Why is our website named “Made like Christ”?
Because, God’s fundamental purpose in redeeming our lives from sin and destruction is to re-create us, to re-make us, spiritually, that is in our hearts or spirits, into the exact likeness of Jesus Christ. He accomplishes this progressive work in each of us by individual scriptures that are made alive to us, and are made known to us, and are engrafted into our spirits by the Holy Spirit. This only happens when we truly believe a specific scripture with all of our hearts, which words then alive in us progressively conform us, or make us, into the exact likeness of those words, that is, into the likeness of Christ.
As we are transformed into the likeness of Christ our lives become just like His was in the days of His flesh. That is, we have unbroken fellowship with our Father, spirit to Spirit, therefore by faith we always know His will and by the power of His Spirit we do it. By our trust in and obedience to God, He keeps us righteous and enables us to overcome all sin, all unbelief and disobedience, as we live joyfully, and fruitfully as overcomers in His presence, continuing to grow in the revealed knowledge of Him.
This is so that increasingly, in the likeness of Christ, we then may bear the fruit of God’s words from our lips, Christ, by the anointing of God’s Spirit, in our prayers and in our preaching. In order to first convert others to Christ, and then to conform them into His likeness, as their hearts believe those living words and so therefore increasingly receive Him, and then begin to bear the fruit of Him, through their words, to others.
Here, three times God says His will is to make us into the likeness of Christ:
Rom 8:29 For whom He (God) foreknew (knew in advance the choices that we would make whether to trust and obey Him), He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. NKJV
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face (a heart no longer veiled from God by our human nature or flesh, primarily our intellects), beholding as in a mirror (the Bible which reflects Him) the glory of the Lord (the knowledge of Christ, God’s Word, as revealed by the Holy Spirit), are being transformed into the same likeness (of Christ) from glory to glory (one revealed Word or portion of Christ, to the next revealed Word or portion of Christ), just as by the Spirit of the Lord. NKJV
Col 3:10 And have clothed yourselves with the new spiritual self, which is ever in the process of being renewed and remoldedinto fuller and more perfect knowledge upon knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. AMP
Here Jesus describes how He lived in dependence on the Father, as we are also to do:
John 5:30 (Jesus) I am able to do nothing from Myself, independently, of My own accord — but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. Even as I hear, I judge, I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision, and My judgment is right, righteous, because I do not seek or consult My own will, I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose, but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me. AMP
1 John 2:6 Whoever says that he remains in union with God should live just as Jesus Christ did (in dependence on the Father, as revealed in John 5:30 above). TEV
As our Father makes us like Christ, here is His will for us, that our lips bear the fruit of Him:
Luke 6:44-45 For every tree (person) is known by its own fruit…A good man (a disciple) out of the good treasure (God’s living word) of his heart brings forth good (God’s living words); and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. NKJV
2 Cor 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. ESV
2 Cor 5:21 Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with Him we might share the righteousness of God. TEV
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What makes us think we are already saved, made safe from sin and self, just because we’ve been born again, in light of these scriptures ?
1 Cor 1:18 The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. NKJV
2 Cor 2:15 We are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. NKJV
Heb 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV
James 1:21 (To Christians) Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (Our spirits were initially saved when we were born again, but our souls or wills were not, that’s why we keep on sinning until our souls, our willingness to sin, have been saved. This process after conversion is called sanctification, or being made holy, only this results in eternal life). NKJV
Rom 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness (it means, sanctified, that is, freed from sin, consecrated to God and conformed to Christ), and its end, everlasting life.
2 Thes 2:13 …God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, NKJV
Studies have revealed that only one out of every two hundred Christians is still walking with God, living in their spirit and not in their flesh, two years after their conversion. The principle cause? They are not willing to be fully sanctified, set apart from sin and made holy, with their will or souls in permanent submission to God, or saved. Because salvation is through sanctification, not conversion alone, they are not yet sufficiently saved from sin, which is Christ’s primary mission toward us all, to inherit eternity.
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