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Portrait of a Christian

Many people claim to be "Christian" and yet bear little or no resemblance to a Bible description of a true Believer. The word "Christian(s)" only shows up three times in the Bible. Acts 11:26 states, "...And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch." 1 Peter 4:16 "if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed." Acts 26:28 states, Agrippa said unto Paul, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."

Friend, have you been persuaded to BECOME A CHRISTIAN? If you have never become a Christian, you are not a Christian! There are some distinct character traits of a true Christian. It is not just a profession, rather it is position. It doesn't matter how loud and how long a person claims to be a member of the Family of God, if he or she doesn't have the family traits and resemblances, there probably has not been a New Birth. Twice James tells us that "faith without works is dead", meaning of course that faith in Christ always produces evidences in life; you can look at the portraits of my children and see how they resemble me. You can look at a person's life and see how they resemble Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." There is a distinct difference in a person before and after Salvation.

  1. A True Christian is converted through Christ. John 3:1-8; John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 prove that faith in Jesus' blood is the only way to be Born again.
  2. A True Christian is committed to Christ in following Him. 1 Peter 2:21-25; John 10:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:6 and Ephesians 5:1.
  3. A True Christian is conformed like Christ. Romans 12:1-2; Romans 8:29 (Conformed = render like, similar).
  4. A True Christian is concerned like Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:24-26; 2 Corinthians 5:11 "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men."
  5. A True Christian is crucified like Christ. Gal. 5:24 "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Gal. 2:20 states, "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."

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