Just in a few basic points, what is a True Christian? How could one recognise such a person?
UK Apologetics Reply:
Okay, I understand that you want a brief, 'in a nutshell' answer, and I am only giving three points.
1. A true Christian would know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, having no doubts that Jesus is exactly Who He claimed to be, that is, the Son of God, and only Saviour of the world. Also he or she would believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. If one should say, "Well, that's all very nice but I just don't see it that way..." then that person is not a true Christian (though he or she could be on the road to becoming a true Christian, perhaps later in life). A true Christian, of course, will not be perfect, often far from it, but will have a faith and certainty about certain things, mainly spiritual things. He or she will definitely have a sense of having to continually 'swim against the tide' in this life because non-Christian society is going in a different direction and taking a different route.
2. A true Christian would believe in prayer and almost always have several examples of dramatically answered prayer in their own life, yet would know that a prayer can be answered with 'yes,' 'no,' or 'yes, but in my own time.'
3. A true Christian will have complete confidence that, when our lives here are completed, a new life awaits just around the corner. He or she will see themselves as mere 'sojourners' here, just passing through en-route to something far better. As Paul the Apostle stated,
1. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3. because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7. For we live by faith, not by sight. 8. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:1-10, NIV throughout).
Robin A. Brace. March 10th, 2017.