themselves, but rather to ‘trust in God and trust in me’2. He described His own death as a ‘ransom’3 that he was paying on their behalf. Why was He able to do this? Because as the perfect Son of God He was not deserving of death, and death could not hold Him. Jesus does something for us that we could not do for ourselves and then offers us the result – eternal life – as a free gift. In another of his letters Paul puts it like this:
‘God is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our
freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has
showered kindness on us, along with all wisdom
and understanding.’ Ephesians 1:7,8
1 Romans 3:23, 6:23, 2 John 14:1, 3 Mark 10:45
Something to be saved for
‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human mind conceived, the things that God has prepared for those who love Him’
1 Corinthians 2:9
In the last book of the Bible the apostle John writes as follows:
‘Now the dwelling of God is with people, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ Revelation 21:3,4
So a Christian is someone who has heard the good news about Jesus, believed that it is true, and received it for themselves. In doing so they acknowledge their past sins and mistakes and their need for forgiveness and a new way of living, and it is a new life made possible because Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way.
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