1. “...And the disciples were first called ________ in _______." (Acts 11:26).*
2. “Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You almost ______ me to become a _______.'" (Acts 26:28)*
3. True or False: Paul persuaded his hearers to wear the names of men.
4. “Yet, if anyone suffers as a __________, let him not be ashamed, but let him
______ God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16).
The American Standard Version of the Bible says, “let him glorify God in this name.” God is glorified when we suffer as a Christian, and the name Christian is the only name that glorifies God through Christ.
5. “Do they not blaspheme that noble _______ by which you are called?” (James 2:7)
6. “If you are reproached for the name of _______, blessed are you...” (1 Peter 4:14)
7. “from whom the whole _______ in heaven and earth is named.” (Ephesians 3:15)*
Isaiah the prophet said the new name would be one that the mouth of the Lord would name. In addition to the emphatic statement of the prophet that God would, Himself, give the new name, the Holy Spirit used a word in Acts 11:26 which further proved the Divine Origin of the name “Christian.” The word “called” in Acts 11:26 comes from the Greek word, “chrematidzo” which Thayer’s Greek-English Dictionary defines, “To give Divine command or admonition, to teach from heaven.” Every time this word is used in the Bible it means, without exception, a call from heaven. Had the name “Christian” been given by men, then the Holy Spirit would have used the word “kaleo,” which means “to call” but does not imply a Divine calling. For example, in Matthew 2:23, “He shall be called (kaleo) a Nazarene,” or Matthew 23:9, “Call (kaleo) no man your father upon the earth.” But, Acts 11:26 says, “The disciples were called (chrematidzo) Christians first at Antioch”
As further evidence that God originated the name “Christian” for the followers of His Son, to the exclusion of all human names, Paul rejected the name “sect of the Nazarenes” as used by Tertullus (Acts 24:2, 5, 14), but endorsed the name “Christian” as used by Agrippa (Acts 26:28-29); and the name “Christian” was sanctioned by Peter in 1 Peter 4:16.
Not only are we to wear the name Christian today, but the Scriptures are clear in pointing out to us that we are to wear only the name Christian. All other names, which give glory to men and not to God through Christ, are to be rejected. The following exercise should impress this so emphatically upon our minds that we should reject all human creeds and all human names.*