Definition of a True Christian

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Hi J____,
Thank you for your question. You ask:

First of all, my definitions are unimportant. With the bible as our guide, a true Christian lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God and keeps the things written therein.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Christ made this statement:

Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

But we have taken it upon ourselves to define what is meant by “love one another,” and most Christians have used that very verse to undermine what the scripture say is “the love of the children of God.” Here is how the scriptures define loving one another. There simply is no other definition:

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We do not “love the children of God” when we accept and tolerate their aberrant and perverse lives. We love the children of God when we obey God’s commandments. Here is an example of that love which is completely rejected by the natural man, and which has led us to the point that there are now multiple thousands of denominations within the church which bears the name of God and His Son.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

This is one of the commandments of God, and any who do not live by this commandment does not even know what the scriptures mean when they say “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, If you have love one for another.”
So a Christian is that man who has the spirit of Christ. But that spirit is to be understood as the words of Christ.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

If we have Christ’s words living in us, then we have Christ living in us, directing our actions with His mind and His thoughts which are expressed through His words, which are His spirit.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

I hope this has answered your question.
Your brother in Christ and His Words,

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