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Personal attributes of the true Christian


 What attributes should characterize a true Christian?  How is 
 the true follower of Christ to live?  What does Christian 
 teaching say about what kind of person a Christian is to be? 
 What kind of words describe him?

   Colossians 3:5-10  Therefore put to death your members which 
   are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil 
   desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. {6} Because of 
   these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of 
   disobedience, {7} in which you yourselves once walked when you 
   lived in them. {8} But now you yourselves are to put off all 
   these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of 
   your mouth. {9} Do not lie to one another, since you have put 
   off the old man with his deeds, {10} and have put on the new 
   man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him 
   who created him, 

   Colossians 3:12-16  Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and 
   beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, 
   longsuffering; {13} bearing with one another, and forgiving one 
   another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as 
   Christ forgave you, so you also must do. {14} But above all 
   these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. {15} 
   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you 
   were called in one body; and be thankful. {16} Let the word of 
   Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and 
   admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual 
   songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

   I Thessalonians 4:3-5  For this is the will of God, your 
   sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 
   {4} that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel 
   in sanctification and honor, {5} not in passion of lust, like 
   the Gentiles who do not know God; {7} For God did not call us 
   to uncleanness, but in holiness.

   Rom 13:12-14  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, 
   and let us put on the armor of light. {13} Let us walk 
   properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in 
   lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. {14} But put on the 
   Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to 
   fulfill its lusts. 

   I Thessalonians 4:9  But concerning brotherly love you have no 
   need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught 
   by God to love one another; 

   I Thessalonians 4:11  that you also aspire to lead a quiet 
   life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own 
   hands, as we commanded you, 

   Titus 1:6-9  if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, 
   having faithful children not accused of dissipation or 
   insubordination. {7} For a bishop must be blameless, as a 
   steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given 
   to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, {8} but hospitable, 
   a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-
   controlled, {9} holding fast the faithful word as he has been 
   taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort 
   and convict those who contradict. 

   Titus 2:1-12  Speak the things which are proper for sound 
   doctrine: {2} that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, 
   sound in faith, in love, in patience; {3} the older women 
   likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, 
   not given to much wine, teachers of good things; {4} that they 
   admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their 
   children, {5} to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, 
   obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be 
   blasphemed. {6} Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-
   minded, {7} in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of 
   good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, 
   incorruptibility, {8} sound speech that cannot be condemned, 
   that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil 
   to say of you. {9} Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their 
   own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering 
   back, {10} not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that 
   they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. 
   {11} For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to 
   all men, {12} teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly 
   lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the 
   present age, 

   Titus 3:1-3  Remind them to be subject to rulers and 
   authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, {2} to 
   speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all 
   humility to all men. {3} For we ourselves were also once 
   foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and 
   pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one 
   another. 

   Titus 3:8-11  This is a faithful saying, and these things I 
   want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in 
   God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are 
   good and profitable to men. {9} But avoid foolish disputes, 
   genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they 
   are unprofitable and useless. {10} Reject a divisive man after 
   the first and second admonition, {11} knowing that such a 
   person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. 

   James 1:19-22  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be 
   swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; {20} for the wrath 
   of man does not produce the righteousness of God. {21} 
   Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, 
   and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to 
   save your souls. {22} But be doers of the word, and not hearers 
   only, deceiving yourselves. 

   James 1:26  If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and 
   does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this 
   one's religion is useless. 

   James 3:16-17  For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion 
   and every evil thing are there. {17} But the wisdom that is 
   from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to 
   yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and 
   without hypocrisy. 

   James 4:4  Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know 
   that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever 
   therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an 
   enemy of God. 

   James 4:7-8  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he 
   will flee from you. {8} Draw near to God and He will draw near 
   to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your 
   hearts, you double-minded. 

   I Peter 1:13-17  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be 
   sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be 
   brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; {14} as 
   obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former 
   lusts, as in your ignorance; {15} but as He who called you is 
   holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, {16} because it is 
   written, "Be holy, for I am holy." {17} And if you call on the 
   Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's 
   work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here 
   in fear; 

   I Peter 2:1-2  Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, 
   hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, {2} as newborn babes, 
   desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 

   I Peter 2:11-12  Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, 
   abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the 
   soul, {12} having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, 
   that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by 
   your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of 
   visitation. 

   I Peter 3:8-12  Finally, all of you be of one mind, having 
   compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, 
   be courteous; {9} not returning evil for evil or reviling for 
   reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were 
   called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. {10} For "He 
   who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his 
   tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. {11} Let 
   him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and 
   pursue it. {12} For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, 
   And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the 
   LORD is against those who do evil." 

   I Peter 4:3  For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in 
   doing the will of the Gentiles; when we walked in lewdness, 
   lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable 
   idolatries. 

   I Peter 4:8-9  And above all things have fervent love for one 
   another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." {9} Be 
   hospitable to one another without grumbling. 

   II Peter 1:2-10  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the 
   knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, {3} as His divine power 
   has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, 
   through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 
   {4} by which have been given to us exceedingly great and 
   precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of 
   the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the 
   world through lust. {5} But also for this very reason, giving 
   all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 
   {6} to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to 
   perseverance godliness, {7} to godliness brotherly kindness, 
   and to brotherly kindness love. {8} For if these things are 
   yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in 
   the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. {9} For he who lacks 
   these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has 
   forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. {10} 
   Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call 
   and election sure, for if you do these things you will never 
   stumble; 

 
   Nov 2003




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