Christianity is seen to have originated from Judaism because of Jesus, born in Bethlehem but living in Nazareth, and the beginner of what later came to be called “the sect of the Nazarenes”.
Various men of the time who became his followers were to become foundational members who left written records of this time in history, among them was Paul, previously Saul.
Today, many claim to follow his teachings, with a very wide spread of what that may mean.
ESSENTIALLY Christians, followers of Christ, disciples of Christ, believers, SHOULD BE something like this. They are people who have emerged from systems of law to instead, become followers of Christ’s Spirit, by his Spirit.
Having become released from laws and legal constraints and restraints, they emerge into the freedom of the children of God, because his own very Spirit now inhabits them and sustains and guides them.
This very Spirit of the living God gives them life, even to their mortal bodies, and causes to flow from them the attributes and qualities of their God, towards others. They are now participant in the divine nature, and consider themselves to be in the promise of eternal life, which by faith they believe they are currently participant in, having had a spiritual resurrection which they share with Jesus.
They know and are aware that salvation, life, does not come from doing things or not even necessarily trying to do things to please God, but by submitting their thoughts to his request of them to believe and rely on his love, and to allow that love, by His Spirit, to continually cleanse their hearts, even as their hearts have already been cleansed by faith in his cleansing, by and of his love.
The guarantee lies in the body of Jesus as the permanent sacrifice for sin and death, by his death and resurrection, and the resultant Spirit of life as a free gift to all who will take it. “A peculiar people, eager to do what is right”.
THERE ARE NO LAWS, DOCTRINES, ACTS, WORKS, RITUALS, FOODS, MEMBERSHIPS, ALLEGIANCES, RELIGIONS, DENOMINATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, BIBLE STUDY, INTELLIGENCE, INTELLECT OR ANY OTHER SUCH THING THAT GIVES LIFE, IT IS BY FAITH IN HIM ALONE THAT THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WILL GIVE YOU HIS LIFE. Even as he has already given his life for you, now he gives it TO you. “All things are yours…”
The law kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor. 3-6: They are now participants from within the divine nature (which is Christ).
GOD’S REQUIREMENT OF YOU IS THAT YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE NOW RIGHTEOUS BEFORE HIM Because of what he has done in Jesus, not because of what you have done, or because of anything you could do, but only because of his love in removing your unrighteousness.
[It is of interest to note that knowledge and intellect are prized by some sects, so low intelligence seems to be to them a near disqualifying defect in those wishing to “win the prize”. Coupled with references to the destruction of those who do not measure up to their idea of who is suitable to ‘enter the kingdom’ brings memories of a certain hitler person, who was fond of dealing with fringe people. Paul speaks of this in Corinthians as regard to “Not many wise..”etc.] [Maybe they would decline the offer of being able to call God, “daddy” (Abba).]