A Christian Defined
John 14:22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world? This is a legitimate question asked by Judas. Jesus had told them a short time before this, “He was going away to prepare a place for them.” (John 14:2) And that He would be back for them later. (my paraphrase of John 14:23) Jesus responds to the concern of Judas with this answer, “If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY WORD: and my Father will love him, and WE will come to him and make OUR home with him. He who does not love ME does not keep MY words, and the word which you hear is not MINE but the Father’s who sent ME.” (John 14:23-24)
Jesus did two things in the first part of this scripture,“If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY WORD.” He tells Judas; that He and the Father would manifest Themselves to His followers by coming to live in them because they love Him and obey His Word, and He clearly defines for us who’s a Christian and who isn’t. A Christian life is the manifested presence of the Son and the Father in them. So from His Words we can determine a Christian is more than someone who attends a church. If you read the gospels you will discover in them that there were many devils, spies, pretenders, religious folks, and people who followed Jesus just to get what they could from Him, besides the people who followed Him because they honestly believed He was their Messiah. As promised, after He was killed, the Son and the Father manifested themselves in the lives of His disciples and they did the same works He did before His death, thus the church grew by leaps and bounds proving the manifested presence of the Son and the Father was in the World.
The Christian is a Christ-like person, or they are replica’s of Christ who imitate the life He lived and the good works He performed, and everyone who doesn’t love the Son and His Word are pretenders, or people whose lives do not imitate His. If we are still unclear about who is and who isn’t a Christian, Jesus stated it this way in Matthew 7:20 “Therefore by their fruit you will know them.” This information will be extremely helpful to the Christian in the days ahead as we get closer to the end times because there are many voices in this world who are attempting to confuse people. Jesus strictly warned us to not allow ourselves to become confused by what we hear and see, but despite His warning the present day church entered into a confused state several years ago and has yet to pull out of it. Case in point; the November 2008 national elections; fifty-five percent of the church voted for our present president because he said he was a Christian; despite the fact the fruit he has produced thus far in his life is anything but Christian fruit. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying he is a worse sinner than the other candidate or any other candidate that ran for public office. I am just saying his works disprove his affiliation with Christ. You cannot be a Christian and fight for, support, approve of, or pass laws, concerning things God said are wrong. No person can play both sides of the fence and think they are fooling everyone. They may fool some people some of the time, but they will not fool all the people all of the time. Eventually their lies will catch up with them. A Christian, “LOVES THE SON AND KEEPS HIS WORD, and he will do everything within his power to abide by the Word of God, even if it means forfeiting his life for his beliefs which many people in many parts of the world today are required to do. This is not my interpretation of a Christian, but the words of Jesus, “If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY WORD. …The words which you hear is not MINE but the Father’s who sent ME.” God Bless, and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. DThrash
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