What It Means To Be a Christian

A Summary of What It Means To Be “a Christian”,
According to The Word of God

Notice first Jesus’ definition of Christian:
John 10:27 (KJV)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:2-16 (NASB)
…[2] “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. [3] “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. [4] “When he puts forth all his own, He goes BEFORE THEM, AND the sheep FOLLOW Him because they know His voice.
Col. 2:18-19 (KJV)
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, [19] AND NOT HOLDING THE HEAD, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, INCREASETH WITH THE INCREASE OF GOD.

[5] “And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
2 Cor. 5:16 (NASB)
Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh

……[14] “I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me, [15] even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life FOR THE sheep.
1 Cor. 1:18 (NASB)
For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…………[23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; [24] But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

[16] “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, AND THEY SHALL HEAR My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.

John 4:21-24 (NASB)
“…believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. [22] “You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. [23] “But an hour is coming, and NOW IS, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. [24] “God is spirit, and those who worship Him MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH.”

Jesus points out that many will come in His name, and yet NOT be true worshipers of Him and His Father:
Matthew 7:15-22 (NASB)
“BEWARE of the FALSE prophets, who come to you IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Acts 20:29-30 (NASB)
“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

[16] “YOU WILL KNOW them BY their FRUITS. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? [17] “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. [18] “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
[19] “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
[20] “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
[21] “NOT EVERYONE who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; BUT he who DOES the will of My Father who is in heaven. [22] “MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy IN YOUR NAME, and IN YOUR NAME cast out demons, and IN YOUR NAME perform many miracles?’
[23] And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Mark 13:6 (NASB)
“MANY will come IN MY NAME, saying, ‘I am!’ AND will MISLEAD MANY.

But, remember what it was that Jesus said,
“…the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth”
“…those who worship Him MUST worship in spirit and truth”

“spirit”: Strong’s Help, pneuma, Greek 4151, pnyoo’-mah; from Greek 4154 (pneo); a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figurative a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational SOUL, (by implicaiton) VITAL PRINCIPLE, MENTAL DISPOSITION, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, d…mon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit

What is “The Great Commandment” of God The Father, according to our Lord and Savior?
Matthew 22:37-38 (KJV)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL THY HEART, AND with all THY SOUL, AND with ALL THY MIND.
[38] This is the first and great commandment.

Jesus says that The Great Commandment is to commit ALL your HEART, SOUL, and MIND to The Love of God…

What exactly is LOVE for (or toward) God?
God has answered this for us as well:
Romans 13:10 (NASB)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; LOVE therefore IS the FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
For THIS is the love of God, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS; and His commandments are not burdensome.

THIS form of worship toward God (Love with all heart, soul, and mind) must then requires “Repentance” (or the turning away from evil):
Acts 2:38 (NASB)
And Peter said to them, “REPENT, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the forgiveness of your sins; AND YOU SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
“REPENT therefore AND RETURN, THAT YOUR SINS MAY BE wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Notice the stipulation for receiving The Gift?
– “Repent”

– “Repent AND Return”

– “that your sins MAY BE wiped away” {“Sin is the transgression of The Law”- 1 John 3:4).

It is THEN that you will receive “The Gift”/”The Time of Refreshing”…
Hebrews 10:36 (NASB)
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
1 Thes. 4:3-7 (NASB)
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; [4] that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, [5] not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; [6] and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. [7] For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

Again, back to Jesus words about the TRUE Worshipers of His Father:

“…those who worship Him MUST worship in spirit AND TRUTH.”

There are numerous testimonies as to what Truth is in The Bible (and all of the witnesses agree):
Psalm 119:160 (NASB)
The sum of Thy word is truth,
And every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.
John 17:17 (NASB)
“Sanctify them in the truth; THY WORD is truth.
2 Thes. 2:13 (KJV)
…God hath from the beginning chosen you to SALVATION THROUGH sanctification of the Spirit AND belief of The Truth

So again here- HOW one becomes “a saint”, also called “a Christian”, said by Jesus to be a “true worshiper” of His Father… This happens by one process ONLY…
‘REPENT and TURN’, and, ‘let each be baptized for the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ’

Notice God has presented “salvation” to you as coming by a very specific path taken: THROUGH Sanctification of the spirit AND belief of The Truth“-

Sanctification“: “purification“, “purity“; concrete (by Hebrew) a purifier :- holiness…

There is but ONE “Spirit” that is The Purifier of “a royal priesthood”:
Malachi 3:2-5 (KJV)
……But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ sope: [3] And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall PURIFY the sons of Levi, AND PURGE them as gold and silver, THAT THEY MAY offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness……
Notice the Messiah will be a purifier and will purge His people…
Also notice the reason for the purging and purifying- so that they MAY (-or, ‘are able to’) offer to God their offerings IN RIGHTEOUSNESS…

Romans 6:15-18 (KJV)
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. [16] Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or OF OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS?
[17] But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. [18] Being then made free from sin, YE BECAME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF ye continue in my word, THEN are ye my disciples indeed;
[32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We see then how salvation comes to a person THROUGH the purifying work of The Spirit of The Son of God in them BY their REPENTANCE (which is an act of Faith- “by Grace you are saved through faith…“- Ephesians 2:8), and Turning to God through the lifestyle that is in agreement with Jesus Christ / The Messiah’s WORD (doctrine & teachings):
Galatians 4:6 (NASB)
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

THIS Spirit (“Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test“- 2nd Corinthians 13:5) creates a new mind and a new heart- a Mind and Heart of “Righteousness”:
Jeremiah 31:33-34 (KJV)
But THIS shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put MY LAW IN their inward parts, AND write it IN THEIR HEARTS; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Remember, God says to Love the LORD God with all “the spirit” (and again the spirit is defined by God’s Word as “All your HEART”, “All your SOUL”, “and all your MIND”).

1 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, THROUGH SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT, UNTO OBEDIENCE and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

The Spirit of The Son of God is sent to purify and purge the spirit of man that is in us…

This “operation” on our spirit is performed BY God Himself THROUGH the sanctification that comes to a person who does what is instructed (commanded) by God- for the one who hears God’s call to Repent from sin, AND call on The Name of The Lord, Jesus for salvation (Baptism in His Name).

Through THIS operation of God on our “spirit” (* heart, soul, mind), Jesus Christ (The Son), purges out ALL SIN (again, “SIN is the transgression of the law”- 1 John 3:4), and sanctifies the Christian as a holy vessel fit for The Master’s use:
Col. 2:10-12 (KJV)
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: [11] In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh BY the circumcision of Christ:
Philip. 3:2-3 (NASB)
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; [3] for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,
Galatians 5:6 (NASB)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
1 John 4:12 (NASB)
No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us……………
………[5:2] BY THIS we know that we love the children of God, WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND OBSERVE HIS COMMANDMENTS.
[3] For THIS is the love of God, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS; AND His commandments are not burdensome.
Romans 13:9-11 (NASB)
For this,
You shall NOT MURDER,
You shall NOT STEAL,
You shall NOT COVET,”
And if there is ANY OTHER commandment, IT IS SUMMED UP IN this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
[11] And THIS DO, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
1 Cor. 15:34 (KJV)
Awake to righteousness, and sin not…

Col. 2:10-12 (KJV)
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: [11] In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh BY the circumcision of Christ:
[12] Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Romans 6:4 (KJV)
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: THAT like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE……
……[6] Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth we should not serve sin. [7] For he that is dead is freed from sin. [8] Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: [9] Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. [10] For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. [11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. [12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. [13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. [14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. [15] What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. [16] Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? [17] But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. [18] Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Matthew 3:8 (NASB)
“Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance……
……[10] And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
[11] “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit AND fire.
[12] “And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, BUT He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Acts 17:30-31 (NASB)
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, [31] because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Mark 6:10-12 (NASB)
And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. [11] “And any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake off the dust from the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”

Acts 26:19-20 (NASB)
“Consequently, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, [20] but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT AND TURN TO GOD, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Galatians 2:20 (NASB)
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

THIS is what The Truth (The Word of God) defines as being “Christian”- or rather a “true worshiper”.

There is much more that The Truth has to say about the Holiness and Lawfulness of the lifestyle that is according to The True Circumcision in Christ Jesus…

For a more in-depth study-help on this topic, you may refer to:
– “What is The Gospel of Jesus Christ”

– “The Lawfulness of The Way of Grace In Christ- Observance of The Holy Feast Days Under Grace”

– ” The Miracle of The New Covenant – Being Translated Into The Heavenly Kingdom”