Are You A "Real" Christian ?

If you have never personally trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin,[1] we want you to read this very carefully, for it is written just for you. [2] Or, if you are not sure that you are a "REAL" Christian, please read this very carefully, for it is written for you, also.

Why do we say "real" Christians? Just because of the great confusion as to who is a Christian. Too many people are wrongly supposing[3] that a Christian is one who manages to live a fairly decent and respectable life. Listen to me, a good[4] life or a dozen good lives could never in God's world make one a Christian.

No one can make himself a Christian. No, not by quantities[5] of good works or a moral life of the highest quality, not by church attendance, baptism, good citizenship, education, charitable giving, burning candles, reciting prayers, studying the Bible, or a hundred and one things of similar nature. Do you understand?

Nor does one become a Christian by a negative attitude toward life, that is, refraining[6] from drinking, smoking, swearing, adultery, idolatry, or kindred sins. A sinner who stops sinning is a sinner still. What he needs is to become a new[7] person, with a changed, cleansed heart, and a godly nature.[8]

Please understand that salvation is definitely a work of God[9] for humans, not human's work for God. God is the only One who can make a true Christian. And God is free[10] to do this, that is to change sinners into saints, because of the sacrificial[11] work of His Son, the Lord Jesus, on the cross of Calvary. God can forgive your sins and save you because His Son died[12] for your sins. He gave himself a ransom for you! Did you know that?

So then, real Christians are sinners like you and me who have been washed white,[13] (not whitewashed) by the exceedingly precious blood of the Son of God. May we pause here a moment to earnestly inquire if you are a "real" Christian? Has the burden of your sins been removed? Have you been born again, from above? Have you become a new creature in Christ? If not, you can be!

Perhaps you have never known how to be saved.[14] Well, I can easily tell you, and in a few words. God saves sinners like you and me on one condition. That condition is, that you receive the entire matter of salvation as a gift,[15] from His hands. He has wrapped up all the parts of salvation on one wonderful Person,,[16] the Lord Jesus Christ. When you receive Him, you are eternally,[17] saved. And I mean saved!

How may I receive Him? Well, to receive Christ is to believe[18] in Him. Not intellectual, head belief, but deep heart belief. Believe Him to be the Son of God,[19] born of a Virgin, living sinlessly,[20] laboring peerlessly. Believe that when He hung on the cross He hung there for your[21] sins. Believe that He triumphantly rose[22] from the dead. Believe that He will come again, for us.

If you will receive this Person, this Gift into your heart of hearts, God will instantly and gloriously accomplish in you the miracle of salvation. You will become a "real" Christian.,[23] God will truly become your Heavenly Father. All other real Christians,[24] will be your brothers and sisters in Christ.

But - do not procrastinate.
Be saved today!

"It will not save me to know that Christ is a Saviour; but it will save me to trust him to be my Saviour. I shall not be delivered from the wrath to come, by believing that his atonement is sufficient; but I shall be saved by making that atonement my trust, my refuge, and my all. The pith, the essence of faith lies in this---a casting oneself on the promise. It is not the life buoy on board ship that saves the man when he is drowning, nor is it his belief that it is an excellent and successful invention. No! he must have it around his loins, or his hand upon it, or else he will sink." (From a Sermon delivered December 14, 1856, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon)

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