I was reminded today of the devilish obstinacy and utter lack of humility of an old man in his flesh whom I have known for decades when he accused me of claiming to be God after I told him he needs to be Christlike
because his anger and lack of discipline were showing up in his inordinate nose picking
in confined and non-public places which I privately witnessed many times. I told him he should repent, to stop taking pride in his nose picking and that he needs to be Christlike
. Is Jesus a nose picker? Christians don't believe we are God for we are not the uncreated Creator, obviously. Only God is uncreated. There are no gods beside Him, before Him, or after Him. He alone is God from everlasting. Let's take a look at some verses that support the need to be Christlike
"Christ Be Formed" and "Transformed" and "Like Him"
As the law of life operates freely in us life will increase to the degree of having Christ formed in us (Gal. 4.19). In the measure that Christ is gradually being formed in us, in that same measure are we increasingly transformed (2 Cor. 3.18); and the goal of transformation is to be like Him (1 John 3.2). Christ formed in us is inseparable from the operation of God’s life in us. To the degree that the life of God works in us to that degree is Christ being formed in us and to that degree is there the amount of our transformation. As our inside is filled with the life of Christ our outside is able to live out and manifest Christ. This is what is meant in Romans 8.29 by "to be conformed to the image of his Son." It is both Paul’s pursuit and experience (Phil. 3.10, 1.20). It should be the calling as well as the practical experience of all children of God today.
For us to be wholly like Him will of course have to wait until He shall manifest himself (1 John 3.2), that is to say, at the day of "the redemption of our body" (Eph. 1.14, 4.30, especially Rom. 8.23).
"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you
" (Gal. 4.19).
"Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance
rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing" (2 Cor. 2.15). Ryan gets his nose in the way of the beautiful fragrance, because his fingers are in his nose way more than they ought to be. That was funny!
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory
as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3.18).
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God
, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him
; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3.2).
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son
, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Rom. 8.29).
"And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ
, like putting on new clothes" (Gal. 3.27).
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death
" (Phil. 3.10).
"According to my earnest expectation and my
hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that
with all boldness, as always, so
now also Christ shall be magnified in my body
, whether it be
by life, or by death" (Phil. 1.20).
"Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession
, unto the praise of his glory" (Eph. 1.14).
"Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ
, who is the head of his body, the church" (Eph. 4.15).
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption"
"And not only they
, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit
, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit
, the redemption of our body
" (Rom. 8.23).
And perhaps my favorite verse of all,
"Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools
, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak
, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed
" (1 Cor. 4.10).