What Makes Christians Different
What makes Christians different is the Bible.
First of all, receiving Jesus makes people Christians and only that. Then the Bible makes them different from unbelievers. How much different depends upon how much they study the Bible and obey it.John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.1 John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
John 17:9, 17: I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. . . . 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
God does the sanctifying. He is the One who makes Christians different. He uses the Bible (thy truth) to sanctify those that He has given to Jesus (Christians). The Bible uses a lot of different words to describe how God wants to make Christians different from unbelievers. Sanctified, chosen, royal, holy and peculiar come to mind. There are many others.
Strong*s definition of sanctify: to make holy, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: hallow, sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated): (most) holy (one or thing), saint.1 Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peter is writing to those who are kept by the power of God (Christians).1 Peter 1:1, 5: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,… 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
God gives us pastors and teachers to teach us from the Bible how to be different.Ephesians 4:11: And he gave . . . pastors and teachers;
If Christians study the Bible just a little, and do not avail themselves of the pastors and teachers, there will be times when nobody will notice that they are Christians and that they are different. Sometimes they themselves will not even know they are different. If Christians study the Bible and learn from the pastors and teachers more, more people will notice that they are different and they will notice it more themselves. Seeing the differences between themselves and others will give them greater assurance of their salvation.
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