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What It Means to Be a Christian

June 26, 2018

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

When you know who Jesus is, you will see what it means to follow him.

1. Jesus is the true prophet. Following him means believing his Word. To be a Christian means that the words of Jesus define truth for you. You give up the right to say, “Christ says this, but I think that.” You place yourself under the authority of the Word of God.

2. Jesus is our great high priest. He came to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins. To be a Christian means that you trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who gave himself to make atonement for your sins.

3. Jesus is the judge of all people. We must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. To be a Christian means that you accept Christ’s judgment. What does it mean to accept Christ’s judgment? “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). Through faith in Jesus, you have peace with God.

4. Jesus is the King of kings. Christ is the King, and he says to us, his redeemed people, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Do you struggle most to follow Jesus as prophet, priest, judge or king? Why? Ask God for grace to help you in this area.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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