True Christian – What is it?
If you asked 100 people “What is a true Christian?” you might get 100 different answers. The basic definition of a Christian is a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or someone who is a proponent of the religion based on the teachings of Jesus. Over time, a common definition of a Christian has changed to someone who is religious or displays moral ethics. People often consider themselves Christians if they are religious, if they were brought up in a religious family, if they go to church, or if they live in a Christian nation. But does this make someone a “true Christian”?
The Bible has a lot to say about a true Christian—a true follower of Jesus Christ. The word “Christian” is only used three times in the Bible. In Acts 11:26, the believers of Jesus were first called “Christians” because their actions resembled Jesus’ behavior. The word is also used in Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16.
The Bible presents a follower of Christ as one who has been born again. In John 3:3 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” This may seem like a crazy phrase to you. You’re right! It was also considered crazy by the man Jesus was talking to in this passage. Nicodemus asked Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old?” The phrase “born again” literally means born from above. It indicates a change in one’s heart—a spiritual transformation of someone’s life.
True Christian – What is the Result?
Being born again is a simple concept with eternal significance:
True Christian – What are the Characteristics?
The Bible says that true Christians have unique characteristics.