Today’s Verse: What it Means to be a Real Christian – 5 Steps

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

– 1 John 5:20

The 5 Most Essential Steps in Being a Real Christian

Being a real Christian is composed of many things.

In a general sense, a “Christian” as a follower of Christ. But that alone does not make you a so-called “real” Christian.

One has to continually work at being “Christ-like, which is no easy task for any human being – but possible – as Jesus himself demonstrated.

1. Belief in Christ

“So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

– Romans 10:17

Before we believe, we must have something we can believe. We need to read the Bible. Faith comes from not only reading the word of God but putting in the extra effort to understand the meaning.

We need to make sure we understand the context, which means we have to understand something of the worldview held by the people living at the time the Bible was written.

We need to read the words spoken by Jesus Christ himself which are recorded in the first four Gospels of the New Testament, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

2. Obedience to Christ

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

– John 14:15

This means not only adhering to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17 in Deuteronomy 5:4-21), but also a strong emphasis on adhering to what Christ said were the two most important commandments:

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’”

– Matthew 22:36-40

3. Being Christ-like

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

– Philippians 2:5

We need to share the same mindset as Jesus Christ.

We need to be humble. We need to be loving. We need to be giving. We need to serve others.

Christ Jesus set the example before us. As Christians, we need to resemble Him in this life.

4. Receiving the Holy Spirit

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

– John 14:26

The Holy Spirit, also called the Holy Ghost, which Jesus referred to, is sometimes translated as the Advocate, Helper, or the Comforter.

The Holy Spirit is actually a person. God is considered to be tripartite, meaning three separate parts yet one, which forms the Godhead.

These three parts are: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit bears the “witness” of Jesus Christ. This “advocate” puts the truth of Jesus Christ in the heart of believers.

The Holy Spirit is also a Christian’s teacher, revealing the truth of God and his will to those who seek it.

The Holy Spirit lives inside the heart of every believer. It helps build God’s holy character within a believer.

“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

– John 16:13

5. Being One With Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

– 2 Corinthians 5:17

When we become one with Christ our old ways no longer exist. To use a modern notion, we have been “refurbished.”

The former way we view the world is now changed. We have new principles, new rules, and new goals. A new heart.

Our character and conduct have changed. Our aim is to do good works.

The most important thing in our life is to be one with Christ, Christ-like and to do things that serve the will of God.