Vol. 8, No. 12
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Excuse me English teachers, but I contend that "Christian" is an action noun. I know, normally it is an "action verb," but I stand by my contention.
"Christian" is an action noun because it means I am a believer. "Believing" is an action that I take. It means that I make an active decision to believe. It is a "work of faith" (2 Thessalonians. 1:11). It is a commanded action (Mark 16:16).
"Christian" is an action noun because it means I am obedient to God. Hebrews 5:8-9, Matthew 7:21, Romans 6:18 and many other passages show that we must be obedient to God if we are Christians. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments."
"Christian" is an action noun because it means I am walking with God. I am walking "in the spirit" (Galatians 6:16), "in faith" (Romans 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:7), "in the light" (1 John 1:7) and "worthy of the Lord" (Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12).
"Christian" is an action noun because if I am not active I am lost. I am on sinking sand (Matthew 7:24-27) if I am not active. I am lost if I do not obey (2 Thessalonians 1:8). I have only a dead faith (James 2:26) that cannot save me.
If you don't believe that and act like "Christian" is an action noun, it will cost you an eternity. When you read or hear the word "Christian" from now on, remember that it is an action noun, and live like you believe it!