Sunday, November 18, 2012

CHRISTIAN

           The word "Christian" has come to be used in the religious realm as an attachment to any and everything that is desired of a person.
           Today we read of  Christian Ministries,  Christian fellowship, Christian schools, Christian weight -loss centers, Christian dating sites, any activity or end ever that is religious in nature is  identified  as such by calling it a "Christian --------.
           Is this how the word is to be used?  What does the word Christian actually mean? For the answer we turn to the Bible to see how it is used there.
                Acts: 11:26----And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
          Acts: 26:28----Agrippa said to Paul, In a short time would you persuade me to become a Christian.
          1  Peter  4:  16 ----If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
          What do these passages reveal about a Christian?  Simply put it means Christ-like.
           The term is not to be used  to justify what we desire to offer to God, but properly it defines for us, only the things that Christ exemplified in His life.  
            A Christian truly is, Christ-like in all aspects of his life. Individually and collectively,  being Christ-like means we are obedient to Him,  as He was to His heavenly father,He kept the commandment His father gave Him, so should we keep them too, thus the matter is determined by God,Not by man.

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