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What does it mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian is more than identifying with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means that you have embraced what the Bible says about God, humanity, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.
God is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thought says that man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says that we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals that it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1: 3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and governs everything (Psalm 103: 19). That means he has authority over our lives and we owe him absolute loyalty, obedience, and worship.
God is holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6: 3); therefore, he cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness from us too. 1 Peter 1:16 says, "Be holy, for I am holy."
Humanity is sinful
According to Scripture, we are all guilty of sin: because there is no man who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). That does not mean that we are incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we are totally unable to understand, love, or please God on our own (Romans 3: 10-12).
Sin demands a condemnation
God's holiness and justice demands that all sin be punished with death (Ezekiel 18: 4). This is why simply changing our behavior patterns cannot solve the problem of sin or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus is the Lord and Savior
Romans 10: 9 says: -If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Even though God's justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). The death of Christ satisfied the demands of God's justice, and the perfect life of Christ satisfied the demands of God's holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), that is what enables those who put their faith to forgive and save in Him (Romans 3:26).
The character of saving faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance of sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are a sinner, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to leave sin (Luke 13: 3-5, 1 Thessalonians 1: 9), following Christ (Matthew 11:28 -30; John 17: 3), and obey him (1 John 2: 3). It is not enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they do not love and obey him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
The only way to be saved
In the Bible, we find that salvation is not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2: 8-9) and that there is no work or righteousness that can cleanse us from our sins (Isaiah 64: 6), in John 3 : 16, John 11:26, Acts 8:37, John 3:18 and many other verses, we find that there is only one thing that can save us, which is believing in Christ Jesus, that he died and rose again on the third day conquering to sin and death, there is no other way, there is no other solution (John 14: 6).