WHAT ARE YOU?

"In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature (Gal 6.15)."

People sometimes ask me if I am a Christian after I preach the gospel to them. When I tell them no they don't know what to think. Then I tell them that I am a born again Harry. Then I ask them their name and tell them they are a born again (whatever their name is). That they became born again when they believed on Christ after the gospel was preached to them.

Regardless of the name we go by or are what others would like to call us we are what we are. The Apostle Paul wrote, “By the grace of God I am what I am I... (1 Cor 15.10a).” Our actions determine what we are, “His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I but the grace of God which was with me (1 Cor 15.10b).” Christ says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples (Jn 15.8).” He has ordained us to go and bring forth fruit (Jn 15.16) by planting the gospel seed for He commands all believers to - “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15).”

Paul writes, "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel) to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21)." "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." The gospel is easy to preach once we know what it is. According to the scriptures the gospel is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." and it can easily be preached to another after asking them, "Did you hear the good news (Gospel means good news.)?" This is the gospel the Apostle Paul received and preached (See 1 Cor 15.3-4.), therefore it is good enough for us to do the same. In fact, Paul writes, "If any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed (See Gal 1.6-9)."

We bear much fruit, thus glorifying God, by preaching the gospel to others and teaching them how to preach the gospel as well (1 Cor 1.21) as Christ's commands (Mk 1615 & Mt 28.20). This is why Paul could write, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes."

Are we declaring the gospel to others that they might believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 3.36 & 6.47, Acts 16.31)(See SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for a definition of 'saved'.)? This is what matters most (Gal 6.15-16) and this is what determines whether or not we are His disciples (Jn 15.8 & 1 Jn 4.2-3).

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