What Is Christianity?
World has many ideas about this.
But let us learn from the Bible what Christianity really is.

The purpose of this lesson is not to point out the source of authority in religion, nor in former dispensations of bible history, but in Christianity.
There are many things by which authority is needed.
We also are subject to authority in all things.
There is authority in the home. In the schools. In the community. In the city. In the county. In the state. In the country.
There is a system of right and wrong in each of these systems.
In most cases right is rewarded and wrong is punished.

Our study is Christianity authority.
We must determine what it is and where it comes from.
What is Christianity?
Christianity is the system and lifestyle taught by Jesus Christ and the apostles. It is peculiar to Christ.
"how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him," Hebrews 2:3 (NKJV)
"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)
This system is presented in various formats and styles and in different aspects. Yet in each case, it centers around Christ.
Christianity is a system of teaching or doctrine with Christ as the teacher.
"This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." John 3:2 (NKJV)
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)
"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen." Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)
"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42 (NKJV)
Christianity is a system of law with Christ as the law giver.
"For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you." And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." Acts 3:22-23 (NKJV)
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2 (NKJV)
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
"Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10 (NKJV)
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)
Christianity is a system of government with Christ as the king.
"And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Luke 22:29-30 (NKJV)
"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36 (NKJV)
Christianity is a life style or system with Christ as our model, example, guide or blue-print.
"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4 (NKJV)
"When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." Colossians 3:4 (NKJV)
"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:" 1 Peter 2:21 (NKJV)

Christ is to Christianity what the sun is to the solar system.
How He is, determines the condition of the system.
Without the sun, the whole system ceases to exist.
We cannot exist without the sun.
Neither, in the spiritual realm can we exist without the SON.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.
John wrote that the whole earth cannot contain all that Christ is.
But the little we are given is enough to learn how to be a Christian and live a Christian life.
Are you living that life right now?
If not, why not now?

By Carey Scott

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