The Marks & Characteristics of a Christian

The Marks & Characteristics of a Christian

How do we know where we can find these marks, these characteristics? God’s Word is a very good place to start. Our HBC “Statement of Beliefs” notes this about God’s Word:

The Scriptures … are the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to men; the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried”.

Also, together we have begun reading, discussing, memorising and applying the weekly gems from the Catechism. Recently we read this in Week 2:

The Word of God, which is contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the only authority by which we are directed how we may glorify and enjoy Him”.

God continues to bless us together as we sit under the faithfully preached Word each week. Here, we are continually challenged to apply the Word of God into our lives and Christian witness. Also, our Lord God guides us in our Sunday School, Equip classes, Life Groups, Youth and Young Adults; in our daily scripture readings and more. All this immersion in God’s Word is used to bring God honour, worship and obedience in our lives as He changes us, as He trains and moulds us, to be more like our Saviour Jesus.

Sometimes, we like to have a list from God’s Word that we can access, refer to, be guided by and apply in our Christian lives. There are many indeed throughout this treasure trove, this banquet that is God’s Word. Two come to mind: Romans 12:9-21, sometimes referred to as The Marks of the True Christian and The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. In the Beatitudes Jesus taught His disciples and others, indeed us too, on how we should behave and witness the Gospel to others in this world with all its challenges. All believers, God’s Church, can take these Beatitudes from Jesus as His guidance on the characteristics His saved people have and should exhibit.

Click on the two links above or open your Bibles to the Romans and Matthew passages listed here and read and meditate on them. A good exercise is to then take pen and paper and make lists from each passage. You may also like further input by referring to a concordance or commentary or specifically written books on Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 5:1-12. Also, the Catechism book, entitled Firm in the Faith, gives daily studies and encouragements from God’s Word, and guidance for living as Christians in this world. May the Holy Spirit continue to enable us to bear His marks as we feed on the Word of God.

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