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Imitate the teacher

In Matthew 10:25 (KJV), Jesus told his disciples that: "it is enough for the disciple to be as his master". And who is the master? Jesus, of course, so that is our aim, to be like him.

The apostle Paul said in Gal 4:19 (KJV): "I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you". The Greek word for "formed" means an inward change or transformation to take on the nature and character of Christ. Paul also admonished the Corinthian Christians (1 Cor 11:1; KJV), to: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ". In 1 John 4:17 we are told that we are to walk in the world around us just as Jesus would have done. In addition, in Ephesians 5:1, we are simply taught to follow and imitate God.

The question is how do we do this? We get a clue in 2 Cor 3:18 (KJV). “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”. The glass or mirror is the word of God. The Holy Spirit uncovers the word to us (John 16:13) bringing revelation or understanding. As we see and understand the character and nature of Jesus, the Holy Spirit can work in us to change us to be more like (him) Jesus. As we see by faith how God wants to change us and all he wants us to be and do, then that allows the Holy Spirit to bring these things to pass in our lives.  We may not be aware of it but our light will shine more brightly (Prov 4:18) the more time we spend in God’s presence. We grow to imitate the teacher.

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