The Mark of a True Christian

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A Christian is sanctified and holy, but is troubled, and at times all but overwhelmed by sin.  The Christians is an enigma whose only solution is to be found in God. 

  • Ian Hamilton

 

God has done for us what no one else could do.  He has forgiven our sins by the substitutionary death of Jesus and he has radically changed our hearts and our minds.  As such a Christian is someone who presents their lives as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.

 

In other words part our identity in Christ is a constant longing to be conformed into the image of Jesus – to be holy as he is holy – to love as he loves – to forgive as he forgives – to be transformed by the renewal of our minds.

 

Our holiness in Christ is a present reality and it is something that is formed in us as we follow the one who gives us his righteousness as a gift.  As such a Christian is someone who is perfect and is progressing on towards perfection.

 

What does this mean?  Simply put, if we are not grieved and humbled by the sin in our lives today we should ask ourselves if we are really in Christ.  Conversely, if we are perplexed and troubled by our sin, and grieved over our inconsistencies and contradictions, I would suggest we evidence one of the key marks of someone who is truly following Jesus, because in Christ we are holy and in Christ we strive to live out this new aspect of our identity.

 

So today remember you are holy and blameless in Christ Jesus, so do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed into the image of your blameless Savior.


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