TOPIC: AS HE IS, SO ARE YOU
Opening Text: Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
When you tell someone, "Oh, you’re just like Raymond," you’ve awakened a level of curiosity in that fellow, and he’ll want to know who Raymond is. Our opening verse, referring to Jesus, says, as He is, so are we in this world. It’s therefore worth finding out from the Word who Jesus is; how did He live when He walked the earth?
The Bible tells us that He walked on water, talked to deaf ears, and they were unstopped. He spoke to blind eyes and they opened. He talked to lame legs, and they were vitalized and restored. Even maimed limbs grew back at His word. He spoke to the dead, and they came back to life! When He hushed the raging tempest, the disciples exclaimed of Him, "... What manner of man is this! For he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him" (Luke 8:25).
He was so awe-inspiring! It’s even more breath-taking to realize that He did all these as a man, having laid His glory aside (Philippians 2:7). All these miracles and glorious manifestations of the supernatural in His life happened before He went to the cross. It was after His resurrection that He became the glorified Christ (1 Peter 1:21). This is marvellous! Now, notice that our opening verse didn’t say, "… as he was, so are we," rather, it says, "as he is so are we!" The image of the glorified Christ you see in the Word—the mirror of God—is actually your reflection as a new creation in Christ. When you look in a mirror, you’d see your reflection, because the mirror reflects whatever image is before it. The Word is that mirror that God gave you so you could look into it, and see your real self. So, when you read, "...as he is, so are we in this world," you ought to say, "Wow, as He is now, with all His glory and splendour, so am I today!" Blessed be God!
Meditate on this truth thoroughly, and consciously think, talk, walk, and act like Jesus. Then like Him, you can say to blind eyes, "open up," and they’ll open! You can say to the lame, "get up and walk," and it’ll happen. You can touch others, and they’ll be blessed; because as He is, so are you!
I thank you precious Father for making me the effulgence of your glory, beauty and grace. Greatness, excellence and success are in my spirit! I’m unveiling the glory, virtues and perfections of my recreated spirit to my world!
f u r t h e r s t u d y:Hebrew 1:3