I am a person who believes in God and the work of His Son Jesus. We are a people of faith. We are first and foremost, believers. There is great comfort in the fellowship of believers. Believe is what we do.
We are members of the family of God. We are brothers and sisters. That is how God and Jesus see us.
The word Christian is used sparingly in the New Testament. Those who belong to Jesus the Messiah; are normally called in the Scripture as believers, saints, brothers and sisters, disciples and the children of God. Originally a nickname, the term is only used three times in the Bible.
The Greek word is Χριστιανός, Christianŏs, khris-tee-an-os; one who is identified as a believer in and follower of Christ [the Messiah]—‘Christian.’ χρηματίσαι τε πρώτως ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ τοὺς μαθητὰς Χριστιανούς ‘it was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians’ Ac 11:26.
The common ancestry of Jesus and disciples makes him unashamed to call them “brothers.” Unbelievers shame them through defamation and ostracism, but he honors them by appointing them his brothers. Jesus appoints them thus in speaking to God himself, whose opinion counts while that of unbelievers doesn’t.
Naturally, we accept the designation made by Jesus his Son. Originally, the King David spoke of his own proclaiming the name of the Master to fellow Israelites and singing the Lord’s praise in their assembly at the temple in Jerusalem.
- Hebrews 2:11 — 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
- Acts 15:3 — 3 Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.
- Colossians 1:2 — 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in the Messiah who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13 — 13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Master, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
- Revelation 19:10 — 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”