I am going to share with you what I have gathered over the years about who a Christian is. And I believe if you give me your first two minutes here, you and I are going to achieve a lot today. Deal? Thank you
Who is a Christian?
I gave my life to Christ a few years ago. But before that happened, I used to think that a Christian is someone who goes to church. To make this difficult for me to know who a Christian is, I heard people using words like “I nor dey go church, but I dey serve God for my heart” and words like ‘’ my church na my heart e dey’’. The first one is translated as “I don’t go to church, but my service to God is from my heart,’’ the second means, “My church is in my heart.” The purpose of this write up is to help us not just to identify who a Christian is, but also to make you become a better Christian. Here is the vibe.
A Christian is someone who is born of the Spirit of God.
One of the nights when Jesus was alone, Nicodemus sneak in to see Him privately (Nicodemus was among the Jewish leaders at that time). He was not too sure about his salvation even as a Jewish leader, but he had an understanding that Jesus Christ though not generally accepted by the Hebrew people to be the Messiah and knows the way to the Father and the secret to having eternal life. He asked Jesus, what to do to be saved. Jesus told him that He must be born again. He went further to tell him that he meant he must be born of the Spirit of God. What this means is simple. You must understand that no man comes to God without God conceiving him yeah! This is the major reason why Christianity is not considered a religion by many men and women who knows the Lord. God has to conceive you before he can deliver you. This is what we mean by being born again.
“Religion is using efforts, energy, and sweat to reach God”
A Christian is someone who has the life of God.
For we have passed from darkness into life and we are called to live and show forth the glory of the Father. The gene of God is now in our bloodline. The blood of Jesus Christ was pleaded for our justification. As He is, so shall we be. We now have the life of God in us. As Christians, the life we now live is the life of God in us. We do not depend on flesh and blood anybody, but on the blood of Jesus Christ shed for humanity. The life we now live is the life of God in us. Theologically speaking, this is referred to as ‘Zoe’, meaning the God-kind of life.
A Christian is someone who made a public declaration of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.
The Christian faith is not something one should be ashamed of, rather it is a profession of joy. A true Christian must be bold enough to profess his belief publicly. Jesus said if you’re ashamed of me I will deny you before my Father and his angels. What did the word of God say about public confession in Romans? It says,
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 KJV.
It is wrong for anyone to be ashamed of something that benefits.