Saturday, November 6, 2010
“Please define ‘Christian’ – 101”…Blog.
“Please define ‘Christian’ – 101”…Blog.
Late in the afternoon… I received a phone call. It was about being, “Christian” and “Believing in Jesus” Perhaps some thoughts…? Before reading this Blog; please–would ‘you’… take a few minutes and ‘write out’… what you; “Define as a Christian?” Here in America, the term ‘Christian’ is used to describe anyone; who ‘says’ they = believe in ‘Jesus’. The “True Definition” of Christian can be only found; ‘Only’ in the Bible; and what it says about; “Who Is”… and… “Who is Not!” We ‘each’ have our own opinion; but the Bible one; is the ‘Only’ valid one. We have a national; ‘Generic’ belief in ‘Jesus’; and so then, we have a… “Social Cultural Christianity!” Christ Jesus said it best… when He said… ‘Few’… ‘Some’… or “Many!”
*** (Matthew 7:20-to-23) So = by their fruit [works] = you will = know them.
(Matt 7:21) “Not = Everyone” = who keeps saying to Me [Jesus], = 'Lord [Savior], = Lord [Master],' = will get into = the kingdom of heaven, = but = “Only” the person = who keeps doing = the will [Word] = of my Father in heaven.
(Matt 7:22) “MANY” = will say to Me [Jesus] = on that [Judgment] day, = 'Lord’, = ‘Lord’, = we prophesied [spoke about you] = in your name, = drove out demons = in your name, = and = performed ‘many’ miracles = in your name, = didn't we?”
(Matt 7:23) Then I [Jesus] = will tell them = plainly, = 'I [Jesus] = ‘never’ knew you. = Get away from Me, = you who practice lawlessness!’
*** (Luke 6:46) "Why do = ‘You’ = keep calling Me [Jesus] = 'Lord, = Lord,' = but = don't do = what I [Jesus] = tell you?
*** (John 14:21) He who = has My commandments [Word] = and ‘keeps’ them, = he it is = who loves Me [Jesus]. = And he who loves Me [Jesus] = shall be loved = by My Father [God], = and I will love him = and = will reveal Myself = to him.
A Simple Definition:
A Truly Born Again Christian = Will… Know and Obey… God’s Holy Word! They will… “Not Deny”… Any of it, but treasure it; as Precious Food for their Souls!
Do you remember… “Barbara Pierce Bush”… wife of George H. W. Bush…? After George had left the Presidency, she said that she was… “Pro Choice” = “An Abortion Activist” = [who approves of the Murder of Innocent Babies – in their Mother’s Womb]… and She still ‘claimed’ to be a Christian? Or how about W. J. ‘Bill’ Clinton… said he ‘too’… was a ‘Christian’; and still attended Church; while… “Shame-ing America”… with his ‘Sexual Escapades’; with Monica Lewinsky! Remember John F. Kennedy and the “Whore-mongering” he did, while president? I could go on for hours… but I will not bore you. Just because ‘One’ says… they believe in Jesus; does not make it so… “With Christ Jesus = Lord of Lords = King of Kings!
*** (James 2:19) You = believe that there is = one God, = you do well; = even the ‘demons’ = believe and tremble.
*** (Revelation 21:8) But = the fearful, = and the unbelieving, = and the abominable, = and murderers, = and whoremongers, = and sorcerers, = and idolaters, = and “All Liars”, = will have their part = in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, = which is the second death.
Did Christ Jesus… “Define”… “Belief in Him?” Yes, He did… “As the Scriptures have said!” Most assuredly… it is “NOT”…joining a Church… or belonging to a “Denomination!”… That “Does NOT”; make ‘one’ a Christian! Many have ‘walked’ an aisle… in the heat of emotion; ‘Said’ a prayer… and then were ‘TOLD’… “Now, You Know JESUS!” Do you remember the “9-11” Muslim Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Centers, NYC? Do you remember how “Crowded the Churches were?” Remember ‘All’ those decisions for Jesus…? Where are ‘All’ those people… “Now?” Those were simply, emotional, ‘Fox Hole Conversions!’ Done in a moment of ‘emotional turmoil’ and in the ‘fear’ of a possible, coming death! Where are ‘all’, those people… “Now?”
*** (John 7:38-39) The one = who believes in Me [Jesus], = as = the Scripture has said, = will have = rivers of living water flowing = from his heart."
(John 7:39) Now He [Jesus] = said this about the [Holy] Spirit, = whom those who were believing = in Him [Jesus] = were to receive. = For the [Holy] Spirit = was not yet present [Acts 2:1-to-4], = because = Jesus had not yet been glorified.
*** (1Corinthians 12:13) For also = by one Spirit = we are all = [Spiritually] baptized = into one body, = whether Jews or Greeks [Gentiles], = whether slave or free, = even all = were made to drink into = one [Holy] Spirit.
*** (Ephesians 1:12-13-14) for us to be = to the praise of His glory, = who previously had trusted in Christ;
(Eph 1:13) in Whom [Christ] also you, = hearing the Word of Truth, = the gospel of our salvation, = in Whom [Christ] = also believing, = you were sealed = with the Holy Spirit of promise,
(Eph 1:14) Who = is the earnest [down payment] of our [eternal] inheritance, = to the redemption = of the purchased possession [us], = to the praise of His glory.
*** (2Colossian 1:22) And He [Christ] = has sealed us = and having given = the earnest of the [Holy] Spirit = in our hearts.
*** (Romans 8:9) But you = are not in the flesh, = but in the Spirit, = if = the Spirit of God = dwells in you. = But = if = anyone has ‘not’ the Spirit of Christ, = he is ‘none’ of His.
Answering Blind ‘FAITH’ - 101
About now… ‘Some’ may be wondering; “I never heard about this; but ‘just’ believing in Jesus?” Many just come to ‘Jesus’; to ‘get’ their sins forgiven… and ‘get’ some promises about going to heaven. They ‘still’ live like “Un-Believers”… but they use some ‘God Talk’… about knowing Jesus! They continue to… “Violate – His Holy Word”… and never think ‘once’… about what it really means… “To Live for Jesus!” They attend Church and speak ‘kind’ platitudes about ‘Knowing God’ or ‘Knowing Jesus!’ Remember those examples of the Presidents? Knowing ‘about’ Jesus… “Is NOT”… being; “Truly Being Born Again!” Many, ‘say’ they know “Jesus!”
*** (John 3:3) Jesus answered = and said to him, = Truly, = Truly, = I say to you, = Unless = a man is born again, = he cannot = see the kingdom of God.
*** (Romans 8:16-17) The [Holy] Spirit Himself = bears witness with our spirit = that we are = the children of God.
(Rom 8:17) And = if = we are children, = then = we are heirs; = heirs of God = and joint-heirs with Christ; = so that = ‘if’ we = ‘suffer’ with Him [Jesus], = we may ‘also’ = be glorified together.
*** (1Corinthians 2:11-to-14) Is there anyone = who can understand his own thoughts = except by = his own inner spirit? = In the same way, = no one = can know the thoughts of God = except [by] God's Spirit [living in you]
(1Cor 2:12) Now, = we have ‘not’ received = the spirit of the world = but = the [Holy] Spirit = Who comes from God, = so that we = ‘can understand’ = the things [Word of God] = that were freely given to us by God.
(1Cor 2:13) We don't speak about these things = in words = taught us by human wisdom, = but in words = taught by the [Holy] Spirit, = as we explain = ‘spiritual things’ = to = ‘spiritual people’.
(1Cor 2:14) A person = who isn't spiritual [Born Again] = ‘doesn't accept’ = the things of God's Spirit, = for they are = ‘nonsense’ = to him. He can't ‘understand’ them = because = they are spiritually evaluated [encoded].
*** (Luke 4:4) Jesus = answered him [Satan], = “It is written”, = “One must ‘not’ = live on bread = alone, = but on ‘every’ = word of God.”
Do you get 'Upset'… when someone shares; a Bible verse, with ‘You?’ Do you believe that that Bible verse… is condemning you in some area of your life? IF you are ‘Truly Born Again’… the Holy Spirit… can take God’s Word… and give you the “Understanding of Application!” No, I am not saying that immediately upon being Born Again… you will have all the understanding an wisdom you need! If you have been just recently ‘Born Again’… you will need to Grow in God’s Grace; and in the Knowledge of His Holy Word. One does not give a ‘Newborn’… “A Porterhouse Steak!”
*** (2Timothy 2:15) Study earnestly = to present yourself = ‘approved’ to God, = a workman that = does not need = to be ashamed, = rightly dividing = the Word of Truth.
*** (2Peter 3:18) But grow in grace = and = in knowledge of our Lord and Savior = Jesus Christ. = To Him be the glory, = both now = and to the day of eternity. = Amen! [it is so]
*** (2Timothy 3:15-16-17) From childhood = you have ‘known’ = the Holy Scriptures = that are able = to give you the ‘wisdom’ you need = for salvation = through ‘faith’ = in Christ Jesus.
(2Tim 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed = and is [most] useful = for teaching, = for reproof, = for correction, = and = for training in righteousness,
(2Tim 3:17) so that = the man of God = may be complete = and = thoroughly equipped = for every good work.
“Isn’t it about Time – 101?”
But “Some” have said they have… ‘Known Jesus’ for a number of years! They talk the ‘God Talk’… but when they are confronted with “Bible Truth”… they get angry at… ‘Anyone’ who questions them. “Halloween and Harry Potter”… are two ‘good’ tests… to see ‘Just’… where you stand, with Christ Jesus and His Holy Word! When you call someone a… ‘Legalist’ or a ‘Pharisee’… for sharing the Bible… that is a ‘sure’ indication of your ‘disobedience’ to God’s Holy Word.
*** (Hebrews 5:9) And being perfected, = He [Jesus] = became = the Author of eternal salvation = to ‘all’ those = who ‘obey’ Him,
*** (2Corinthians 13:5-to-8) Keep examining yourselves = to see whether = you are continuing in the faith. = Test yourselves! = You know, = do not you, = that Jesus Christ = lives in you? = Could it be = that you are failing the test?
(2Cor 13:6) I hope you will realize = that we haven't failed = our test.
(2Cor 13:7) We pray to God = that you will not do anything wrong = not to show that we have not failed the test, = but so that you may do = what is right, = even if we seem to have failed.
(2Cor 13:8) For we cannot = do anything against = the Truth, = but only = for the Truth.
*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them = through = Your Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.
Thanks, In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 33:3.