To Be Like Christ
The word Christian mean to be like Christ however, we see many Christians around the world that say they are Christians that are not like Christ. Is this their problem? I personal think that it is half their problem and it is the whole problem of those who teach them.
To be like Christ is to live a Holy Life. It is the truth that a Christian can live a holy life in this sinful world. In the four gospels we see the life and ministry of Christ. We are to be like Christ and follow Christ and this is what it means to be a Christian.
The true standard of a Christian is the standard of holiness. However, when hear the word holiness it sound like a term above you're understanding and is not down to earth. In other words we need a down to earth message that any Christian or person can apply. The message of holiness is to live the life of Christ.
We are to teach others to observe all things that Christ teaches us and commands us. In addition, we need to see the life of Christ for Christ not only teaches, instead He teaches us by example too.
How can you say that I am to be like Christ? If you are a born again Christian you are born of the Spirit. You are a new creation, you are the righteousness of God in Christ, and you have the Holy Spirit in inside of you. The Holy Spirit is doing a great work in you. The Holy Spirit will help you to be like Christ; through faith, grace, the Word of God, the Blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit you can be like Christ, just begin to renew your mind and change your lifestyles.
Apart from that, we are to be like Christ in power and demonstration too. Jesus Christ walked in the power of God you are to do the same. Jesus healed the sick, we are to heal the sick in Jesus name, Jesus cast out demons, and we are to cast out demons in Jesus name too.
There are conditional promises and then there are unconditional promises and likewise there is conditional love and then there is unconditional love in Christ and the Father. Is this biblical? Yes this is Biblical! You must first understand that the Lord loves you no matter what.
In John 14:21, 23 there are a love that is based on conditions this is for the purpose of growing relationship in Christ. Yes in unconditional love are also purposes for beginning relationship. If you want the manifestation of Holy Spirit, Christ and the Father you must obey these conditions. Yes there is the redeeming presence that is unconditional and then there is the manifest presence of God that is conditional. IT is he who has His commandments and keeps them, and if any one loves Him he will keep his word. In the first verse Jesus says He will love you, in the second verse Jesus says His Father will love you. Now in the first verse Jesus says He will manifest Himself to you, in the second verse He says we meaning the Father and Himself will come to you and make their home with you. These are only if you apply the conditions.
In addition, to manifest He mean also to visit you in person through visions, such as open vision, spiritual vision, etc. Their is will be an outpouring of visions and dreams on your life; you will not only see the angels you will see Jesus in person. I personal believe as we come to the end of this time there will be increased experiences like these and more. You don't need to be an apostle to see Jesus. Paul saw Jesus as his own qualification to his apostleship in Christ Jesus. So an apostle does not need to see Jesus to be an apostle. Therefore any believer in Christ can see Jesus if they only love Him with passion and zeal. There are already reports throughout the world of persons coming to know the Lord by Jesus visiting them just once and believers who see Jesus many times.
Furthermore, Every Christian around the world is being called to be like Christ to this world and every Christian is being called to the life of Christ.