Let Us Be Imitators

1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Paul (who was known as Saul) was not always a Christ follower.  He led a life that was very contrary to God.  His life was so bad that he was stopped in his tracks and led to a home and was converted.  He was to be used by God to spread the Word.  He was to be an imitator of Christ.

Paul states very succinctly to the people of Corinth to imitate him and he will imitate Christ.  Now could Paul imitate Christ exactly?  No.  In fact, no one can.  Jesus is perfect.  Without sin.  Paul, as all humans, sins.  To imitate is to copy.  In life, Paul did his best to copy what Christ did by preaching and teaching to the world the message of God.  He had the Holy Spirit in him to give him the words to speak.

Paul had lots of followers that thought that because he could perform miracles, he was a god.  He was always quick to say that he is not a god, but he would tell them about the True God in Heaven.  Paul never claimed to be God or Jesus.  He often called himself “a bondservant.”  This would suggest that he was in debt to Christ, as are all those who accept the gift that Jesus offers.

As we live our lives, we must imitate Christ as Paul and so many others before and after Paul have done.  Christ is the example for all to follow.  He was perfect from start to finish.  He showed us examples of being tempted, sad, angry, happy, and challenged.  In those things, he was still perfect.  No sin.  In what we do, we are to avoid sin.  This is not possible all the time but we must put forth effort to avoid sin at all costs.

Imitation is key and imitation is made possible through reading the Word of God.  It is the navigation system for our minds, hearts and souls.  Without it, we would be lost.  Without Jesus, we would not be saved.  Without God, we would not exist.  Let us imitate God today!

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for all that You do for us.  You are our perfect example.  I pray that we all can learn to imitate You more.  You have provided us with so many ways to live and how to handle situations in our lives.  At the heart of our lives should be Your love.  Love covers all and handles so much when dealing with others.  I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ that they may be more Christ-like every day.  We are so excited that one day we get to see You in all Your glory.  We are ready.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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  1. ACTS 2:38 FICTIONALIZED BY STEVE FINNELL
    Why do men fictionalize Scriptures rather than reading them and believing them? I will let you reach your own conclusion as to the answer. What is is purpose of water baptism according to Acts 2:38?

    FOUR TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE ACTS 2:38
    1. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you bebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (New American Standard Bible)

    2. Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible New International Version 1983)

    3. Acts 2:38 The Peter said unto them,Let each of of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ) The Better Version of the New Testament by Chester Estes)

    4. Acts 2:38 Peter told them, “You must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you may have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips)

    THE FOLLOWING ARE FICTIONALIZED VERSIONS OF ACTS 2:38

    1. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven. (Fictional Account)

    2. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized as a testimony of your faith. (Invented Version)

    3. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized as an act of obedience. (Fantasy Translation)

    4. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized because you were forgiven the minute you believed. (The Version of Unfounded Truth)

    5. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized with Holy Spirit baptism; because water baptism is not a New Covenant requirement. (The Version of Spurious and Erroneous Quotes)

    6. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, for the forgiveness of sins; but water baptism is optional, because the thief on the cross was not baptized in water. (The Counterfeit Version of Truth)

    7. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Rent and be baptized in order to join denomination of your choice. (The Creed Bible By Men)

    8. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized as a symbolic jester, pointing to the fact that your sins were forgiven when you said “The Sinner’s Prayer.” ( The Book of Stuff Men made-up)

    9. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized to indicate the outward sign of the forgiveness you received the very minute you believed. ( The Fabricated Book of Fantasy Verses)

    10. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and have your committed sins forgiven by faith only. And then be baptized to be forgiven of the sin Adam committed. (The Denominational Revision of Fictional Truth)

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    THE QUESTION IS WHY DO CERTAIN DENOMINATIONAL CHURCHES FICTIONALIZE BIBLICAL TRUTH? THE BIGGER QUESTION IS WHY DO PEOPLE BELIEVE FICTIONALIZED DOCTRINE RATHER THAN BIBLICAL TRUTH?

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