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Knowing Christ



What is a Christian?

A Christian is a person who is a follower of Christ, who has placed his or her full trust in what Jesus did 2000 years ago when He died on the cross for sin and who has the Holy Spirit living within him or her (Read Romans 8:9).

In order for a person to become a true Christian he or she must recognize that he or she is a sinner and he nor she does not have the power within him or herself to become "good enough" for God. God is a Holy God and all are in need of forgiveness from sin since all have sinned and continue to sin (Read Romans 3:23).

This forgiveness comes about through what God has done for us through the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus was the sacrifice provided in our place to pay for the sins of the world. (Read John 3:16). God now offers all people who will accept it, the free gift of eternal life. (Read Rom. 6:23).

When a person places his or her trust in Jesus, God not only offers heaven as a free gift but also grants the person a special gift of His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God enters into the heart of the believer making him or her a child of God. A metamorphose occurs in the heart of the person causing him or her to become a "new creature." This same Spirit joins the new believer on a life long journey of transforming him or her into the likeness of Christ. (Read Romans 8:28-29).

Since God is a holy and perfect God, He demands that His children reflect His holy character. Holiness is an achievement that no one can attain (or maintain) on his or her own. No level of performance will ever achieve God’s standard of perfection. The Christian knows that this holy transformation is a work of God and is not accomplished through self-effort or controlled behavior.

The primary distinction between Christianity and all other world religions is found in this arena. All other religions are based upon keeping a set of rules or maintaining a standard. This is supposedly accomplished through self-effort and controlled behavior. Contrary to this practice in self-righteousness, the Christian is continually looking to and relying upon the indwelling presence of Christ’s Spirit to accomplish any good thing in the believer’s life. Holiness is something that only the Spirit of God can accomplish. True transformation is always a work of God. God is not impressed with the best performance any man can produce. He is pleased with Christ's work on the Cross and with those who are resting in this finished work.

The new believer should see transformation occurring in two basic areas of his life. He or she should be growing and maturing in personhood (becoming like Christ in character) or heart change and also be finding freedom from the lies he or she has harbored in his or her mind that are producing the negative emotions such as worry, anxiety, fear and discouragement by discovering the truth that God has for him or her. (Romans 12:2). Bible study, teaching and Christian education play a vital role in this mind renewal process. Theophostic Prayer seeks to attend to the memory related lie-based thinking that is rooted in the core beliefs of a person. This process of growth and mind renewal is called sanctification.

Read more: Ephesians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Romans 5:5



How is a person made right with God and how does he get into heaven when he dies?

1. The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven. Jesus said concerning getting into heaven: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)

2. Living the best life that you can will not get you into heaven. Living with God in heaven is by invitation only. God offers this invitation as a free gift.

"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

3. We are made right with God and have all of our sins forgiven through placing our faith , trust and confidence in what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross 2000 years ago. What you need to do to in order to have peace with God and eternal life with God is simple:

- Admit you are a sinner.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"(Romans 3:23)

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Romans 5:12)

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."(1 John 1:10)

- Be willing to turn from sin (repent).

"Unless you repent you will perish (not make it into heaven)." Paraphrase (Luke 13:5)

"…God… commands all men every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30)
Note: Please know that repentance is an act of faith since we know we cannot overcome sin on our own efforts, we must choose to turn to God. This freewill choice sets in motion His work in us. The root meaning for the word repent is "changing ones thinking about something." We must choose to turn our thoughts toward His truth and place our faith and belief in what only He can do.


- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

"But God demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"…if you will confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)

- Through prayer, invite Jesus to come into your life and dwell within you.

Jesus said, “I am standing outside your heart's door knocking…. If you will open the door I will come into you…” (Paraphrase Rev. 3:20)

"For with the heart man believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation." (Romans 10:10)

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)


Know that God is willing to forgive you of all your sins and give you eternal life as a free gift. Is this something that you want? If so be willing to turn from your sin and look to Jesus for the forgiveness that God is offering you. If you ask Him to come into your life He will. Just pray right now something like,

"Lord, I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I accept what you did for me on the cross. I accept your free gift of eternal life and invite you to come and live in me. I want your Holy Spirit now. Amen."



"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). When you invite the Lord Jesus to come into your life, He does and you become a child of God.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) With Jesus living in you He will begin to change your thinking, behavior and life perspective. He will begin to make you to become like He is.



If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior there are several practices that will help you get started on your new journey:

1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Jesus better. The Bible is the Word of God to you. It is the final authority in all matters pertaining to life.

"(Gods) word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105)

2. Talk to God in prayer every day. Pray the same way you would talk with a trusted friend. God is your Father and He wants to hear from you and for you to learn to hear His voice. Be still and listen to what He wants for you each day. Let Him speak through the Bible as well.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

3. Be baptized as described in the New Testament. Being immersed under water is the symbol of your being buried with Christ and being raised to walk in a new way of life. (Read Romans 6)

4. Find a bible believing church where you can become an active member. Begin to worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.

5. As God gives you opportunity, tell others about Christ.

"And he said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

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


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