A Christian is one in whom the one true
Romans 8:9, 14
"But you are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he
is none of his....  for as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
(If we "have not the Spirit of Christ" we
are not his...
But, if, and only if, we "are led by the Spirit of
we are the sons of God
The word "Christian" does not just mean"a
follower of Christ," but, rather, it means
"belonging to Christ." A Christian possesses
eternal life through the Spirit of Christ that is in him
Christians are not those who just blandly follow the
teachings of Jesus because they think it is a nice way to
live and behave. Christians are not those who just look
to Christianity as some kind of cure-all for a nation's
Jesus came here and died a gruesome death so that we
might have eternal life. He loves us, and wants us to
live forever with him. That is the fact, and the
subsequent hope, that a Christian bases his or her life
"The Spirit itself bears
witness with our spirit that we are the children of God,
 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and
joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together."
(There is no other witness, including that of
"good Christian behavior," of and by itself,
that bears witness with our spirit that we are the
children of God. Only the Holy Spirit in us can beget us
as children of God. We cannot claim kinship with God
unless we accept this full born-again relationship with
1 Corinthians 3:16
"Don't you know that you
are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells
(The church is the temple of God, and its true
members all share of the Holy Spirit that dwells only in
that holy temple.)
1 Corinthians 6:15-17, 19
"Don't you know
that your bodies are the members of Christ: Shall I then
take the members of Christ and make them the members of a
harlot? God forbid.  What? Don't you know that he who
is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For he says,
two shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined unto
the Lord is one spirit.  What? Don't you know that
your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in you, which
you have of God, and you are not your own."
(A Christian is the very property of God, a holy
child of the Royal Household. It is the Holy Spirit that
makes our spirit one with the Lord. There is no other way
to be a part of that household but through the Spirit.)
1 Corinthians 12:13
"For by one Spirit we are
all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles,
whether bond or free, and have been all made to drink
into one Spirit."
(It is the Holy Spirit that makes us a part of the
church. Being on the membership roster of a denomination
has no bearing on whether or not we are Christians.
Please note: this is not to say we should avoid mutual
A truly converted Christian
for the fellowship of the body, and does not avoid his or
her brothers and sisters in Christ. Read 1 John and 2
John, among other scriptures, and you will clearly see
that to be a "lone wolf Christian" is an
oxymoron, an impossible contradiction of terms.)
"And because you are sons, God
has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts
crying, 'Abba, Father'"
(The presence of the Holy Spirit in us creates a bond
with God that is closer than blood family ties. The word
"Abba" is an Aramaic word, somewhat similar in
usage to "Daddy." Jesus addressed his, and our,
Father as "Abba" in Mark 14:36.
If we truly know God, then, as perfect love casts out
fear in our lives, we should become comfortable thinking
of him as a warm and loving Father, Abba, our Dad. Can we
accept this kind of relationship? This is what he
desires. It is what the Spirit in us urges us to desire,
and empowers us to enjoy. The Spirit of his Son in our
hearts is crying, "Abba, Father.")
"And they that are Christ's
have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
(The Holy Spirit in us enables and empowers the
Christian to walk the Christian walk. The Christian lives
in the Spirit.)
"Now therefore you are no
more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with
the saints, and of the household of God,  and are
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone, 
in whom all the building fitly joined together grows unto
a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are
built together for a habitation of God through the
(The household of God to which Christians belong,
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and
on the chief corner stone Jesus Christ, is a spiritual
temple. Without the Spirit, one cannot be a part of it.)
1 Thessalonians 4:6-9
"No one is to
transgress, and defraud his brother in the matter,
because the Lord is the avenger of such things, as we
also have forewarned you and testified.  For God has
not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  He
therefore that despises [i.e, a brother], despises not
man, but God, who has also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
 But concerning brotherly love, you don't need me to
write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to
love one another."
(This is a warning. Since all true Christians possess
the Spirit of God, and Christ dwells in them, if we
despise a fellow Christian [the word translated as
"despise" here is "atheteo", meaning
"to displace, to set aside." It can also be
translated as "reject."] we are not only
rejecting the person, we are rejecting
who dwells in that person.
We are saying, in effect, "Sorry, God, I just can't
accept your judgment in calling this wretched individual
to yourself." This can be a grave transgression.
That is why Jesus warned, in Matthew 5:22, "But I
say to you, that whoever is angry with his brother
without cause shall be in danger of the judgment, and
whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca'
['empty-headed'], shall be in danger of the council, but
whoever shall say, 'You fool' [i.e., 'graceless wretch',
or, 'morally worthless'], shall be in danger of Gehenna
To think of another Christian in these terms, perhaps
because of their denominational affiliation or doctrinal
leanings, is a deeply offensive transgression. The
sentence for each of these progressively worse states of
mind is proportionally just. After all, it is the
rejection of God
the man, not
just rejection of the man, that receives the judgment of
1 Peter 4:14
"If you are reproached for the
name of Christ, happy are you, for the spirit of glory
and of God rests on you. On their part, he is evil spoken
of. But on your part, he is glorified."
(Again, when a Christian is reproached for being a
Christian, God considers that it is
that is 'evil spoken of,' but the
Christian is in fact glorified by his sharing in the
reproach of Christ, and bearing it on Christ's behalf.)
1 John 3:24
"And he that keeps his
commandments dwells in him, and he in him. Hereby we know
that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given
(Like Romans 8:16 (quoted above), it is the Holy
Spirit that he has given us that is our proof that he
abides in us. The Holy Spirit alone is the verification
and the proof that one is a Christian. Christianity is
not just "a chosen life-style"; it is a state
"...how they told you there would
be mockers in the last times, who would walk after their
own ungodly desires.  These are those who separate
themselves, sensual, not having the Spirit."
(Jude here differentiates sensual people (oriented
toward things of the physical life) who have "crept
in undetected" into the church (see Jude 3) but
reject Christ and the supernatural, from the others in
the church who have the Spirit of God. Note that one of
their identifying traits is that the mockers separate
themselves. Why? Those who are led by the Spirit are led
to unity and peace in the Spirit. Those who are not led
by the Spirit cannot dwell peacefully with those who are,
or even with each other.)
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Different translations of the
Bible, and various interpretations of scripture and doctrine, may
contain errors, but in all major translations the errors are not
a barrier to salvation.
Salvation is by grace, a gift from God.
Christian works are the acts
of Jesus dwelling in us.
Jesus lives in the members of the church,
and the church is his body in this age.
Everyone sins and breaks the spiritual
law, even Christians.
To love God and to love our neighbor is
the fulfillment of all spiritual law.
God's forgiveness is ongoing and
limitless, and available to all who truly accept Jesus Christ as
their personal savior.
God will never leave us, nor
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