How can a person tell if he is a Christian, which is a follower of Jesus Christ, His Spirit, and His teachings? #1
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
The first thing we need to know is that Christians are different. We are new (2 Corinthians 5:17). In fact, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” 1 Peter 2:10. We are the people of God! How can we tell who the people of God are? Let’s look at it from an individual perspective:
There was a point in time when Jesus came to you
and prompted you to give Him your heart and life
–and you did, holding nothing back.
The passage that us usually used for this process is Romans 10:9-13,
9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
We must view this passage from a Jewish perspective. Their sin was covered by an animal sacrifice, which they had to do again and again. Jesus is our Final Sacrifice. Believing that God raised Him from the dead is the same as declaring that Jesus is Ha’Mashiach, the Messiah. To be Messiah is to be Lord, King, even God! He is not Someone we receive and then go, “Okay, now I can get on with my life knowing that I have eternal security.” NO! As Lord and God, King and Messiah, He commands our loyalty, our devotion, even our lives. Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, is who we believe in, trust in, and follow. We are promised that everyone who calls on Him as his Final Sacrifice will be saved, made whole, be complete, and be eternally secure.
From now on, when we get up in the morning, the very first thought and words from our mouths should be, “Jesus is Lord.” He is our Lord, our Master, our Savior. This thought and prayer will bring you great joy and assurance as you go through your day engaging Your Lord in conversation throughout the day.
Remember this: We are no longer under the sacrificial system; We ARE forgiven (we live in forgiveness). When we struggle to obey, we no longer plea for forgiveness, but for correction and the restoration of fellowship with the Spirit. Our confession daily is: We Need Jesus!
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would understand that they are forgiven and are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. May we take great pleasure in this process even though it can be rigorous and sometimes painful. We look forward to the goal, which is to be like Christ and, ultimately, with Christ and You in glory. Amen.