As I sit down to write this I wonder what you are thinking, your ideas and opinions. Once upon a time…In the beginning… In everything that is here in this world there is always a beginning to it. So, as we explore more on this topic in “Who is a Real Christian?”… Why don’t we check out the history of Christianity since this will help us have a clear picture on what it is all about.
From the Holy Text, i.e. the Bible, we find that in…
 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.
In the history of mankind, the word Christian is first mentioned in the Bible referring to the disciples and this was because when people looked at them, they saw them doing everything just exactly the way Jesus Christ did.
They preached like Christ,
They lived like Christ,
They taught like Christ,
They did miracles like Christ,
They took people to supernatural places like Jesus Christ
Their conduct and way of life was outstandingly parallel to Christ
Thus, they were named after Him, Christians.
Now, the only way that anyone can be called a Christian is on that same merit, their lives have to align with that of Jesus Christ. No matter how learned, educated, wealthy or whatever achievement you might have, the standard still remains that for you to be a Christian, the life of Christ must be in you.
Now these disciples didn’t impose that they were like Christ, the un-believers are the ones who said so. The unbelievers confessed it from their tongues that the disciples were like Christ. Being called a Christian isn’t something you implant on yourself and if you do then it’s just a word that you use to justify yourself and deal with your own guilt. 2 Corinthians 13: 1 Paul tells us that “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” Christian is a word and not just a word. This word that keeps spilling from our mouths in self-identification has it been established as true in the presence of witnesses? Unbelievers have to bear record that you do live like Christ. These disciples didn’t implant that name on themselves but it was the un-believers who bore record and confessed it.
The best people who can bear witness that truly you are a Christian, it’s the people around you who don’t go to the same church with you, they have never known you before but when they meet you for the first time, they can be able to bear record that there’s something special about you, you are a peculiar person since that is what God has called us to be…
1 Peter 2:9
 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
Will leave you with this…
 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
A true Christian is the one who is completely dead to his own will, personal issues, surrendering all and totally yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. And that’s the only time that Christ lives in him/her.