What is a Christian?
The word “Christian” literally means, “professing belief in Jesus as Christ”. A Christian is someone who’s been born again by God and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus ChristA true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word. A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.
Who am I in Christ?
In Christ, we are made an entirely new creation, just as God created the heavens and the earth. He made them out of nothing, just as He does with us. He doesn’t merely clean up our old selves; He makes an entirely new self. God Himself, in the person of His Holy Spirit, takes up residence in our hearts. We are in Christ and He is in us.
In Christ, we are made an entirely new creation, just as God created the heavens and the earth In Christ, we are regenerated, renewed, and born again, and this new creation is spiritually minded. The new nature fellowships with God, obeys His will, and is devoted to His service. These are actions the old nature is incapable of doing or even desiring to do. The old nature is dead to the things of the spirit and cannot revive itself. In Christ we are loved, forgiven, and secure. In Christ we are adopted, justified, redeemed, reconciled, and chosen. In Christ we are victorious and filled with joy and peace. What a wonderful Savior Christ is!
What is Salvation?
Our sin has separated us from God, and the consequence of sin is death. Biblical salvation refers to our deliverance from the consequence of sin and therefore involves the removal of sin. Only God can remove sin and deliver us from its penalty.
Biblical salvation refers to our deliverance from the consequence of sin and therefore involves the removal of sin In the Christian doctrine of salvation, God has rescued us through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection. Salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God and is only available through faith in Jesus Christ. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Then, we must believe – fully trust the Lord Jesus. This involves repentance, a changing of our mind about sin and Christ, and calling on the name of the Lord.