Have you ever stopped to think about what makes you a Christian, or why you are a Christian?
Maybe it was a personal experience with Jesus so powerful that you are wholly convinced.
Maybe it is the nature of the Word of God written for us; complete, sufficient, illuminating, instructive, inspired.
At the core of both, or of anything we could give as a reason for why we believe, is the person and work of Jesus.
16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
These six things are the basics of our belief. Jesus was;
…manifested in the flesh – John 1.14
…vindicated by the Spirit – Matthew 3.16, Romans 8.11a
…seen by angels – Luke 2.8-14
…proclaimed among the nations – Luke 24.27, Colossians 1.28
…believed on in the world – John 3.16
…taken up in glory – Acts 1.8-11
The key to the character needed by the believer (1 Timothy 3.1-13), is being in a personal relationship with this Jesus (v.16 above). The basics of our belief are found in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Take a moment today and think – why do I believe, and am I in this relationship?