“Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:22-26 (KJB)
The word of the Lord, the gospel of Jesus Christ was spreading, growing, lives of Jews and Gentiles alike were being changed by the power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Some changes were not good for the one’s preaching the gospel; because sometimes hearts grow hard against the gospel, and their lives are darkened with their minds and souls.
When the word of God and the gospel is preached there is always a response. Some will just say “No! Not now”, Some will give positive acceptance to Christ with a “Yes! I believe”; then there are those who are angered by it and set out to destroy the messenger. You will also have the passives who will do nothing with what they hear.
Barnabas was sent to go as far as Antioch. He saw the grace of God and was glad; that is that the grace of God was working wherever he went on the way. He must have arrived in Antioch and realized there was so much work to do that he needed help; so he went to find Saul to come and help.
Saul joined with Barnabas and they taught much of the people there. Some where in the ministry of these two men of God the name “Christian” came to be what they called a follower of Jesus Christ. Whether it was a derogatory term or just a name that seemed to fit is probably not even needed to know. The name “Christian” has stuck, and it is a good name. It simply means “Follower of Christ”.
Yes I am a follower of Christ. I want to pattern my life, my actions, my words, my heart, and my soul to His way. I am one of those Christians who believes that when you meet Jesus your life is changed. I am one of those Christians whose whole life is affected by the Spirit of Christ in me. I still commit sin, but I am ashamed of my sin, repent and He forgives me.
The Christian life is one to live inside the church house, the family house, on the city square, the traffic jammed highways and freeways, grocery check out lines, theme park lines, the voting booth, and as a politician too.
May God give me; may God give us all the strength and boldness to be like Jesus Christ. Yes, I am one of Those Christians.