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“Does anybody know you’re a Christian?”


 

When people see you what do they see?  

When people should see us, they should see Christ, as seen in the first instance that word “Christian” was used to describe the followers of Jesus-and guess what it was given to us by unbelievers.  Would it not be great that the worst thing a person said about you is that she or he was a follower of Christ.  

The Strong dictionary defines Christianity as “Christianos”  

khris-tee-an-os’  

A Christian, that is, follower of Christ.  

The word Christian is mentioned three times in the New Testament.  

 2 Act_26:28, 1Pe_4:16 Christians, 1 Act_11:26.  

 It denotes a follower of Christ, or someone that is like Christ-like. So what does it mean to be a follower of Christ or Christ-like? Well to see this, we have to look to Christ ourselves, who is the author and finisher of our faith.  

 Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  

It would be silly of me to try and even to write down all the characteristics and attributes of Christ, I could write for days and it still would not do justice. Nevertheless, if we highlight what he says to his believers on how to behave. Then we can understand how we should behave as a Christian, or how we should reflect Christ as a Christian.  

 John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  

 So if we love Christ, then we should obey his commandments. The question is what are his commandments. Is it the 10 commandments, of course, but the 10 commandments itself we cannot keep, if we did Jesus would never have come down. Christ said he came to fulfil the law of the prophets. So we have to put faith in all what Christ has done, and walk in holiness (blog coming soon).  

Mathew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  

Christ gave a deeper and much more spiritual meaning to the law, which the religious people of the day missed. All of the commandments and Levitical laws were just a shadow of things to come and was fulfilled in Christ.  

 Colssians 2:17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.  

When Jesus spoke on adultery, he said if a man looks at a woman at lust, he has committed adultery in his heart.  

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  

 Christ looks at the heart;  

1Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  

The Old Testament deals with the symptoms of sins, it only covered the sins, but the cause of sin remained. It dealt with the outside man; what to do and what no to do. Unfortunately, the religious people of Jesus’ day missed the spiritual implications of all the laws. It was meant to signify that the Jews were a chosen people separated unto God.  

Deuternomy 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  

 Nevertheless, Christ ordains that to us for the New Testament Christians also in:  

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  

Christ tells us that if we claim to love him, we should love our brothers and sisters also.  

 1Jn 2:9 He who says that he is in the light, and has hate in his heart for his brother, is still in the dark. (BBE translation).  

 We need to forgive are brothers and sister as many times they hurt us.  

 Mat 18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, what number of times may my brother do wrong against me, and I give him forgiveness? till seven times? Mat 18:22 Jesus says to him, I say not to you, Till seven times; but, Till seventy times seven.  

Our words Proclaim but our actions confirm.  

Rom 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.  

 “The confirmation of the Word through demonstration of God’s miraculous power” —Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary. Our actions are meant to confirm the word of God. I spoke about fruit in my last blog, “the greatest trump card, judge me not”.  

https://truspire.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/the-greatest-trump-card-%e2%80%9cjudge-me-not%e2%80%9d/ .  

However, I will repeat, that, as Christians our fruit are meant to be evident in our lives. True believers in Christ rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, by which they have been born-again and made new creatures. By the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, their lives are changed. Nevertheless, the evidence of all these happenings are marked by conformity to the will of God and producing ongoing Godly fruits. They continue in God’s word, while fruit remains which brings glory to Christ.  

 John 8:31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  

So as Christians if our actions are contrary to God’s word, then you have to question where your faith is in, is it in the finished work of Jesus Christ are our own ability, which will fail you. We are truly Christians when our heart and words are consistent with God’s word. The New Testament deals with the Heart, Christ dealt with the root and cause of sin, and he gave us the grace to emancipate us from being a slave to sin. Grace empowers us to live in righteousness.  

(Romans 6:14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  

We should not live as hypocrites, let us not say one thing and do another. Let’s not hide Christ: (Matthew 5:14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  

 (Matthew 5:15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  

 Christ is not meant to be hid in our homes, but proclaimed in the streets.  

 (Romans 1:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  

I will end on this scripture:  

 (Acts 4:13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.  

What should this mean to us? When people saw Peter and John, they saw that they have been Christ, so God’s supernatural powers was reflecting from them. They spent so much time with Christ that it was evident just by people looking at them and hearing them speak. Our lives need to reflect God’s Glory, just like that. Parallel to Moses, when he was in God’s presence, God’s glory shined so brightly on his face he had to veil his face.  

Exo 34:28  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. Exo 34:29  And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.  

 (Matthew 5:16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  

Therefore, when people see us, they should see God’s glory reflected in our lives. The way we do this is by spending more time with God, than we do watching TV, computer and so forth. Of course, I know we have lives, work, school and so forth. Nevertheless, we should be constant communion with Jesus wherever we are (I am learning to do this more and more). We have to spend time in prayer, fasting and meditating on God’s word; we need to constantly be a witness for him in our daily lives. We need to represent Christ in all that we do. No one should ever be shocked or surprise that we are Christians it should always be obvious. If people are shocked then you need to think how am I portraying Christ.  

 “Does anyone know that you are a Christian by your actions or does everybody think you are a Christian because you are acting. “ A very Great video from P4CM “Does anybody know you’re a Christian?”  

  

Seeker  

God Bless

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  1. April 3, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. Christianity

  2. coconutandcream
    April 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    we had a sermon about this in church yesterday! once again a thoughtful post I really enjoy reading, I’ll post this website to my blog!!!

  3. April 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I think that you are on the right track, keep looking at what Jesus really did and taught. You will find that it isn’t what the Evangelical, Catholic, traditional Church teaches. We have spent to much time thinking in our left brains and missed the mysteries that only the heart can experience…
    http:seer7.wordpress.com

  4. May 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    “In religion people are trying to please man as well as God; in relationship with God people are trying to please God alone. I find that real witness is through relationships, there is no quick fix as relationships take time to build. We were all made in the image of God yet are unique and different so if we live as God made us that is a great start and an honour to our Saviour. In this world of requently changing technology with people often changing how they live, trying this and that, people are drawn to those who are consistent in their way of life and live as best as they talk. We need to demonstrate that Jesus is faithful and with us long term.”

  1. April 3, 2010 at 3:56 am

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