Rhetorical question: has anyone ever looked up the definition of the word “Christian(s)” in scripture? Well, here it is in case you haven’t …. It comes from the Greek word “Christianos” (pronounced, khris-tee-an-os’) meaning, “a follower of Christ.” And, the word (Christian(s)) is used only three times in scriptures — Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16.
- (Acts 11:26) …And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
- (Acts 26:28) Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
- (1 Peter 4:16) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
Christians are “followers of Christ” not Christ-like as many are deceived to believe.
During the first century, the people in Antioch called the disciples of Jesus Christ Christians (Acts 11:26) because they followed Him, His doctrine, and His ways. The real Christian is His sheep who know Him, follow Him (by taking up their/our cross), and know His voice according to the scriptures — not according to the doctrines and commandments of men.
Folks, we really need to know the scriptures — they are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15). Oh, and by the way, there is only ONE faith (Ephesians 5:4), and it cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
So … whose report do you believe? In other words, are you willing to stand firm and faithful on the word of God you heard? Or, will you blow it off as if it doesn’t concern you? Think about it….
He/She who hath an ear to hear, let them hear.