Jesus Is Our Pattern
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, but He is also our pattern. The Bible teaches that we are to imitate Him.
PHILIPPIANS 2:5 New Life
5 Think as Christ Jesus thought.
PHILIPPIANS 2:5 NKJ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 NKJ
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 PETER 2:21 NKJ
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
EPHESIANS 5:1 NIV
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
JOHN 13:15 NKJ
15 "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
1 JOHN 2:6 NKJ
6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1 JOHN 2:6 New Life
6 The one who says he belongs to Christ should live the same kind of life Christ lived.
Love As Jesus Loved
JOHN 13:34 NKJ
34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
JOHN 15:12 NKJ
12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
EPHESIANS 5:2 NKJ
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling aroma.
Becoming Like Him
God's plan is to make you like Jesus.
2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 NKJ
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 JOHN 3:2 NKJ
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Firstborn Among Many
Jesus is the first born -- not the only born.
ROMANS 8:29 NKJ
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Your destiny is to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ.
COLOSSIANS 1:15,18 NKJ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
HEBREWS 1:6 NKJ
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."
REVELATION 1:5 NKJ
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
Do The Same Works
JOHN 14:12 NKJ
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
JOHN 20:21 NKJ
21 Then Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
LUKE 6:40 NKJ
40 "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
MATTHEW 28:18-20 NKJ
18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
You may think Jesus is an impossible pattern for humans to follow -- and you are right. We can never measure up to Jesus by ourselves.
The only way is for us to yield to Jesus -- to trust Him completely and obey Him explicitly. That way -- and only that way -- can we be like Him.
In a sense, Jesus is living His life through us. We cannot do it by our own effort -- but only by yielding completely to Him.
GALATIANS 2:20 NKJ
20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Let Jesus live His life through you. Seek His guidance in everything. Then obey Him.
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