Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
Here we see the origin of the word “Christian”. This is the first time it is used in the Bible. It was used to identify a group of people based on the lifestyle they lead. I wonder if the same people would call us by the same name today. It would do us some good as to why these people were granted the description of “Christian”.
- They were Christ-Like: These men and women that assembled together were definitely people that resembled Christ with their lifestyle. The Bible describes them as being full of the Holy Ghost. They looked and acted “like” Christ and therefore carried the name “Christian”.
- They were Disciples: These folks were true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. It says that “the disciples were called Christians”. That tells me that Christians are identified as being disciples of Jesus Christ. This means the followed the ways, words, and wisdom of Christ.
- They were the Church: Christians and Church should be very closely related. The Church is not what made the Christian. Being Christian made them the Church. Being a Christian will place you in the Church. Be careful around those that call themselves Christian, but want nothing to do with the Church.
Today’s Challenge: Look at your life under the microscope of God’s Word. Examine both the private and public aspects of your life and then determine whether these people would have called you “Christian”.