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9/16/15 – Part 4 of 6: Your soul is intended to become like Christ

Published: Wednesday, 16 September 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18

Knowing that you are a sinner and that Christ died for the forgiveness of your sins is the major theme of the Bible.  The verse above is clear that God is working on your soul to make it more like Christ.  This is a major theme of the New Testament.  As a Believer matures, he or she should be reflecting similar traits as the soul of Jesus Christ.  The verse above also makes the ABSOLUTE TRUTH that these changes in your soul are accomplished only through the Holy Spirit. 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  Galatians 2:20-21

 

Too many Christians try to live like a Christian only to become very frustrated and, eventually, defeated over their repetitive attempts at changing themselves.  So many Christians see the need to be more Christ-like, and they understand where they are weak in making those changes.  This is not what God intended.  He will make the changes in you.  All you have to do is to decide to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  This begins with the verse above where we are asked to consider ourselves crucified and dead.  

What do we need to consider about ourselves as crucified and dead?  Our souls (personalities) contain all of the elements to help us follow the law.  The “law” consists of all of the rules that you have created in your soul to make you feel righteous.  None of these rules are part of God’s plan for you to live a life of freedom.  The verses above are clear that it is not through the law that we obtain righteousness.  It is only through the realization that you are dead and Christ is alive in you.  When you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit filled the spiritual part of your life.  You can make decisions (showing your personality) based on input from your mind and emotions or from the Holy Spirit who now dwells within you.  When you choose to obey the Holy Spirit, your actions will be Christ-like.  Others will see Christ in you!  Your life will be producing the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5:1-2)  This summarizes what it means to have your personality in the same image as Jesus Christ – “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved” you.  This word love is the Greek word “agape” that means to serve others first especially when it requires a sacrifice on your part.  Jesus sacrificed Himself for you, and God is now asking for you to sacrifice yourself for others.  You will become a fragrant offering to God and to others.  God will be pleased with your sacrifice.

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