Really, the question should be, "Who Is a Christian?," because a Christian is a person, not a thing. A Christian is a person who believes Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has obeyed the gospel by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (John 6:45; 8:24; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 16:16). A Christian is a person who follows Jesus daily. A Christian is a person who seeks to conform his life to the life of the Savior. A Christian is a person who believes and practices the teaching of Christ and His apostles. A Christian is a person who is not conformed to the world. A Christian is a person who loves God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength, and his neighbor as himself. A Christian is a person who worships God in spirit and truth. A Christian is a person who bears fruit because he is connected to the True Vine. A Christian is a person who thinks on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, things that are virtuous, and worthy of praise.
Are you a Christian?
There are those reading these words who are Republicans, and those who are Democrats. There may be some Independents. There are those who are reading these words who are West Virginians, Kentuckians, or Ohioans and many others. There may be those who are rich, and those who are poor; those who are professionals, and those who are laborers; those who are businessmen, and those who are employees; there may be those who are unemployed, or under-employed. But the most important question to you who are reading this article is this:
Are you a Christian?
That's the one thing that really matters!
In eternity, at the judgment - one's political affiliation, economic and social status, career choice, educational achievements, professional accomplishments, race, citizenship - all these things will be utterly unimportant and entirely insignificant. The only thing that will matter then is, what is your relationship with God?
So, are you a Christian? What else matters? Jesus asked, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26).
If you've never yet become a Christian, why haven't you? If you've been unfaithful and need to return, what are you waiting for?
Think on these things! -P. 0. Box 871, Flatwoods, KY 41139.
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