No. 1 – You Are In Christ

Your position in Christ makes you a new creature, a child of God, a co-heir with Christ. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Cor. 5:17). The apostle Paul tells us that, as God’s children, we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

Stop and think for a moment about the fact that you are a co-heir of the God of the universe with His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You share in Christ’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and much more (1 Cor. 1:30).

Your identity as a Child of God accords you “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). This means, heaven has unleashed every blessing on you. Understanding that you are the object of God’s “every spiritual blessing” because of your position in Christ will motivate you to take your spiritual life seriously.

Those who are in Christ bear the name Christian. In many cultures, names have great importance and meaning. What does the name Christian signify and where did it come from?

A Christian

The word “Christian” has been used superficially in modern day Christianity. It was coined not by followers of Jesus Christ, but by the pagans, the unsaved. It comes from the Greek word Christianos, meaning “follower of Christ.” It was used to distinguish the worshippers of Christ from the worshippers of Caesar. In the first century AD, the word Christian was used as a term of derision. But those called by that name came to favor it because of its meaning.

As the gentiles in Antioch observed the followers of Christ, they saw unity among them, and they saw how they cared for one another, “For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:34-35).

As these pagans observed the daily lives of Christ’s followers, they saw how they extended love to those outside their domain and
they recalled how Christ lived in His first advent. They remembered His love for everyone–how He had compassion on many who were physically oppressed and made them well. Having seen His followers with identical traits, they called them Christians––those who act like Christ. Are you living an authentic Christian life?

Please do not brush this question aside, the answer weighs heavily on your blessing both now and for all eternity.

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