Saturday, January 10, 2009
DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN, AS FOUND IN GALATIANS
A Christian is one who has the living Christ living in him [2;20; 4;19]. He has had a transforming experience. A Christian is one who has The Holy Spirit [4;6]. He begets IN the believer new characteristics that are productive of Christian conduct [5;22, 23]/ A Christian is one who has shared the Cross experience with Christ, as the basic solution of his personal problems. [2;20; 5;24; 6;14, 17]. A Christian is one possessed of a life so divine, so ideal, that it cannot be pressed into the mold of external regulations [4;9-11, 19-21; 5;1-6]. IN OTHER WORDS, THE CHRISTIAN LIFE CONSISTS NOT IN BEHAVING, BUT IN BEING,a life out of which behavior naturally proceeds; not something external, but internal, the root producing the fruit. It is a LIFE that must be free to express itself; to impose regulations upon it, is fatal to it.