What does it mean?
Many of us do not seem to have a clear idea of what a
CHRISTIAN really is. Generally, we think there is a set of
rules which, if kept faithfully, will make a person a
CHRISTIAN. Some of us feel that if our good deeds outweigh
our bad deeds, God will "let" us into heaven...
In the BIBLE certain words are used in connection with
being a CHRISTIAN that should be defined so everyone will
know exactly what it means to become a CHRISTIAN.
Have you ever heard the word CONVERTED? This means to
"turn around." We are going in one direction and by what
the BIBLE calls REPENTANCE, we turn and go in the opposite
direction. By nature EVERYONE is going the wrong way - the
way of sin - and we must be "turned around", or CONVERTED.
There are two BIBLE verses that show this very clearly.
JEREMIAH 10:23 says, "I know that the way of man is not in
himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his
steps." And Matthew 18:3 tells us, "Except ye be CONVERTED,
and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven."
Sometimes we talk about being SAVED. What does this
mean? To be saved means to be rescued from what we are in
our old sinful nature, and to be made what God wants us to
be, so that before HIM we are without sin. JESUS said that
He came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (LUKE
19:10). His part in redemption was to pay the price of sin,
and our part is to place our confidence and trust in HIM as
our personal SAVIOR. When we do this, we can claim GOD'S
promise that "In (Him) we have redemption ... even the
forgiveness of sins." (Ephesians 1:7)
Another phrase found in the Bible is that of being BORN
AGAIN. In the third chapter of JOHN, JESUS said, "Except a
man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (verse
3). What did JESUS mean by that?
We respond and act like human beings because we received
a human nature from our parents. So, to have the nature
that acts according to the will of God, we must be BORN
into HIS family and receive HIS nature. This is exactly
what happens when we are BORN AGAIN. We are placed into
God's family; we are made HIS children. The BIBLE says it
this way: "Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things
become new" (II Corinthians 5:17)
Now, let's discuss the words RECEIVING CHRIST. To
receive something means to take, to accept, to trust in, or
to believe. In the CHRISTIAN life it means to accept
SOMEONE; and that ONE, of course, is JESUS CHRIST, God's
Son. You heard the invitation of the Lord, "Come unto me,
all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest" (Matthew 11:28). You turned from your sinful way
(repentance) and you received JESUS CHRIST as your PERSONAL
It is amazing how many take second best. We have asked
some, "Are you a CHRISTIAN? Are you SAVED? Have you ever
been BORN AGAIN? Have you ever RECEIVED CHRIST?" And thay
have answered, "Well, I belong to a church ... I do as many
good things as I can ... I think I am as good as anybody
... I must be saved!"
Going to church, being good and doing good deeds are
fine, but these things do not give ETERNAL LIFE. The Bible
teaches that to be SAVED - to be a CHRISTIAN, to be BORN
AGAIN, to be CONVERTED - YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS
SAVIOR from YOUR sin. HE is the ONE who died for us (Romans
5:6). HE is the ONE who LIVES in heaven and speaks to GOD
on our behalf EVERY day (I Timothy 2:5).
Suppose an angel should SUDDENLY stand before you and
ask, "Are you ready to meet GOD?" What would YOUR answer
If you are not CERTAIN, invite JESUS CHRIST into your
heart and life RIGHT NOW. Make CERTAIN that YOU know what
it means to be a CHRISTIAN.
You can pray a prayer RIGHT NOW to do just THAT, by
repeating the following prayer and meaning it in your
heart. It doesn't matter if you close your eyes or not, God
only wants your heart to be true:
"Lord Jesus, come into my life and my heart. I do now
acknowledge my sins and accept you as my personal savior. I
acknowledge you as the Living Son of God, and Lord. I
hereby commit my life to you for eternity."
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