"Xtian" is NOT a shorted version of a believer &/or follower of Jesus Christ. Unlike the term "Xmas" which is offensive to many Christians (taking Christ out of Christmas), "Xtian" has a totally different meaning.
WHAT A "XTIAN" IS...
"Xtian" is term to describe people who are radical followers of Jesus Christ in word, thought and deed (they actually obey the bible and are humble & repentant about their sin & failings before a perfect & holy God; their lives center around repentance & obedience to God). It describes those who have & are still being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
Here is how the word "Xtian" breaks down...
1). the "X" in Latin is defined as 'To delete, cancel, or obliterate' (i.e. kill, crush & crucify).
2). the "tian" in Latin means 'to hold, grasp, have'.
So an "Xtian" is a believer who dies to self (gives up everything they hold & have), thru the power of Jesus Christ and radically conforms to His image; a servant/bondservant of Christ. Not by their own power but by submitting everything in their lives to Christ (even if they have to die), for His glory.
For more explanation about dying to self & conforming tho His image, watch the youtube video entitled "Get Your Cup SO Full of JESUS that Nothing Else Can Fit!" by fotm1.
1. Luke 9:23
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
2. John 14:23
"Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
3. Peter 1:13-15
"Therefore,preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct..."
4. Romans 12:1-3
"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith."
5. Romans 6:16
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
6. Romans 8:13
for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
7. 1 Peter 2:24
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness
8. Matthew 10:38
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
9. Luke 14:26
If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
10. Luke 9:47-48
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."
Its all about His glory & being a servant (totally sold out & obedient) to the Living, Almighty God / Jehovah 24/7/365.