What Do Christians Believe? [Simple Truth]

Christians believe in Jesus

Being a genuine Christian means that you are a follower of biblical Jesus who is not the Jesus of our imaginations. He is the Christ, the image, the icon, and the physical manifestation of God. He is God.

That’s the simple way to answer “what do Christians believe”, but that’s not specific enough so let’s explore what that means in detail.

He offered Himself as sacrifice for us on the cross to die in our place. He took our individual punishments and gives us the free gift of salvation.

All we have to do in return is:

  • Recognize that we are sinners in need of a savior
  • Make Him the master of our lives
  • Try to follow Him in faith as best we can.

All of this information comes from the MacArthur Study Bible, and is a great resource to have at home to help us understand the Bible.

Believing anything else disqualifies us for salvation and is the mark of cults like the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness organizations.

New age, deconstructionists, and progressive “Christians” do not believe in Jesus from the bible. These people are apostates who are wolves within the church that would do you harm and follow it up with a “praise God!”

Biblical Jesus being equal with God is the defining characteristic of a true Christian. Everything else is cult behavior.

MacArthur Study Bible

So what do Christians believe about God?

God

Isaiah 45:5-7 tells us that He is the only Lord, the only God, and He is the cause of all things.

This means that idols are nothing but our imaginations. 1st Corinthians says that “there is no such thing as an idol in the world” because there is only 1 God.

He has a monopoly on truth because He is the only truth.

The Gospel means good news. Christians are expected to spread the Gospel through the nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 validates the trinity which is 1 God in 3 forms.

God the Father

1st Corinthians 8:6 says there is only one God, and He is the Father. One Lord that is Jesus who made all things and also that we live through Jesus.

God promises universal blessing through Abraham. We are all descended from Adam, through Abraham, and eventually Noah after the flood. Christians will eventually become one united body according to Ephesians 3:9.

John MacArthur claims that “God is the source, the sustainer, and the rightful end of everything that exists.” (study bible note: Romans 11:36) We simply could not exist without God. Science doesn’t claim to know what holds everything together, but Christians know from the bible that God is the glue.

John 1:12 shows us God’s grace: “but as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He (Jesus) gave the right to become children of God (the Father), even to those who believe in His (Jesus) name.”

So whoever turns away from sin, accepts Jesus as their savior, and believes that Jesus is who He said He is will be adopted as a son or daughter of God the Father. This person will receive eternal life and be allowed to live in Heaven.

Fortunately for us God is not fair. He is good, so we get grace and mercy instead of instant judgment and destruction for our sins.

God the Son

A wonderful sacrifice came down from Heaven through a virgin birth, lived a perfect life, and purchases all believers out of eternal damnation. His name is Jesus Christ.

Many Christians don’t realize that Jesus was involved in creating everything in the universe. He existed before the universe. In fact, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” according to John 1:3.

Jesus was the person of God who walked with Adam and Even in the garden. We were created in His image with a face, arm, legs, etc. We just need to remember that He is God and we aren’t.

It’s odd that most people accept Alexander the Great historically but struggle with Biblical Jesus even though there is 10 times more proof that Jesus came and did all that the bible says He did.

The world allows anyone to believe in aliens, unicorn, and anything else that contradicts what we know from the bible, but will happily murder and persecute Christians. This is because Jesus is real and alive.

Jesus said “I am the good shepherd.” Christians are His flock. He owns us and gave His life for us. John 10:14-18 shows that Jesus is not like a simple employee who will run at the first sign of danger to protect himself.

Believers are commanded to model our lives after His example. Philippians 2:5-8 gives a good summary:

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the for of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

God the Holy Spirit

Genesis says that the spirit of God was moving over the surface in the dark when the earth was still “formless and void.”

The Holy Spirit guides all believers into “all the truth” according to John 16:13 and baptized all the church into one body of believers regardless if you’re a Jew or Gentile. Genuine Messianic Jews and authentic Gentile Christians have the same beliefs and the same teacher in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit does the work of transformation in Christians as they read the bible. This explains why so many people who set out to prove the bible wrong end up worshiping Jesus as born again believers.

What Do Christians Believe About Man

The Lord (Jesus) formed man out of the dust, created them in His image, and put in them the breath of life. Humans are created beings with the purpose of knowing the creator (Jesus).

Jesus: The Good Shepherd

God gives us a chair in Heaven, not a throne. He makes the rules, and His word never changes. He says that believing in Jesus is the only way to Heaven, so it’s the only way according to authentic Christianity.

All men fall short, and the situation quickly headed downhill. It went something like this: cultivate the garden and keep it, eat freely, don’t eat from one specific tree or you’ll die, here’s a partner so that you’re not alone, hello wife, you ate what, now we die.

We all fall short of His glory. That’s what sinners do, but there is hope!

Salvation

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise and the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:4-7

What a gift for genuine believers! Let’s dig a little deeper into what that means:

  • Election – to be formally chosen
  • Regeneration – to be reformed
  • Justification – to be declared righteous
  • Sanctification – to be declared holy or set apart
  • Security – to be guaranteed salvation
  • Separation – to be different from the sinful world

Election

He chose Christians to be His before He made the world, which also means that He made the world for us. Earth is uniquely situated to mesh well with all of our senses, but that’s another story.

Being chosen is a gift of grace and mercy because He knows that we can’t measure up to the standards of a perfect God. Christians realize that our lives depend on the gift of His mercy because none of us are good. We fell for the devil’s lie in the garden and need a savior.

Regeneration

This is the wondrous work of the Holy Spirit. Believers evolve towards the image of Jesus through God’s word with understanding imparted by the Holy Spirit.

True regeneration produces obedience to God and righteous attitudes.

Justification

Only God declares who is righteous. He chooses those who have faith in Jesus, repent or turn away from their sins, and confess Jesus as their sovereign Lord. Lord is another word for master, so Jesus literally owns true Christians.

Jesus made us and then came to earth and paid for our sins with His blood. He took responsibility for us and He holds the key to Heaven.

Sanctification

Authentic Christians are set apart from the rest of society and declared holy. This is why Christians are called saints. We have been moved from the dark into the light.

Security

True believers can’t lose their salvation. The new trend of people publicly renouncing their faith, deconstructing their faith, and all the other apostate stunts means that they were never saved to begin with.

It simply means that they have stopped faking it and want to be openly evil.

Christians are expected to be thankful and rejoice in the knowledge that they are secure in Christ. God forbids Christian liberty to be used as an excuse for sinful living. It’s not a get-out-of-jail card.

Separation

Separation from sin is an obvious theme in the bible. Christians believe that His gift is so big that we should strive to live lives that demonstrate our adoration for the Lord Jesus.

We are privileged to live lives in continual pursuit of holiness according to Matthew 5:2-12.

The Church

Every saved believer is a member of the church, and the purpose of the church is to glorify God. MacArthur makes this exact statement about Ephesians 3:21.

One spirit, the Holy Spirit, baptized us all into the church. Each of us has own own role to play and walk to walk. This is a reality that Christians need to accept because Jesus calls for obedience.

What Do Christians Believe About Angels

Angels are created beings that worship and serve God. Fallen angels rebelled against God and have become demons.

Satan was an angel and is known as “the author of sin.” Satan brought down other angels with him and fell under judgment.

Fallen angels are not allowed redemption. All of them will eventually go to the pit.

what do Christians believe about angels

End Times – Eschatology

So what do Christians believe about the future?

Roughly 25% of the bible is prophetic. God says that He told us the end from the beginning so that we know that he is the beginning and the end. It is comforting to know that His word is always solid. What He says will happen always happens through history.

Death

The words of Jesus: “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). This means that you seemingly meet Jesus immediately when you die. Barabbas was a murderer being crucified next to Jesus that came to believe in Him while hanging there and was saved. Barabbas had no works, but turned to Jesus and said “remember me when you come into Your kingdom.”

Revelation 6:9 says that many Christians will be martyred for their faith. God will avenge these souls and liberate them. Jesus was murdered for the truth, so we shouldn’t be surprised when persecution comes knocking at the door.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. – Danial 12:13.

Danial 12:13 (NASB)

Jesus said “it is finished” just before He died, but He didn’t stay dead. He rose on the 3rd day and showed us that we can follow Him to heaven.

Rapture

We learn that “the dead in Christ will rise first just before the living church gets “caught up” or snatched away (1Th 4:16, 17).

Jesus tells us in Matthew 14:1-3 that He goes to prepare a place for us so He will naturally be coming back for us too. We are His.

Tribulation

Jeremiah 30:7 calls this 7 year period “the time of Jacob’s distress” and is associated with the final restoration of Israel just preceding Christ’s Second Advent (2nd coming).

This period leads to all the true Christians being raised at the “Resurrection of Life” in stages while the non-believers stay asleep until the end of the millennial reign according to Revelation 20: 4-6.

The 2nd Coming & Millennial Reign

This is the period that begins with Jesus touching down at the end of Tribulation and goes until new heaven and new earth are created (See Revelation 20:1-22:21).

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory…He will sit on His glorious throne” from Matthew 25:31. Jesus will rule with the saints on earth for 1000 years. The earth will be repopulated by Tribulation survivors.

Isaiah 65:17-25 tells us a lot about the 1000 year reign of Christ. Lifespans will increase again as in the days of Noah who lived 950 years from what I can tell (“as the lifetime of a tree…”) It says that anyone dying before 100 will be like a child dying. Interesting.

Judgment of the Lost

And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. – Revelation 20:9

I’m not sure how cults get around plain Scripture, because the bible clearly shows equality between Jesus and God:

“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgement to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father.”

John 5:22-23 (NASB)

Eternity

2nd Peter 3:10 shows us what will eventually happen to this world. He says that this world system will be put to an end and burn up.

This is in contrast to the 1st time God destroyed the planet with water during the days of Noah. The second destruction is a flood of fire.

Then we will live with Him redeemed forever after.

Hopefully this article has answered the question of what do Christians believe.

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