What is a Biblical Christian? Part 4

 

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Today's article concludes our brief four-part mini-series answering the “Ultimate Question,” What is a Biblical Christian?  We have learned thus far, that many professing believers in our day are well content to be known as a “Christian”, but only by their own definition of what that means; while at the same time, falling miserably short of the Bible's description of the same.  

Being a “Christian” is not enough, we must be “Biblical Christians (BC)” or we are not “Christians” at all!  And to not be a “Christian” at all,  after thinking you were; is to one day wake up as a shocked inhabitant of hell, after living an earthly life that expected heaven (Matthew 7:13-14,21-23). This is why both the Lord Jesus and the apostle Paul preached -- that unless Biblical repentance takes place (Luke 13:3,5; 2 Corinthians 13:5), there will be no heaven! Many make the fatal mistake by thinking that the badge of Church membership and faithful church attendance play a major role in one’s salvation. However, it is a personal relationship with the Triune God alone that secures one's safe arrival in heaven (John 14:1-4;17:3; Galatians 6:15). So then, what is a “BC”?  Well, we have seen that a “BC” is one who (1) has faced realistically the problem of his own personal sin, (2) has seriously considered the one divine remedy for sin, and (3) has wholeheartedly complied with the terms for obtaining God's provision for sin.  This brings us now to our final observation:  (4) a “BC” is a person who manifests in his life that his claims to Biblical repentance and faith are real.  Jesus said in John 15:8, “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”  Paul preached that men should repent and turn to God and do works consistent with repentance (Acts 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:1ff).  Included in God's design for the saving of sinful mankind was the Divine intention that they manifest works which evidence that they have been resurrected from the spiritual graveyard (Colossians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Hear Paul's words in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (cf. Isaiah 26:12).  Hebrews 5:9 says, “He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” The apostle John said in 1 John 2:4, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.”  Jesus’ favorite disciple also said the following words:  “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

 

Finally, our Lord’s half-brother James, said in Chapter 1 and verse 22 of his epistle, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”  The true believer in Jesus Christ is obviously not saved by good works, but his salvation is one that will work by the power of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:12-13). The Holy Spirit in us makes obedience possible. He is the “hound of heaven!” If you claim to have repented and believed the gospel, does your daily life make that profession stick? -- Not by a life of sinless perfection, but by a life of purposeful direction which glorifies Jesus Christ (i.e. by a life of imperfect, repentant, and glad obedience to Him). O dear reader, I fear that many in our church-saturated, Bible-belt culture, are playing a game -- just as many were in our Lord’s own day. Are you a “Biblical Christian?”

 

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