What Makes a Person a Christian?

If asked people would give different answers to the question, “What makes a person a Christian?” Let’s skip people’s opinions and go straight to the Bible. How does the Bible answer this question?

It would be easy if the Bible simply said, “A Christian is …” The word “Christian” did not come into use until around 42 A.D. “Christian” is used three times in the Bible without definition of the word.¹

However, Believers in Christ are called Children of God, and the Bible does tell how a person becomes a Child of God:

“As many as received Him [Jesus],
to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name …”
John 1:12 NASB

A Christian is:

·         One who has received Jesus

·         One who has believed in His name

Essentially, receiving and believing is the same thing. They are parallel truths. The one who receives Jesus believes He is their Savior and Lord. The one who believes in His name receives Him is Savior² and Lord.³

There are twelve amazing things that happen as a result of believing in Jesus’ name:

·         You become a child of God when spiritually born again. Jn. 1:12; 3:3

·         You know that you have eternal life. 1 Jn. 5:13 (ESV)

·         You are freed from judgment. Jn. 3:18

·         You are granted His precious and great promises. 2 Pet. 1:3-4 (ESV)

·         You receive the Helper, the Holy Spirit. Jn. 14:25-26

·         You grow in Christ likeness. Rms. 8:29

·         You are filled with the fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23

·         You love God and other people. Matthew 22:36-40

·         You defend the hope that is in you. 1 Pet. 3:15

·         You receive a spiritual gift to be used in service of others. 1 Pet. 4:10  

·         You support workers in God’s harvest field. 3 Jn. 5-8

·         You become a person of the word and prayer. Ps. 119:140; Eph. 6:18

Have I missed something? What have you realized as a result of receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord?

Is there something in the list above you would like me to elaborate on or further explain?

Be Ye Glad!


Notes:
¹biblehub.com; Acts 11:28; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16
²John 1:29
³Philippians 2:9-11

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

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