October 8, 2017

Compare Ourselves To Christ

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

Compare Ourselves To Christ by Don R. Patton

“The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.” (I John 2:6)

Several years ago I was engaged in a somewhat heated conversation with one I considered Godly, but in need of redirection on a particular point. I referred to an example from the conduct of Jesus, which triggered the indignant response, “Who do you think you are, comparing yourself to Christ?” I was a bit taken aback. Could a devout Christian not know that we should look to Christ as our example?

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (I Peter 2:21 ).

I referred my assailant to I John 2:6, quoted above, and they walked away, hopefully to reevaluate the conversation.

I understand that the idea of walking as Christ walked can be intimidating. After all, the sinless Son of God, Himself fully God, gave up everything to serve and save rebellious mankind. He set an exceedingly high standard. Nothing short of perfection would suffice to be our perfect sacrificial lamb (without defect).

Nevertheless, recognizing that Christians sin and will never fully achieve Christlikeness this side of glory, that perfect life is to be our goal. As Paul put it, “…as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” (Colossians 2:6). Some may be surprised to learn, the New Testament has quite a bit more to say on this subject.

Fundamentally, comprehensively, we are told Christians must…“…walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us,…” (Ephesians 5:2).

Following perfect direction of the Holy Spirit from His complete revelation makes it possible for us to walk in this manner, worthy of, or suitable for God.

“…walk by the Spirit, …If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

“… do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:4).

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth,” (II John 4).

“…you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light,” (Ephesians 5:8)

“… walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light….” (I John 1:7)

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:1-2)

Accomplishing this requires that we exercise diligent concern. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15)

One of the reasons Christians can accomplish these lofty goals is that we do not walk as the world, with eyes on the mundane affairs of this life, rather we walk with our eyes on the goal.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7).

Jesus promised that those who walk as He walked here, overcoming as He overcame, “will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy.” (Revelation 3:4)

Adapted from an article by John Morris

 

 

 

 

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