Thursday, February 19, 2009

WHO IS A CHRISTIAN? HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF GOD AND KEEPS HIS COMMANDS OR WHO GOES TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS AND PREACH THE WORD OF GOD?

To get a better perspective and definition of the term Christian, I will make a study on Acts 11:16-26. The people they saw were preaching the Lord Jesus just as Jesus himself was doing while on earth, and many people believed and turned unto the Lord. When Barnabas too came, he exhorted them to cleave to the Lord; many people believed. The people were called Christians for behaving like Christ: preaching the gospel and exhorting multitudes to God. Consequently, a Christian is anyone who imitates Christ.

The passage does not show the characteristics of being a Christian. King Agrippa after hearing Paul’s plaidorie says that Paul had almost persuaded him to be a Christian (Acts 26:28). In his defense (Acts 26:1-32), Paul had explained what happens to them who want to imitate Christ; in short Christians. When you are called by Christ, you are called a minister and a witness. How are you called a witness on something you did not experience? It is through experience that you are able to mimic the originator. That means, you have had an encounter with Christ, and you will go to the gentiles (non Christians) to deliver them, open their eyes to turn them from darkness unto light. When their eyes will open to their sins, then they will confess with their mouths and believe in their hearts that God had raised Him from the dead. They will be cut away from the power of Satan unto God because they will be redeemed by the blood of the lamb through whom they receive forgiveness of sins. At that moment they receive the right and power to be called the children of God with rights to godly inheritance by faith.

That does not mean as a Christian we will always have everything 100%. That is why Peter says that: “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf” (I Pet 4:16). This verse runs against those who say that Christ did not die for us to suffer. What is the Christian's suffering for the gospel? And indeed every Christian must suffer for the gospel because to imitate Christ’s righteousness entails a lot of suffering.

Going to church is part of imitating Christ because he went to the temple regularly (Lk 2:46; 19:47; 20:1). He did not go to church to show his ostentatious clothes or to look for blessings from the pastors. He went to church to minister. That is why people should go to church to assemble and exhort one another (Heb 10:25).

Looking at the way some people live, it would seem they are not imitating Christ. If you live like the devil then you are imitating Lucifer and not Christ, so you cannot be called a Christian, even if you go to church.

Until then God bless you brother.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk


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