– Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Both verses 1 and 2 of Ephesians 5 begins with a directive and a conclusion that supports, or summarizes, why the directive should be adhered to and carried out. The Apostle Paul begins the 5th chapter of Ephesians by exhorting definitively the mandate God ordained in the beginning when He declared that Man would be made in His image and likeness. In the beginning, it was God’s desire that man become an image bearer of His person. In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son Jesus Christ that we may, through faith in Christ, fulfill what He intended from the beginning.

Paul begins Ephesians 5 by stating the directive to be an imitator of God. His reason. Because we are dearly loved by God. Meaning, because God loves us dearly, we should seek to imitate Him in how we live. How should we live. Live a life of love. Why? Because Christ loved us and gave His life for us, in order that we may fulfill God’s will in being an imitator, or image bearer of His likeness, through faith in Christ, as He ordained for us to be in the beginning.

How significant is this mandate? Consider the way the Apostle John writes it in his letter 1 John. “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” – 1 John 2:6 NIV “

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” – 1 John 4:9 NIV

My purpose in life is my purpose in Christ, to be an imitator of God. The blessed man in Psalm 1 delighted in God’s law meditating on it day and night, which Jesus explained as abiding in His word in the gospel of John 15. Abiding in Christ is the proactive initiative of sincerely seeking to be an imitator of God by applying God’s word (living through Christ or walking as Jesus did). No amount of money can help me walk as Jesus did, live through Him, or validate me as one who does.

May God bless you and help you to live through Christ and walk as Jesus did, being an imitator of God, so you can experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

 

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