07/25/15 – 212
Today we’re going to try to sum up everything we’ve been working on for the last month or so. We began with the premise that we have been made in the image of God, and this image encompasses much more than the physical, but the spiritual, emotional and intellectual images as well. We compared our own emotions with those of God spoken about in the Old Testament, and with those we saw in Jesus in the New. Why was this so important? Simply because Jesus was the walking example of God’s emotions – God in the flesh. We are called to be like Him, which we cannot do if we don’t know Him.
1 John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
We talked about the intellectual aspects – broken down into the intellect itself, knowledge, and finally wisdom. Why? Because we are responsible for learning to be like Christ, and for teaching others to do the same. For those who say we can’t know how God thinks:
1 Corinthians 2:15-16 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Not only is it possible, but it sounds to me like we’re supposed to! Now, does this mean we’ll always understand why God does what He does? No, He has a LOT more information than we do. But when it comes to knowing how to lead our lives or make decisions, we can know what is in His will, if we know Him well enough to know what kind of person He is.
Would He want me to move in with my girlfriend/boyfriend or get married? Would He want me to ‘enhance’ my resume to get that job? Things like that.
The bottom line is, God has given us some pretty great ways to get to know Him. The Bible, Jesus, and ourselves (being made in His image). Put them together and you have a pretty good picture. But, knowing all 3 parts is essential to having the complete picture. Assuming you know God by knowing only yourself makes you a god. Only taking the parts you like (usually the gentle, loving Jesus in the pictures surrounded by lambs and children) leaves out some pretty important information about who God is and what He wants of us. Knowing the Bible without applying it through Christ into your life usually comes through as inflexible, radical or even dangerous fundamentalism.
My prayer for you today, and I hope yours for yourself, is that Jesus would continue to work in you through God’s Word, and through practical application in your own life to refine and make you more like Him – every day.