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What Is a "True Christian"?
Dear Brother Ron
Many seem to think acting or participating made them a Christian. What is a
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 1 Peter 1:23 Being
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of
God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I think the best answer to this question lies in the old adage "imitation is
the highest form of flattery". A true Christian tries to pattern his life
after the life and teachings of Jesus. It has nothing to do with
participating in an organization or performing certain acts. In fact, Jesus
had some pretty harsh words for those who make a pretense of holiness but do
not observe the most basic tenets of His ministry.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy
name done many wonderful works? Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus gave us two very simple commandments:
Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question,
tempting him, and saying, Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great
commandment in the law? Matthew 22:37 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. Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:39
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
If you want to know who is a true Christian, observe how well they keep
these two commandments.