Emanna for 05/02/2019

Imitating Christ, but not by Our Natural Life

Bible Verses

Rom 8:29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me

Words of Ministry

After a person is saved, deep within him he desires to live a life in the pattern established by the Lord Jesus. However, many either ignore this desire or cultivate it in a mistaken way, thinking that by self-effort they can succeed in imitating Him. It is a mistake to think that we can imitate Christ by the exercise of our natural life. Not many of us may realize the influence the four Gospels have on us. When we read in the Gospels of the mold
formed by the Lord Jesus, that mold spontaneously influences our living. As we love the Lord, contact Him, and pray to Him, we automatically live Him according to the mold described in the Gospels. In this way we are shaped, conformed, to the image of this mold. This is what it means to learn Christ. Learning Christ in this way is altogether different from taking Him as an objective example and endeavoring in our natural life to imitate Him. God has put us into the mold formed by the life of Jesus on earth. Simultaneously, Christ as the life-giving Spirit has come into our being as life. The more we love Him and contact Him, the more we live Him according to this mold. As a result, we are spontaneously conformed to the image of that mold. Therefore, with Paul we can say, "For to me to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). We live Christ in the form of His own life, in the form recorded in the Gospels.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 395-398. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/17/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.