What is a Biblical Christian? Part 3

 

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What is a Biblical Christian (BC)? This “Ultimate Question,” as we have already seen in parts one and two, is not so easily answered. Thus far, we have found that a “BC” is: (1) one who has faced realistically the problem of his own personal sin, and (2) one who has seriously considered the one divine remedy for his sin. 

We now come to part three of our four-part answer to this eternally important question. Therefore, a “BC” is, thirdly, one who has wholeheartedly complied with the terms for obtaining God's provision for sin. Those divine terms are two: Repentance (repent) and Faith (believe).  From the beginning of Jesus' preaching ministry the Scripture explicitly says (in Matthew 4:17), “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Notice the importance of the term, “repent,” and how it was the first word that Christ spoke when He began His preaching ministry! In addition, Jesus said in Mark 1:14-15, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” After His resurrection, Christ told His disciples that “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). In Luke 13:3,5, our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Let us also not forget the message of the forerunner of the Messiah, John the Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). Neither must we ignore the recurring theme of the apostle Paul: “to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).  What is repentance?  The most Scripturally-supported definition is that of the Westminster Shorter Catechism which says, “Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension (that is, laying hold) of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.” The second divine term is “believe.” A modern-day preacher helps us here by describing repentance as, “the soul's divorce from sin, which will always be joined to faith in God.” What is faith (Hebrews 11:1,6)? Faith is the casting of the soul upon Christ as He is offered in the gospel. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Faith brings nothing to Christ but an empty hand, by which it takes Christ and all that is in Him. “You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). O dear reader, have you wholeheartedly complied with the Biblical terms for obtaining God's provision for sin?  Are you a “Biblical Christian”?  

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