Below are some Scriptures which show that the life of a Christian parallels the life of Christ: His life, His death, His resurrection are all examples of how the True Disciple will live!
CHRIST’S DAILY LIFE AS A SERVANT
If we really want to be like Jesus on this Earth, we should remember that He was humble, He was obedient to God’s will always, and He came to serve man-kind.
Philippians 2, ESV
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
In the same way that Christ served God and man, so Christians must desire to be humble, we must desire to do God’s will, and we must desire to serve others.
Matthew 23, ESV
Philippians 2, ESV
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…
CHRIST’S EXAMPLE OF FAITH
The Lord Jesus Christ did not just tell us what to “do” in order to be saved, but He showed us “how” to do it.
Hebrews 12, ESV
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
“Eyes on the prize, Eyes on the prize” is the pep-talk that I give to myself when things are difficult. By keeping my eyes on the prize … which is the salvation of my soul (1 Peter 1:9) … I can keep myself encouraged to not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9), even as Jesus did in order to get through the shame and agony of the Cross.
The Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament writers tell us of Christ’s death by crucifixion. How many Believers today know, or understand, that we too must die to our own wills and live only for God and for God’s purpose?
Galatians 2, ESV
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Luke 9:23, ESV
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Christ speaks of a DAILY dying to our own wants and desires in order to follow Christ and do God’s will, and if we will follow this pattern of putting our flesh and desires to death daily, we can then expect to be resurrected in the same way that Christ was.
Hosea 6, ESV
1 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
Even as the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, so the Body of Christ will be raised on the “third day”.
According to 2 Peter 3, 1 day is like 1,000 years and so it is thought that the resurrection of the Body of Christ (which is the resurrection of True Believers from the grave, along with the rapture of True Believers who are alive from the Earth … 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17) will occur during the “third day”, or the third millennium, after Christ’s death:
2 Peter 8, ESV
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
But can any of us expect to be resurrected like Christ was, if we will not follow the other patterns of Christ? The pattern of faith to over-come hard trials, the pattern of obedience to God and denying our own desires? Can any of us really believe that we will be resurrected like Jesus Christ without living like Jesus Christ?
We can live assured that if we LIVE like Jesus Christ, we will indeed be resurrected like Jesus Christ, because the life of every True Believe is to follow Christ’s pattern and be a living example to the world of Who Jesus Christ really is.
1 John 4, ESV
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
1 John 2, ESV
6whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
May God’s grace and peace be upon all who believe God at His Word and who desire to be just like Jesus!
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