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RE: What Is A Christian Anyway?

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Posted by Andy on March 21, 2000 15:46:32 UTC

< What is a Christian anyway? >

Good question! I`d wager most people today don`t know - even most who claim to be Christians.

< Jesus certainly narrowed it way down when he described one. He said that he that loves me will keep my commandments, and if you love me you will love the brethren. By this, He said, will the world know that you are mine, that you love one another. >

All that`s true, of course, but...those things don`t answer the question, What MAKES someone a Christian? Those things are EVIDENCE that one has been made a Christian, but what made him a Christian in the first place?

< I guess that what Jesus says a Christian is...one that`s attached himself to Him. >

Yes, that`s right! Another way of putting it is that we are (if we`ve believed in him) "in union with Christ." Jesus is our representative: he died in our place on the cross, for our sins. He rose from the dead, thus bringing us new life. When he returns to reign one day, we will reign with him. Read through the letters of Paul and see how often he uses phrases like "in Christ," "with Christ," and "through Christ."

-Andy

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