(Tenet No. 4)
1. What does the word “Christian” means?
A follower, or disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 10:39, Luke 14:27, Acts 11:26).
2. Where were the followers of Jesus Christ first called Christians?
An Antioch (Acts 11:26)
3. Is it possible for anyone to be a Christian?
Yes. If he is prepared to accept the salvation provided by God through the Lord Jesus. (John 3:16)
4. What does salvation through the Lord Jesus do for the sinner?
God forgive his sins, accept him as His child, and enables him to live in fellowship with his heavenly Father. (Rom. 6:22,23, 1st John 3:1)
5. How does the sinner obtain salvation?
By repenting and believing the Gospel. (Mark 1:15, Acts 5:31)
6. Is there any difference between forgiveness of sins and justification?
Forgiveness is the saving act of God in the light of His love. Justification is the saving act of God in the light of His law. (Rom. 5:8, Acts 5:31, Rom. 3:26)
7. What is Justification?
Justification is the act of God’s grace, which imputes to the sinner the righteousness of Christ, whereby he is accepted as righteous in God’s sight. (Rom. 4:5-8, 5:1)
8. Is it by good works we are saved?
No. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
9. What, then do we conclude regarding our justification?
God in justification, gives us a standing before Him as if we had never sinned. It is received by faith done based on the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 3:24-31).