Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Vision (4.23.15): Who are the followers of Christ?

The New Testament uses numerous names and titles to describe the followers of Jesus Christ.  Each of these names teaches us about who we are in Christ.  Here are a few to ponder:

Christians (first used at Antioch:  Acts 11:26);
Disciples (Acts 6:2);
Brethren (Galatians 5:13);
Friends (3 John 1:14);
Little flock (Luke 12:32);
The body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27);
Little children (1 John 2:1);
The elect (Colossians 3:12);
Believers (1 Timothy 4:12);
Those “of this way” (Acts 9:2);
The sect of the Nazarenes (Acts 24:5);
The beloved (1 John 4:7);
The called of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:6);
Living stones (1 Peter 2:5);
The Israel of God (Galatians 6:16).

This list is certainly not exhaustive.  As you read the Scriptures in daily or family devotions this week, look for more descriptions of believers and meditate on the significance of those names.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle


Phil Brown said...

"The Israel of God" has some very heavy eschatalogical implications! I appreciate you sharing this. Good thoughts.

Jeffrey T. Riddle said...

Yes, I definitely do not take the dispensational view that this title applies to ethnic Israel but to believers as true Israelites (cf. Rom 2:28-29; 9:6) and the spiritual seed of Abraham (Gal 2:28-29) whether Jews or Gentiles.