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Growing Into Christ

21 Nov

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)

“we grow up in every way into him who the head, into Christ” — We grow into Christ in every way. Now there’s an interesting statement for you. My question though is, “what the dickens does it mean?”

It means we love others more and we learn to speak the truth in love, among other things. It also means exactly what it says, that we grow into Christ in every way. Not of course physically, but Spiritually; It means that we should grow up from being Spiritual children who are easily tossed around by every wave of doctrine, and grow into the form of Christ. Able to stand firm. But now, if it’s true that we should grow in every way into Christ; which it does, then shouldn’t we realize what that actually means? More importantly, isn’t it impossible for us to become like Christ? Well let’s look quickly at three of Christ’s attributes:

1. Christ has incredible love. As we can see clearly in Ephesians 1:5 (the only way for us to become sons of God, in accordance to Ephesians 1:5, was by His death) and John 3:16. — His love is not only incredible, it’s unmatchable. No one on Earth can every have the love Jesus holds for us. Thus, in this area, is it impossible for us to grow into Christ? No, we can grow into Christ in this area as well:

Jesus’ death for us, was an example of His love for us. That kind of love isn’t required of us to Him. In fact it’s impossible for us to have such love, because we’re not perfect and we do still have our flesh. As the song goes:

There’s no way to repay
All the pain He went through for you 
His reason: simply His love 
It’s time to see the truth
And understand there’s nothing you can do
His reason was simply you

All For You
Jonah33

We have to realize there’s nothing we can do to repay or someone copy/match that love; what we must do is accept it and let it change us. That’s when we grow; when through Christ’s giving us His love, we overflow and the love spills over to others.

2. Jesus has unending patience; we have the next best thing. i.e. Ending patience.

One may ask though, “Don’t we grow into Christ in every way though? How then can our patience be ending, as compared to Christ’s, whose patience never ends?”

Because, though we do grow into Christ in every way, we still, as of now, have the flesh as prior mentioned. Thus our patience must have an end point. At least, up and until the point where we physically die and go to be with Jesus. i.e. Our flesh prevents us from having perfect love, patience, or in any way perfectly doing anything.

3. Jesus had obedience to his Father to the point of dying for Him; that type of obedience only Jesus working through us can produce.

The point being this: we can grow into Christ; it is possible. It’s just we need Jesus to do it. I know that sounds a little funny, we need Jesus to grow into Jesus, but it’s true. The only way we can love like Christ is to actually have His love. It’s impossible to have patience like Him in this world (as compared to Heaven), that’s why we need Him to give us His patience. It’s not possible to have obedience like his, or as some sort of copy, we actually need to have Him give us some of His own obedience.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Delivered Through Love

 

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