Words of Salvation, Deliverance and Revival
In our present day Christianity, many claim to be Christians without clear understanding of who a Christian is and what God requires of those who are the followers of His Son Jesus Christ. Is one a Christian because one claims so, or does one automatically becomes a Christian because one was born into a Christian home or community? Does one become a Christian by just confessing that Jesus is the Son of God without obeying the Word of God? These and more are the questions we need to answer before one can have a clear picture of who is really a Christian.
The meaning of Christian is “Christ like”, that is being a Christian is being like Christ or imitator of Christ. In other words, for one to be a Christian, one has to obey the words of Christ and practice what Christ teaches. A Christian is one who has the nature of Christ, one who has the mind of Christ and walks in the light of Christ.
A Christian is one who has rejected the ways of this world and has taken on the life of Jesus Christ to walk in all his ways and teachings. For you to become a christian, you must practice the Word of God which you cannot do on your own except with the help of the Holy Spirit of God which God gives to only those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ. So it can also be said that a Christian is one who has received the Holy Spirit of God and is walking in the fruits of the Holy Spirit and not in the works of the Flesh.
The following scriptures show us what the works of the Flesh are and what the fruits of the Holy Spirit are:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”.
To be a Christian is practical, it is not a title, neither is it a social status as many would proudly claim; but when you look at their lives, there is nothing examplary about it. There is nothing in their character that depicts the nature of Christ.
The Word of God says in [1 John 2:4-5], “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him”.
It also says in [Titus 1:16], “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”.
Another translation puts it this way, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
What all these scriptures are telling us is that being a Christian is all about obeying the Word of God, which are the words and character of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It means that for you to be a Christian, you must walk in the ways of Christ; practice the works of righteousness, pursue peace at all times with all men, and walk in the joy and the leading of the Holy Ghost. This is what the kingdom of God (Christianity) represents.
It is not of worldliness, neither is it about satisfying our mundane desires, nor living in carnality and all its associated pleasure.
Its foundation is the righteousness of God, the peace of God that passes all understanding and the joy of God that is made manifest or can be accessed by walking in the Spirit of God.
As the Word or God tells us in the following scriptures: “[Romans 14:17-19], For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another”.
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