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What is a Christian
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Becoming a Christian requires a HEART CHANGE and that can only happen when you allow Jesus Christ to change you.
Source: The Nelson Study Bible | 1997
Paul's letter to the Ephesian church divides neatly into two sections. The first describes the spiritual blessings all believers possess; the second outlines what God expects of believers in light of all He has done for them.
(verse 4) [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; (verse 5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
(verse 6) One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.Ephesians 4 verses 3-6)
(verse 8) Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(verse 9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
(verse 10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
(verse 11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
(verse 12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
(verse 13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.Ephesians 4 verses 7-13)
(verse 15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ.Ephesians 4 verses 14-15)
(verse 18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
(verse 19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
(verse 20) But ye have not so learned Christ;
(verse 21) If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
(verse 22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
(verse 23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
(verse 24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.Ephesians 4 verses 17-24, Ephesians 5:2-14)
(verse 18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
(verse 19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.Ephesians 3 verses 17-19)
(verse 20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places].Ephesians 1 verses 19-20, Ephesians 3:16, 20(verse 16) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
(verse 20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.Ephesians 3 verses 16, 20)
(verse 5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)Ephesians 2 verses 1, 5)
(verse 12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
(verse 13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
(verse 14) For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
(verse 15) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
(verse 16) And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
(verse 17) And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
(verse 18) For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.Ephesians 2 verses 11-18, Ephesians 3:6Ephesians 3 verse 6) (You do not throw people away who get in the way of your dreams!)
(verse 2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
(verse 3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
(verse 4) And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.Ephesians 6 verses 1-4)
(verse 6) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
(verse 7) With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
(verse 8) Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.
(verse 9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.Ephesians 6 verses 5-9)
(NOT through a self-proclaimed prophet or preacher!)
(verse 11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(verse 12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
(verse 13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(verse 14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(verse 15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(verse 16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(verse 17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(verse 18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.Ephesians 6 verses 10-18)