August 1 – Are You a Christian?

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“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…” –Ephesians 1:4

A close examination of the apostle Paul’s writing shows that he never used the word “Christian.” In fact, the word “Christian” is only used three times in Scripture:

  • The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26). It doesn’t say they called themselves Christians, but rather, they were called Christians.
  • The second time it is used, King Agrippa told Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28).
  • The third time it is recorded, it was used by the apostle Peter to encourage the early church during a time of persecution, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed” (1 Peter 4:16).

The title of “Christian” was primarily used of the world to describe those who were “little Christs.” Paul, however, described believers, not in accordance to a title, but rather a position.  He always deemed us as being “in Christ.” And the truth is, the work of Christ in salvation was not accomplished to give you a title, but rather to secure you in a position. In Him, you have been crucified, buried, risen, and seated in the heavenlies! The next time someone asks if you are a Christian, tell them, “Yes,” but also tell them you are in Christ!

Daily Reading: Isaiah 29-31

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