What are Christians?

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What are Christians? Is a Christian someone who is not Jewish or Muslim?

Often we hear of “Christian Countries,” but is this a misnomer? Christian is the title given to the followers of Jesus Christ in the early days, and has been proudly owned by thousands for almost 2000 years. A very brief definition of the word Christian is “a person who has placed their faith and trust in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and has enthroned Him as Lord of their life”.

Christians belong to the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 11:26). This relationship can only be brought about when a person believes in Christ and thus is born into God’s family. Once this all-important, never-to-be-forgotten experience takes place, a new life begins, with new desires, new goals and new attitudes toward both God and people.

Christians have changed masters, and should behave like Christ (1 Peter 4:16). Before being saved Satan is the master, but upon salvation allegiance is given to a new Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christians accept the truth that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and need salvation. They believe in the future punishment of those who reject Christ, and the future glory of all those who receive Him as their Saviour. Christians wholly accept all of the Bible as the infallible, inspired Word of the living God. They embrace all of the fundamental truths that are found within its covers, such as the virgin birth, the atoning sacrifice, the triumphant resurrection and the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you a Christian?

Are you a Christian? If I should ask if you are Canadian, Australian or any other nationality, you could readily answer. You would know because of your birthright. So it is with a Christian. A Christian is someone who has been born into the family of God and now belongs to Christ: “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).