How do you know you are a Christian?
I mean, apart from when Christ came to you, what are the evidences that you have been born from above (John 3:7)? While praying a prayer is essential to becoming a Christian (Romans 10:9, 13), the greater authentication is by the evidences of a transformed life.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:17 (ESV)
If Christ did take up habitation inside of you, then there should be evidence of Him being there. It is kinda like when a maid comes to your hotel room after you have left. There is evidence you were there.
What evidences can you point to that shows Christ is living with you? These evidences do not make you a Christian, but they do point to that reality (See James 2:14-17).
The Gospel should always grip our hearts and the evidence of its grip is seen in how we live our lives. Jesus was distinctly Christian. He was not another kind of religious person, but the kind we are supposed to be (Ephesians 4:17-24).
There were distinctions that made Him unique. These are the same distinctions that make us unique. To be a Christian is to be like Jesus. To not be transforming into Jesus is contrary to what being a Christian means. Are you transforming?
In order to determine what it means to be a Christian, we must separate the singular acts of the Christians in the Bible from the repeated patterns of those Christians.
Singular, non-repeatable actions in the Bible were typically meant for a moment in time, rather than something we are to emulate (Ephesians 5:1). Unique events from historical figures are not generally considered normative, meaning they are not things we should be doing today for the same reasons they did them then.
For example, Moses threw a tree in a pond and the water became drinkable. This is not a recommendation for you to throw a tree in a pond and then drink the water (Exodus 15:22-26). They were healed. You may become sick.
Another example is when Gideon put out a fleece to figure out what to do next. This was a one time special circumstance that was...Read