So many churches now are trying to get back to the basics. The trouble is, they never really make it, and their goal is to stay there. Our goal will be far different. We are going back to the true basics and will use them as a launching point to dive into all the wonders of Christianity that are, usually, just glossed over, in an attempt to make Christianity into a religion of prosperity and ease.
So what are the true basics? Definitions. We will first define what a Christian is and then what a Christian is to do. So what is a Christian you ask? A Christian is a person who is no longer their own. They belong completely, body and soul, to Jesus Christ, the Savior. Let’s break that down into what it means when we say that.
Belonging to Christ means:
- Jesus Christ, through His blood, as fully paid for all of your sins past, present, and even future. As Paul writes, “He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions” (Colossians 2:13, emphasis added).
- He has delivered you totally and completely from the power of the devil, namely sin, and death. John writes, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
- Jesus protects and keeps you so that nothing can happen to you except what God wills. It also means God will only allow things to happen to you that will positively affect your salvation. For Jesus said, “yet not a hair of your head will perish” (Like 21:18).
- Finally, it ensures you of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to lead you in the way of God, and to be your constant companion reassuring you of the truths God has revealed. Paul ensures us of this writing, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14)
This truth, of what it means to be a Christian, can free you from the lifeless and useless religion passed for Christianity today. Internalizing these points, reminding yourself of them every day can increase within yourself a confidence in the redeeming grace of God, His unlimited power, benevolence, and constant presence in your life. I know it brought great comfort to my life when these were taught to me. I no longer worried about the judgments of others or of their opinions on my salvation (because they started to doubt I was saved at all).
Next time, we will start to look into how a Christian, now knowing who he is, should relate to God and approach Him in scripture. Until then, I would love to hear from all of you. How much of this is taught in your church? Does thinking of yourself in this way help free you from any false standards that have been weighing you down? If so, or if not, please leave a comment below or send me a message via my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.