Christ Is Our Example

Christ Is Our Example

When Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be born as a human being, to grow up as a human child, and to mature into adulthood, He became our example for righteous and holy living.  He is our pattern for living.  So, let us obey Him and follow Him.

Let us look at the Scriptures:

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (Joh 13:14-15 NIV, emphasis added)

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.  (1 Pet 2:21 NIV)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continuously.”  (Mt 16:24 ISV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  (Eph 5:1 ESV)

The one who claims to remain in him ought to live in the same way as he lived.  (1 Joh 2:6 CEB)

This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.  (1 Joh 3:16 NCV)

The Bible is clear in urging us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  It may say it in different ways, but they all teach us that Jesus is our example.  In the Bible, we are told to:

  • Do as Jesus has done;
  • Follow Jesus’ footsteps;
  • Deny ourselves and follow Jesus;
  • Imitate the Lord;
  • Live in the same way that He lived; and
  • Give our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Jesus is our pattern for living because He was without sin.  He taught eternal truths that will always be up to date.  The principles that Jesus gave us for living will give us mastery and victory over every area of our lives.  Praise God!

The Seed of Abraham

The Seed of Abraham

 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.   (Heb 2:14-18, emphasis added) 

Jesus is referred to as the singular “seed of Abraham” in the passage below; and it was to Him (Jesus) that the inheritance of Abraham was promised.

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.  (Gal 3:16)

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.  (Gal 3:29)

Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6), even so all of us today who believe in Jesus as our Savior—apart from the Law—are justified.  Therefore, Abraham is the “father” of all who believe.  (Rom 4:11-17)  See Galatians 3:29 above once more.

Naturally, the “seed of Abraham” also refers to the Hebrew people who descended from Abraham through Isaac. Even more generally, the seed of Abraham could include Arabs, who trace their lineage through Ishmael. This is the physical seed of Abraham. The spiritual seed of Abraham (believers in Jesus Christ) is comprised of people of all nationalities and ethnicities but who have the same Redeemer & Lord. 

Being the spiritual seed of Abraham is much more important than being a physical descendant of Abraham when one is considering eternal truths.  Jesus reminds us that we must be born again.  (Joh 3:3)  Those of us who are born again, are Abraham’s seed, and we are guaranteed a lavish inheritance in Him! 

. . . giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  (Col 1:12 – see also Col 3:24, Heb 9:15, 1 Pet 1:3-4)