What Is A Christian?  Part II

In Part I we saw that the word "Christian" is essentially the merging of the words "Christ" and "in".  The early believers in the book of Acts did many mighty signs, miracles, and wonders because they tapped into the power that was made available by the gift of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2.

If a person believes to receive the promise and has "Christ in" them, they are a Christian.  Being is Christian is defined by what God says.  It is not defined by what your denomination or mine says.

There are many phrases used in Christian circles that may be used to make you feel like a Christian, but feelings do not make you a Christian.  Phrases like "give your life to Jesus" or "let Jesus in your heart" do not make you a Christian.

Associating yourself with a particular group does not make you a Christian.  Giving up smoking or gambling does not make you a Christian.  Lighting candles does not make you a Christian.

Before we proceed further we need to define from the Word of God certain terms, as they are vital to understanding the Word of God, and therefore life.  They are:  body, soul, and spirit.

If you can understand these three words, the Word of God (and life) will simply fit.  If you get them wrong, nothing will.

Christian circles have basically adopted the thinking of Eastern religions in that they equate "soul" and "spirit".  The Word of God makes a distinction that we need to be clear on.

A very condensed verse which we must thoroughly master to understand the origins of man is in Isaiah:

Isaiah 43:7

Even every one that is called by my name:  for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Are the words "created", "formed", and "made" synonymous?  Most people say "yes".  If the Word of God means what it says and says what it means, then we must respect that and discover the meanings of these words, else why bother reading at all?

Another verse vital to our understanding:

I Thessalonians 5:23

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are the three words "spirit", "soul", and "body" synonymous?  No.  We must go to the Word and let the Word speak as to what is formed, made, and created, and what is body, soul, and spirit.

Part I | Part III