A definition states the meaning of a word by using other words, so all parties arrive at the same place, clearly understanding each other. Sometimes the original meaning can be blurred or lost in the process of description. Satan’s deception in the Garden of Eden questioned Adam and Eve’s understanding of God’s command. With our limited understanding, we can’t define or understand the incredible things that await true believers in heaven (1 Cor 2:9).
The world’s definition of success is fame, wealth, beauty etc but these things soon pass. The Bible asks the question, “What good is it if a person gains the whole world, yet forfeits their own soul?” (Mt 16:26). In contrast we can define success as knowing Jesus as Lord and displaying the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22,23; Phil 3:8; 2 Pet 2:20).
Can I be defined as a true Christian?
being loved so much that Jesus died in our place, allowing us the privilege of spending eternity with Him. We become children of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Our identity is tied to Christ – we are Christians, Christ’s ones.
The Bible specifically declares that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life” which is only available through Jesus and is a gracious gift, not the outcome of any works on our part (Act 4:12; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:5,8,9). The Bible explains eternal life is having an intimate relationship (knowing) God and Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12, 17:3; 1 Jn 5:20). In God’s sight humans are defined as either unsaved or saved; having “passed from death to life” if we have repented and are walking in His ways (Jn 5:24; 2 Jn 1:4,6). Individually we are accountable and will be judged by God's standard and definition, not ours (Jn 12:48).