What It Means To Be A Christian.
Being a Christian does not merely mean acknowledging a set of facts or agreeing that God exists. It is a realization that the Bible’s claims regarding God, mankind, and salvation are in fact true and that realization in turn results in an aligning of every aspect of our lives to the commands of Scripture.
God Is Sovereign Creator:
Our culture tells us that we exist merely as a byproduct of evolution. But the Bible tells us that we were created by God and that there is a purpose for our existence. We were created to bring glory to our God and creator, to love Him, and to serve Him. Through this we have the opportunity to enjoy endless fellowship with the one, true, and holy God.
God created the universe and everything in it (Genesis 1:3-8), He created the earth that we live in (Genesis 1:9-10), He created the vegetation of the earth (Genesis 1: 11-13), He created day and night (Genesis 1:14-19), He created all living creatures (Genesis 1:20-26), and He created mankind (Genesis 1:27-31, 2:4-24). God created all of this in six twenty-four hour days. We see in the New Testament that it was Jesus himself, member of the triune Godhead, who was the creator (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-16). God is head over all things (Psalm 103:19) and we owe Him all worship, honor, and glory exemplified through absolute allegiance and obedience to His Word.
God Is Holy:
God is perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3, 43:15) and can in no way be responsible for evil (James 1:13). God requires that we live in holiness as well (1 Peter 1:16).
Mankind Is Sinful:
Since the fall of Adam into sin in the garden, we are now born into sin and no one is without the stain of sin in their lives (1 Kings 8:46, Romans 3:23). While this does not mean that we aren’t able to produce any outward moral goodness, it does mean that we are incapable of loving or pleasing a holy God by anything that we do in and of our-self (Romans 3:10-12).
Sin Demands A Penalty:
God being holy and just, cannot be in the presence of sin, and His holiness demands that all sin must be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4).
Jesus Is Lord And Savior:
God mercifully sent His son to die on our behalf to pay the debt of sin we owe so that we may have the opportunity to live in a right relationship with Him (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death on the cross, satisfied God’s demands for the punishment of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Whoever believes and places their faith in Christ are saved by His atonement on our behalf and will receive eternal life with God (Romans 3:26, 10:9).
The Character Of Saving Faith:
The Bible is overtly clear in the depiction of Biblical Salvation through Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus our redeemer. Submission to him as Lord and Savior is a characteristic of an individual who is truly saved (Acts 2:38; 2 Peter 3:9). Repentance from sin will follow conversion (1 Thessalonians 1:9; Luke 3:8; Acts 26:18-20). The object of our faith is Jesus Christ alone and nothing we can do of our own merit (John 3:16, 36; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Hebrews 5:9). We are therefore servants of Christ once receiving salvation (Mark 8:34; Luke 14:33). Real faith will inevitably produce a regenerate heart which in turn yields a transformed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).