What is a Biblical Christian? Part 2

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Last Saturday (09-21-13) we began the first of a four-part mini-series in order to carefully answer the following vital question: What is a Biblical (or true) Christian? In that study we learned first and foremost that a Biblical Christian is a person who has taken to heart his own personal problem of sin (Psalm 51:5; 58:3). 

Today, we are concerned with the second mark of a Biblical Christian, namely, that he is a person who has seriously considered and embraced the only remedy for his sin.  That is to say, he is an individual who has carefully considered the reality that he was once a person who was in a desperate spiritual condition prior to his turning from his sin and being reconciled to the living God (Romans 5:10). And why did he give this whole matter even one thought? Because God the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he had a terminal illness called “original sin” (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:23; 6:23), that would assuredly result in the eternal damnation/punishment/destruction of his never-dying soul (2 Thessalonians 1:9), unless he turned immediately to Jesus Christ as the only remedy (Mark 8:35-37). In addition, a Biblical Christian is one who has come to know fully well, that it is the God who made him Who has also caused him to consider this one and only remedy for his sin (John 6:44; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). And what does the Scripture say about this one divine remedy? It speaks plainly that this remedy is, firstly, bound up in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Here we see the unique feature of the Christian faith:  God in His mercy had to remedy our desperate condition by doing something that we could never do for ourselves. Why could we never do this for ourselves?  Well, can you erase any or all of your past, present, or future sins?  NO!  That is why Jesus came to live a perfect, sinless life (Matthew 5:17) -- that He might die for sin as our perfect sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21), and thereby demonstrate to all that salvation cannot be by any other way (John 14:6) or in any other Name (Matthew 1:21; Acts 4:12). Secondly, this one divine remedy is centered in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  John 1:29 says, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Jesus Himself said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).  “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).  The cross is where God pardons guilty sinners!  Thirdly and finally, this one divine remedy is freely offered to all men without discrimination (Romans 10:13). The forgiveness of sins and the certainty of eternal life is possible whatever your sex, race, age, or degree of sinfulness (Colossians 2:13). Yes, He saves even the chief of sinners and causes them to glory in His sin-pardoning love (1 Timothy 1:15; Isaiah 55:7).  O, Come to Jesus Christ and receive His free offer of mercy, “and find eternal rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28). For He gladly receives all repentant sinners (Acts 17:30) who come to Him by faith (John 6:37)! O reader, have you considered the ONE divine remedy for your sin?  Are you a "Biblical Christian"? 

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