On “Being Like CHRIST”
So many bible passages extol us to “BE LIKE CHRIST”. So many churches and pastors and do gooders want us to BE LIKE CHRIST. But what does this mean?
The Old Testament was the Word of GOD, given to Moses, who was charged with LIVING OUT THE WORD of GOD, advancing it, making it ALIVE in the world he lived in by being a leader and teacher. But over time, it became institutionalized, interpreted, and fossilized - until Priests told the common man what it meant. They all paid tithes to feel good.
They created synagogues and other earthly political institutions to govern and otherwise control the affairs of man until there was no more spirit in it.
God our Father chose to heal this DEAD WORLD and DEAD SPIRIT and DEAD PEOPLE condition by becoming/sending CHRIST.
AS Savior, CHRIST had to live a perfect life and then pay the price of sin for all who did not. This is a great gift but it is not the end of the work of His life on earth. There is MORE than salvation to learn and MORE than salvation to consider when it comes to BEING LIKE CHRIST.
This teaching is not milk and is not for babes. I am not here repeating the teaching that causes religion to get stuck in endless repetitions. Save them, save them save them. OK… but let’s move on. As we mature in the faith, we are to put away the things of a child and press onward toward the prize of our holy calling!
So, if providing salvation we only one of CHRIST’s jobs or purposes on earth (certainly foundational but not the whole story), then what was the other? He was a model, a teacher (Rabbi).
CHRIST was charged with LIVING OUT the WORD of GOD, advancing it, making it ALIVE in the world he lived in. But over time, it became institutionalized, interpreted, and fossilized - until Priests and Pastors and Radio Talk Show Hosts told the common man what it meant. They all paid tithes and supported good causes to feel good. They created Churches and Charities, and movements, and stadium events and other earthly political institutions to govern and otherwise control the affairs of man until there was no more spirit in it.
THIS IS THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY
Stop and realize: if CHRIST was also named Emmanual - meaning “GOD WITH US” in Hebrew - and if we are to be LIKE Him then isn’t that the promise of the resurrection and the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT?
We are to become GOD WITH US.
It is now up to US (YOU AND ME AND EVERY BELIEVER) to be LIVING OUT the WORD of GOD, advancing it, making it ALIVE in the world WE live in.
And so, shall we reject the old and profess something entirely new? Well, when new agers talk like this, the Traditional Christian Church starts forgetting about unconditional love and it’s charge to be Christlike.
Verily, verily I say unto you…. Behold all things are made new. You are a new creation. There will a new heaven and a new earth.
This teaching is not meant to deny the gospel but to advance beyond salvation and beyond rote reading of dead ink and beyond becoming slaves to priests and pastors and controlling spirits.
BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: I PRAY YOU EMBRACE YOUR FREEDOM - REFUSE THE CONTROL OF DEAD INSTITUTIONS - EMBRACE YOUR POWER - WALK WHERE OTHERS FEAR TO TREAD - RAISE THE DEAD - GIVE LIFE TO THOSE YOU LOVE - BRING PEACE AND LOVE AND HEALING TO THOSE IN NEED - LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.
BE THE WAY, TRUTH, and LIGHT through whom others come to know what it means to be saved from sin and guilt and empowered to live the life that God intended for them - according to their bent.