What is a Christian?
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… 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 said two things in the first part of this scripture that will help us identify a Christian, “If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY WORD.” That is pretty clear language don’t you think? Jesus said, “A real Christian will love the Lord, and do what He says.” So the Christian is first of all, one who loves Jesus, and a person who is obedient to the teachings of Christ. A Christian must love and obey the Lord regardless of what they are facing or undergoing. If we love the Lord we will obey the Lord. If we don’t love the Lord we will not obey the Lord. He also told Judas; that He and the Father would manifest Themselves to His followers by coming to live in them. A Christian life will have 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 church. If you read the gospels you will discover there were many devils, spies, pretenders, religious folks, and other people who followed Jesus to get what they could from Him. They didn’t fool Jesus and they shouldn’t fool us either. As promised, after He was killed, the Son and the Father manifested themselves in the lives of His disciples on the Day of Pentecost, and those believers 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 as Jesus described in the preceding paragraph are pretenders. 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 not to allow ourselves to become confused by what we hear and see. He has told us we will know who the pretenders are by the fruit they bear. Case in point concerning the confusion in the church at the present time; fifty-five percent of the church voted for our present president in the past election because he said he was a Christian. The fruit our present president 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 was elected to 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. A person cannot play both sides of the fence and think they are fooling anyone. A person may fool some people some of the time, but they cannot fool all the people all of the time. 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.”
Let me draw upon the words of the Apostle John in his first letter to the corporate church. 1 John 4:6-8, “We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us; By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. So John tells us the first identification marker of a Christian is they hear God’s Word. The word ‘hear’ as used in this scripture indicates the hearer ‘really listens’ to what the Word of God says. The Words doesn’t go in one ear and out the other. He continues, Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” The second identification marker of a Christian is they love one another, or they put the Word of Our Lord into action helping and assisting other people the way Christ did. And sandwiched in between these two statements is the words; “By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” No action, no love – no love, no God. Despite what people call themselves, they are not fooling God – who is love; they are only fooling themselves. DThrash