What is it that describes that word?
It is a matter of Romans 10:9?
if you will confess with your mouth our Lord Jesus and will believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Or what about Acts 16:31?
And they said to him, Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and both you and your household will be saved.
Or maybe Matthew 10:32:
Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
Or maybe as some within Christendom believe, the answer is in Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace that you are saved through faith
There are also those who claim that Acts 2:38 holds the answer to this question:
Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, so that you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Those same folks like to follow up that passage with Luke 13:3
I say to you that all of you also, if you do not repent, will perish
The allegorical Christian would point to 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins
Or what about things like the 'Golden rule' talked about in Matthew 7:12:
Whatever you wish men to do for you, do likewise also for them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Does being a Christian come down to doing right to those around you?
Or what about the 'Great Commandment' as written in Luke 10:25-28?
And behold, a scribe stood up to test him, and he said, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Jesus said to him, What is written in the law? How do you read it?
He answered, saying to him, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus said to him, You spoke the truth; do this and you shall live.
What if we were to look back in the Old Testament, are there any signs and indications in the old school books that really speak to what a 'Christian' might be, is supposed to be?
Well, there is Deuteronomy 6:5:
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And what if we look to the Law?
For that, many like to point Leviticus 19:17-18
You shall not hate your brother in your heart; but you shall in any wise rebuke your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.
You shall not bear any enmity against the children of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
And lastly, when we look deep into the back of our Bibles we find Revelation 3:20:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.
Are you really a Christian?
So now that we have taken a look at some portions of the Holy Text that take a look at what a 'Christian' can be explained as, scripturally speaking, we need to try to address the question at hand, "Are you really a Christian?"
For this we need to answer another question:
have you lived a life that is in accordance with all of the verses listed above?
To properly answer the question "Are you really a Christian?" you have to be able to answer the question of if you have, if you do, live a life that is in accordance with what the Bible indicates is required to be a Christian.
If you have, if you do then the answer should be clear.
As Ezekiel 36:26 very clearly states:
A new heart will I give you, a new spirit will I put within you; and I will remove the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
If you have a heart of flesh, if you have the spirit of God within you, then you should be able to very clearly answer the question do you really a Christian?
+John B. Abela
Thank you much to ponder
Sure glad you put the verse from Ezekiel 36 ... so important and one which is a favorite of mine. Good word and thank you.
Interesting question. I am totally a different with the Heart of flesh and the Spirit of God.