What is a Christian?'s Testimony

What is a Christian?

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Introduction 2
The Bible 9
What is a Christian? 14
Conclusion 30
All Bible verses are highlighted in blue Italic text.
By Lincoln Forlong
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You're probably reading this because a
Christian friend gave it to you. Whether you realise
it or not, or even care about it or not, God wants to
be at peace with you.
Strangely, it seems that often the most
important; life changing bits of information about
God are withheld from us, just in case we find it
offensive. However, as the truth of how God wants
to intercept your life for His glory and your benefit
is of far greater importance, I want to share God’s
side of the discussion.
Your beliefs of God have probably been
influenced by life’s events and relationships. You
may accept there is more to life than we can
humanly know or understand, and you may have
tried to get sensible answers to genuine questions.
Your Christian friend, like you and I, was
born as a non-Christian. Like you, we’ve reasoned
through the whole God, Bible, Jesus Christ issues.
Previously, we looked at life and God through the
eyes of our personal history, which directed the
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way we evaluated God. However, at some point we
decided instead, to view life, ourselves, and God, as
God sees it. Choosing to see things as God tells it in
the Bible, this is what He calls faith.
Be encouraged, you have caring friends who
want the best for you. But most of all, God loves you
and wants you to know Him personally.
I'm going to bypass reasoning through
popular ideas, current controversies, religious fads,
philosophies, personal preferences, and your
desires for this life. I won't attempt to answer your
every question or explain every bad thing that
happens in life. I simply wish to share what God
says is of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:3).
As my good friend Gerald regularly says;
"Life is not a dress rehearsal, it's not a practice run."
We all participate in this unchangeable fact, we only
get one crack at life on earth, that's it. No rewind, no
replay options, no restart button, no soul sleep or
recycling, and no reincarnation. In the Bible, God
writes in Hebrews 9:27 that ...man is destined to die
once, and after that to face judgment. A sobering
thought that should grab our attention regardless
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of personal religious persuasion. We need to be
certain that we have the right understanding of life,
death, and God - because this life is the only
opportunity we have to reason through this
Everything I share in this booklet is based
on two realities:
1) There is a knowable God; ...He (God) has also
set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they (mankind)
cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to
end (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Every human has the innate
awareness of God, even though we may not know
what to do with this knowledge.
2) The Bible is God's written Word to all
mankind. "If you want to hear from God, read your
Bible. If you want to hear Him audibly, read it out
loud." - Justin Peters (Strange Fire Conference 2013,
Grace Community Church, Los Angeles, USA).
Jesus Christ said that God's Word (The
Bible) is truth (John 17:17). The apostle Paul told
his young friend Timothy that "the church of the
living God, (is) the pillar and foundation of the truth
(1Timothy 3:15). Simply put, Christians are those
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responsible for speaking about and maintaining
God's truth found in God's Word, the Bible.
Those people who live indifferently toward
God, will often try to convince you that there is no
God. Others will tell you that you hold the power to
decide if, how, and when, you enter into a
relationship with God, or not. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Both of those ideas are
exactly what the great enemy of God (Satan) wants
you to think.
You may just want to get on with life in a way
that works for you, considering your particular
background and history. You may have genuinely
consoled yourself with neutral feelings toward God,
thinking that will be good enough. You may be
saying to yourself; "Surely, if God is loving, He will
accept me."
 You may be hiding behind a spouse, or family
member who is a Christian, thinking: "God has
to accept me because of their faith."
 You may question: "What sort of God would
send nice people to a place of torment (Hell)
after death?"
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 You may reason: "I'll put it right with God when
this life ends. I'll sort it out later."
 You may have convinced yourself: "When I die,
that's the end, it's all over, the end of
everything, there is nothing beyond the grave."
 You may be cheeky enough to think: "I'll take
my chances - it's all good."
 You may realise that your life is a mess, aware
of a deep sense of personal guilt. Thinking that
you are beyond forgiveness, past restoration,
abandoned to whatever fate lies ahead.
 You may be deeply offended because God didn't
deliver the goods in the way you wanted in the
past. Disillusioned, you've told yourself that
God has burnt any chance of winning your
 Or, you may think: "I simply don't care, leave
me alone."
We humans are quick to assume that whatever
we conclude about God is right, and good enough.
Typically, we fail to ask God what He thinks, or
what He wants for us.
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Fortunately for us God so loved the world that
He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes
in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John
3:16). God, not being content with mankind's
response toward Him, intervened in this world and
our lives through His son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Compelled by love, God created a way in which
every human would have the opportunity through
belief in the Lord Jesus Christ to enter into eternal
life with Him.
Often our spiritual conscience is so dulled, that
we are not even aware that God is not at peace with
us. We can ignore Him, rationalise Him out of our
thinking, even work against Him. However, we can't
change the facts of our separation from Him, His
love for us, and His
desire for us to
know Him on His
My father had a
sign which read: “I
love Jesus Christ,
ask me why?” He
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would place on a stand in public places, then,
standing beside it, he would wait for people to
respond. The obvious response was: "Why do you
love Jesus Christ?" Following, you will read God's
answer to Dad's question. As I share with you the
"don't beat around the bush" issues of what it
means to love Jesus Christ and call yourself a
Christian, you will discover God's view: His truth
for your life as He tells it from His Word, the Bible.
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The Bible
As God is the one who created and
maintains all things both visible and invisible,
including your life, it is reasonable to accept that
what He says is authoritative and final. Here, I
briefly and simply want to establish the significance
of the Bible to the entire Christian faith.
The Christian's primary source of authority
is the Bible, the Word of God. Because of this,
Christians turn to what God says in His Word for
knowledge of Him and answers for things we don't
understand. The Bible lays out definitive, singular,
knowable truth that is unchangeably absolute.
The Bible was authored by God Himself
through human penmen, "For prophecy never had
its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God
as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2
Peter 1:21).
The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40
different inspired human authors, over a 1500 year
period, in 3 different languages, from 3 different
continents, with no historical or contextual errors
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or contradictions. The entire Bible, from beginning
to end (Genesis to Revelation), evidences Divine
In the Bible, we see what God says about the
universe and mankind. We see that the historical
information is accurate, the scientific information is
verifiable, and that prophetic predictions are being
accurately fulfilled. Following is an excerpt from
John MacArthur's book "You Can Trust the Bible",
which adds greater clarity.
The Bible also presents a most plausible,
objective understanding of the universe and the
existence of life. It presents a God who creates. That
makes more sense than believing that everything
came out of nothing – that nobody times nothing
equals all things - which is essentially what the
theory of evolution says. I have an easier time
assuming that someone produced everything. And
the Bible tells me who that someone is: God. The
study of creation helps explain how things became
the way they are from a geological standpoint. The
Bible tells of a supernatural creation that
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took place in six days and of a catastrophic
worldwide flood. These two events help explain
many geological and other scientific questions...
English philosopher Herbert Spencer, who
died in 1903, was famous for applying scientific
discoveries to philosophy. He categorized that
which is knowable in the natural sciences as time,
force, motion, space, and matter. However, Genesis
1:1, the first verse in the Bible, says, "In the
beginning (time) God (force) created (motion) the
heavens (space) and the earth (matter)." God laid it
all out in the very first verse of Scripture.
There is no way to explain the Bible's ability
to predict the future unless we see God as its
Author. For example, the Old Testament contains
more than three hundred references to the Messiah
of Israel that were precisely fulfilled by Jesus Christ
(Christ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word
Peter Stoner, a scientist in the area of
mathematical probabilities, says in his book Science
Speaks that if we take just eight of the Old
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Testament prophecies Christ fulfilled, we find that
the probability of their coming to pass is one in
1017. He illustrates that staggering amount this way:
We take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the
face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two
feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars
and stir the whole mass thoroughly... Blindfold a
man and tell him… he must pick up one silver
dollar... What chance would he have of getting
the right one? Just the same chance that the
prophets would have had of writing these eight
prophecies and having them come true in any
one man. ([Chicago: Moody, 1963], 100-107).
And Jesus fulfilled hundreds more than just
eight prophecies! ("You Can Trust the Bible" by
John MacArthur, 1988, Moody Press)
The Bible is primarily God's revelation of
Himself to mankind. He never asks for our opinion
or approval. He doesn’t want us to interpret His
Word through our human, distorted perception of
life. He simply tells us objectively that the central,
most significant person of the Bible is Jesus Christ!
…he (God) has spoken to us by his Son… (Hebrews
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1:2). If you want to know God, you look for Jesus
Christ in the Bible. Everything that follows grows
out this truth concerning the Bible.
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What is a Christian?
Christianity - you cannot inherit it from
others, you cannot buy it, and you cannot earn it!
You cannot negotiate a deal that is convenient for
you and satisfying to God. You cannot bluff your
way into God's family and you can't sweet talk God
into giving you a break.
Many think they are Christians because they
claim to believe in Jesus, or they attend church.
Some hang their hope on a 'decision' they made, or
a 'prayer' they prayed at a church service. Possibly,
they grew up in a Christian family, attending
Sunday School, or some other Christian run
program as a child, saying they have always
believed the Bible and God. They may have been
christened, confirmed, or baptised into a church
organisation as a child. They console themselves
with the idea of childhood Christian influence being
sufficient to carry them for the rest of their lives.
It's possible for such people to grow well into adult
life, continuing in church attending Christian
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practices learned as a child, yet without any
authentic relationship with God.
The questions we should be asking are:
 What does God say in His Word (The Bible) a
'Believer’ in Jesus is?
 Why does God say we need to become a Jesus
believing Christian?
First, nothing that follows will make sense
without acceptance of this truth: We are all sinful,
spiritually dead, and awaiting our appropriate
eternal payment.
God informs us in no uncertain terms, that
we …all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23). King David, from Old Testament
Bible times, confessed that: "Surely I was sinful at
birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me"
(Psalms 51:5). From birth, we all sin and have
disobedience in our hearts. All wrongdoing is sin (1
John 5:17a), and we all do plenty of wrongdoing.
There isn't a single person able to pass the "Good
Person Test" (Note 1).
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I understand that this is a humbling
realisation, especially when the world is telling us
the opposite.
(Note 1: You can take the test if you like, by going
online to www.areyouagoodperson.org)
Both personal and world history verifies
that: There is not a righteous man on earth who does
what is right and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
Until we take ownership of our sinfulness,
we will resist God and His Word at every point. An
attitude of spiritual belligerence will permeate
every thought, every belief, every partial
commitment we make, as we draw closer to a right
understanding of God.
God tells us that because of our inherent sin,
we are dead in our transgressions and sins, and that
we are by nature objects of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3).
God, being sinlessly holy, requires justice for our
sin, and that justice requires the death penalty. The
Bible tells us that the ...soul who sins is the one who
will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father,
nor will the father share the guilt of the son... the
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wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him
(Ezekiel 18:20). Our personal sin earns wages,
which is death (Romans 3:23). Put simply, the most
accurate reward for sin is death. This death penalty
is not transferable, nor is it able to be shared with
another, nor can it be erased by a fellow sinner. Our
unbelief in Jesus Christ keeps us in our pre-existing
state of guilt before God: ...whoever does not believe
stands condemned already because he has not
believed in the name of God's one and only Son (John
We need to agree with God that ...everyone
who sins is a slave to sin (John 8:34), accepting that
...because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant
heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for
the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment
will be revealed (Romans 2:5). I realise that
accepting this is not comforting, leaving us in a
fearful state of haunting expectation, that one day
we shall stand before God condemned, guilty as
charged, and without any excuse or redeeming
qualities. Believe God when He says that ...the
cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers,
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the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts,
the idolaters and all liars - their place will be in the
fiery lake of burning sulphur (Hell) Revelation 21:8.
Understanding this is essential if we expect
to know God as He wants to be known. Notice that
in Revelation 21:8, there is no distinction between
the severity of sin. We humans tend to categorise
sin, ranking sin by its severity, in an attempt to
present ourselves as being better than what we
really are. To God, the liar is as guilty as the
murderer. The unbeliever is as guilty as those who
practice magic arts. Sin is sin, no matter how you
cut it. All sin is worthy of eternal judgement - death.
Being born a sinner myself, I know how we
avoid coming to grips with this terrible reality. We
find ourselves trapped by sin, yet we live in denial
of it. We go to extraordinary lengths, attempting to
find any belief, any alternative, anything that will
offer hope apart from acknowledging our true
standing as a sinner before a holy God. However,
like you, I'm forced to deal with the reality of my
life. I prove God to be truthful; I am a guilty sinner
awaiting judgement.
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Finding ourselves in this incurable
predicament, spiritually bankrupt (Matthew 5:3),
without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12),
let’s consider God's solution to our dilemma. The
Bible shows three non-negotiable components to
becoming a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ.
These are:
1. To be a Christian you must agree with
God about who Jesus Christ is.
Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, fully God
while simultaneously being fully human.
The Bible says that ...in Christ all the fullness
of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). The
apostle Paul, who wrote to Titus, stated that they
were waiting for ...the glorious appearing of our
great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).
Again, Paul told the People of Philippi that Jesus
Christ is ...in very nature God... (Philippians 2:6-7).
Jesus was not simply a good man who
inspired others. Nor was he a religious guru who
swayed others to His way of thinking. He didn't
come to fight for political reform or environmental
protection. No, Jesus tells us Himself, "I and (God)
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the Father are one" (John 10:30) and if you do not
believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will
indeed die in your sins (John 8:24). The sin of
disbelieving who Jesus is, is sufficient to qualify for
spiritual death.
God gives us a more detailed explanation of who
Jesus is in Hebrews 1:2-3a ...in these last days He
(God) has spoken to us by His Son (Jesus Christ),
whom He (God) appointed heir of all things, and
through whom He (God) made the universe. The Son
(Jesus Christ) is the radiance of God's glory and the
exact representation of His being, sustaining all
things by His powerful word.
Hebrews 1:2-3a details a most compelling
truth for the human race; the one true God, who
created and maintains all that exists in the cosmos,
has made Himself known to mankind through His
Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only
full and accurate expression of God. God is
unashamedly non-negotiable regarding Jesus Christ
being His exclusive path to both the knowledge of
God and entering into a relationship with Him. If
you want to know God, you must look to His Son the
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Lord Jesus Christ. There is simply no other way by
which you can know God, although you may wish
there were other ways. Others may attempt to
convince you of other ways, but the fact is that, God
emphatically says there is none. Jesus Himself said,
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
2. To be a Christian you must believe in
(trust in, depend upon) Jesus Christ to forgive
you of the sin that separates you from God.
Jesus alone was qualified to take our place
in receiving our punishment because "He committed
no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth" (1
Peter 2:22). No other person has ever been sinless,
therefore, no other person qualifies to stand in our
place of judgement. Therefore, belief in Jesus Christ
is depending upon the fact that He (Jesus Christ)
himself bore our sins in his body on the tree (The
cross)... (1 Peter 2:24). God the Father vented His
full justice on His Son, punishing Jesus with the
death penalty for our sin. God did not send his Son
into the world to condemn the world, but to save the
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world through him (John 3:17), therefore, Jesus is
our only Saviour, the only sinless one who has given
His all so that we would have the opportunity of
escaping judgement.
Believing in Jesus Christ means we abandon
all ideas of ever being able to satisfy God's
righteous requirements. So, we grab hold of the fact
that Jesus Christ has already paid the price fully for
our past, present and future sin by His death on the
cross of Calvary. Christ died for sins once for all, the
righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God...
(1 Peter 3:18).
Believing in Jesus Christ means we
dependently put our trusting confidence in Him
who ...was delivered over to death for our sins and
was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25).
Justification means that we are acquitted from guilt,
deemed to be right before God purely because of
Jesus death and resurrection which he did in our
place. The crucifixion we should have suffered, He
suffered in our place, carrying the full load of our
sin which was placed in his body.
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3. To be a Christian you must love Jesus
Christ as your Lord (Master).
A Christian accepts Jesus words: If anyone
loves me, he will obey my teaching (John 14:23). The
man who says, "I know him (Jesus)", but does not do
what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in
him (1 John 2:4).
The Bible calls this change of attitude
toward Jesus "repentance". Repentance means to
turn and go in the opposite direction. Therefore, a
non-Christian should realise that to believe in Jesus
Christ is to change the total direction of your life
from living for self, to living for Jesus Christ as Lord.
Jesus said: I have not come to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). It's appropriate
then, that a Christian produce fruit (behaviour) in
keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8), behaviour
that is visible evidence that God has genuinely
changed the direction of life. This is what God
means when He says that all people ...must turn to
God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus
(Acts 20:21).
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Jesus' Lordship is what distinguishes the
pretend from the genuine Christians. At the heart of
any decision to believe in Jesus Christ, is an open
expression of a surrendered life. The apostle Paul
explains: ...if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is
Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him
from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
James, the half-brother of Jesus, explained how we
can monitor the authenticity of our belief in Jesus
by examining how we express faith, when he said
...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is
dead (James 2:17). Our newly obedient lifestyle is
NOT what saves us from our sin, rather, it is what
authenticates our belief in Jesus Christ as being
A person doesn’t get to this stage of their
understanding of God just to say a little prayer,
using all the correct words, then go out continuing
to live the same way they always have. Jesus
declared His Lordship over anyone who genuinely
wants to believe in Him by saying: "If anyone would
come after me, he must deny himself and take up his
cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23). Believing in
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Jesus Christ means daily living in denial of selfperceived
rights. It means living daily as if we were
actually about to be crucified because of our faith
in, and allegiance to, the Lord Jesus Christ. The
apostle Paul explains the relationship between
belief in Jesus Christ and Lordship in these words:
For Christ's love compels us, because we are
convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
And he died for all, that those who live (Believers)
should no longer live for themselves but for him who
died for them and was raised again (2 Corinthians
5:14-15). This attitude fuelled the Apostle Paul's
confession that: "For to me, to live is Christ and to
die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
Living as a Believer in Jesus Christ does not
mean adding Him to your religious beliefs, and, it
does not mean He is your fire insurance against
eternal judgement and you carry on living life your
way. No, Jesus takes over! Belief in Jesus Christ
means total self-abandonment and surrender to His
control as Lord. As Believers in Jesus Christ we say
with the apostle Paul; If we live, we live to the Lord;
and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live
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or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason,
Christ died and returned to life so that he might be
the Lord of both the dead and the living (Romans
We do not take Jesus for a test drive. We do
not have Him on a 90 day trial with right of return.
He is not waiting for us to give a performance
review of how well He's done at satisfying us.
Belief in Jesus is total surrender, complete
abandonment of self, a relinquishing of all personal
rights to His supreme headship. Jesus takes over as
Sovereign Lord. God's Word makes it very clear, so
that anyone considering belief in Jesus will
understand that: ...with regard to your former way of
life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted
by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the
attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and
holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
If you intend to add Jesus to your existing
religious beliefs as a safe guard, DON'T. He
demands exclusivity.
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If you intend on passively including Jesus in
your existing lifestyle as an add-on, DON'T. He
demands total domination, not inclusion.
If you are working on assimilating the
appearance of belief in Jesus while retaining control
of your values, beliefs, behaviours, speech etc.
DON'T. He demands total control as absolute God
of your life.
So, a Christian, a Believer in Jesus, is someone
who recognises their sinfulness along with their
impending judgement before a holy God.
Acknowledging their total inability to do anything
to help themselves, they put trusting faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ alone, believing that His death on
the cross was payment for their sins. They
surrender their lives, their daily thinking and living
in obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord.
The results of belief in Jesus Christ are the
following, to mention only a few. These spiritual
truths are to be realised as actual following genuine
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ:
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 God declares us righteous in His sight
REALISE THAT ...your sins have been forgiven on
account of his (Jesus) name (1 John 2:12).
REALISE THAT ...we have now received reconciliation
(Romans 5:11). Reconciliation is the exchanging of
our sin for Christ's righteousness. Reconciliation is
what turns the sinner from being an enemy of God
into one who has God's favour.
REALISE THAT ...there is now no condemnation for
those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ
Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the
law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). Believers are
never to be condemned for sin.
 God declares us to be His children
REALISE THAT ..."to all who received him (Jesus), to
those who believed in his (Jesus) name, he (Jesus)
gave the right to become children of God” (John
REALISE THAT ...He (God) predestined us to be
adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ... (Ephesians
1:5). The Believer is now a child of God.
 God indwells us by His Holy Spirit
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Realise that ...you also were included in Christ when
you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him
with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians
1:13). The very moment you believe in Jesus Christ
as Lord you receive the permanent indwelling of
His Holy Spirit.
 God grants us eternal life
REALISE THAT ...whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). The very
moment you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord you
receive the permanent, irreversible gift of eternal
 God makes us new
REALISE THAT ...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2
Corinthians 5:17). Whatever we were before we put
faith in Jesus as Lord is gone, dead. In Jesus Christ,
God sees and treats us as new people.
REALISE THAT ...He saved us through the washing of
rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5b).
In God's sight, we are now viewed as clean people,
renewed by the Holy Spirit and acceptable.
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"I just want to have fun. It's my right to have
fun. Why can't I believe and live the way I want?
Don't I have the right to think what I want? I don't
hassle God, so why can't He leave me alone?"
Statements like these are based on false
assumptions that Christians are not capable of
enjoying life and that the only way someone can
enjoy life is by living in isolation from God. The
greatest deception found in these statements is
this: it's wrong to presume that mankind has a right
to live independent of God.
First, God is not a kill-joy, He actually wants
people to enjoy life ...because nothing is better for a
man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.
Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days
of the life God has given him under the sun
(Ecclesiastes 8:15). Through King Solomon, God
gave instruction many years ago by saying: "Be
happy, young man, while you are young, and let your
heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow
the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see,
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but know that for all these things God will bring you
to judgment" (Ecclesiastes 11:9). God makes us
aware that pleasure achieved by sinning, by defying
and disobeying Him, has a very real negative
reward. Living independent of Him in pursuit of
self-gratification is permitted by God, even though
it's not what He wants for you. Unfortunately, it
carries a seriously long term negative consequence
that personally, I don't think makes for a wise
Two adages speak the truth on this matter
1) Your greatest, yet most subtle enemy is SELF!
Even when left alone by Satan and others,
self will happily lead you away from God with
eternally damming consequences!
2) Sin will take you further than you ever wanted
to go
Sin will keep you longer than you ever wanted
to stay
Sin will cost you more than you can ever pay
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As in all of life, what we think is freedom of
choice comes at a high cost, and turns out to be
nothing more than enslavement to wrong thinking,
leading to wrong conclusions about God.
Second, God created you for His glory! You
were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
and for His pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, 9). You fall
short of your designed purpose by choosing to
disbelieve in the Lord Jesus. God is robbed of His
rightful glory, you are deprived of living a life at
peace with Him, plus you forfeit eternal life. All this
you exchange for a few limited years of self-centred
living, only to end with an eternity separated from a
loving God and experiencing unquenchable
punishment for your sin.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may
be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from
the Lord (Acts 3:19). For salvation is found in no one
else, there is no other name under heaven given to
men by which we must be saved (Act 4:12).
If you realise your need of the Saviour, the
Lord Jesus Christ, I encourage you to talk with God:
For My Friend
 Confess and repent of your sin. Turn to living
for Jesus Christ as your Lord (master).
 Believe in Jesus Christ alone as the one who
paid for your sin, buying your forgiveness with
His life on the cross of Calvary. Believe that
Jesus Christ took your place on the cross.
 Believe that you, with your old way of life, died
with Jesus on the cross of Calvary and that God
is giving you a new life, eternal life, in His Son
the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ,
or want more help, may I suggest you speak
with the Christian friend who gave you this
booklet. Read God’s Word daily. Begin attending
a Bible teaching church or Home Group.
I would love to hear from you if you would like
to share your story, or, if you have something I can
help you with.
For My Friend
Visit www.bbf.org.nz
Email info@bbf.org.nz
Bay Bible Fellowship
PO Box 15478
Tauranga, 3144
New Zealand
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