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What Does the Word Christian Mean to You?

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The word Christian has been in existence since soon after the first-century Church began. Many people in this 21st century claim that they are Christian without really knowing what the Scriptures say about who the followers of Christ really are (Matthew 7:21-23 Matthew 7:21-23 [21] Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
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The word Christian will be confusing to anyone who does not have a biblical understanding, because so many nonbiblical beliefs and ideas are called Christian today (Isaiah 29:13-14 Isaiah 29:13-14 [13] Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: [14] Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
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; Matthew 15:8-9 Matthew 15:8-9 [8] This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
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). Few realize that these ideas are not pleasing to God (Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 16:25There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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; Revelation 22:18-19 Revelation 22:18-19 [18] For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book: [19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
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We can avoid the trap of being wise in our own eyes (Proverbs 3:7 Proverbs 3:7Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
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; 12:15). We can search the Scriptures daily, careful to find out what God says about our own ideas, so we can truly claim that we are following Jesus Christ's instructions in worship and festival celebration.

We are the chosen of God (1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
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). We are called out of this world and have the opportunity to live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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By searching the Scriptures daily to know what God says about His people, we will not follow the deceitfulness of Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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; Colossians 2:8 Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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) that is all over the world!

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