Monday, 5 December 2016

BE A PATTERN OF CHRIST'

"However for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting (1 Timothy 1:16).
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Can people see Christ in you? Can Jesus see Himself in you? Every legitimate child ought to resemble his father but an illegitimate child won't resemble his father. When you look like Jesus, it will be easy for people to believe in Him through you.
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Jesus Christ shew Himself first in Paul in all patience as a pattern to them which should believe. He was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and an injurious fellow (vs. 13). He was living in sin after conversion before he was finally delivered (Rom. 7:19-24; Gal.2:20).
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How can my life be a pattern of Christ? You must believe in Him (be like Him, live like Him). You must also follow Him (Luke 9:23). You must learn about Him through the scripture (John 5:39) and ask for His mercy (Rom. 9:16).
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Without obtaining divine mercy, all theories about becoming like Christ will become a thorn in the flesh.
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Jesus is ready to pour the grace on people to like Him if only they ask in prayer (Matt. 7:7; John 14:14). If your life will be a pattern of Christ, you must be like Him in word, conduct, charity (love), spirit, faith and in purity.
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Without the Holy Spirit, you can't be like Him. Am I a pattern of Christ? Do I speak like Him, act, love, believe, embrace purity and have His spirit?
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When Christ is fully formed in you, it'll be easy for you to lead men to Christ. This is why Paul can boldly say, "be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1).
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Does your life lead people to Christ or drive them away from Him?



By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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