Becoming Like Jesus Christ is Not Magic

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If we believe in Jesus Christ, the spiritually correct view of ourselves is, we are adopted by God as (younger) brothers to Jesus Christ, yet with the caveat that all younger brothers are created equal, are equal in standing before God.

Clearly, all who profess faith in Jesus Christ are equal in spiritual opportunity before Him and His Father.

The Scriptural Evidence?

Jesus wants you to become like Him in character, essence, and good works.

For achievement of this objective, The Father has prepared for you opportunities and challenges that, conditional on your godly responses, help you become like Jesus Christ.

Many people stumble with respect to arrival at faith in Jesus Christ because they do not realize that expression of faith (interest in Jesus Christ) does not imply arrival at faith (commitment to demonstration of godly responses to opportunities and challenges).

Expression of faith is statement of desire for arrival at faith. Only those who practice faith have faith, only those who demonstrate faith arrive at (have) faith.

Consider, however, the following words by Jesus Christ in John 8:31–32.

A person demonstrates faith in Jesus Christ via expending of effort towards arrival at knowledge of truth.

Knowledge of truth is arrived at in context of practicing of the words of Jesus, meaning only those who expend effort towards becoming like Jesus arrive at true spiritual freedom.

In the words of Jesus Christ Himself?

Religion complicates the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you truly seek to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, all He asks are two things: Belief that He is who He says He is (the only begotten Son of God), and love for others.

But what exactly does this buy-in cost you in real terms?

Well, for evidence that you believe He is who He says He is, Jesus demands that you love others, and not allow yourself to be induced into hatred for anyone.

But is there a better aspiration of life than this buy-in demanded by Jesus Christ?

In reality, there does not exist any intellectual or spiritual cost to believing that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

All of the buy-in costs are effort costs that relate to one of the most beautiful aspirations of life, which is to be known and fully loved, and to have opportunity to fully know and love others.

Efforts at loving, efforts at warding off of temptation to hate, and efforts at acquiring truth all are required in context of daily affairs of life.

If a person expresses faith in Jesus Christ, but does not exercise any efforts in that respect, there is nothing provided that the Holy Spirit can multiply or magnify.

In order for Jesus to feed 5,000 men, someone still had to have 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes.

Our Lord Jesus Christ declares that mastery of discipleship for arrival at true spiritual freedom requires effort, requires the same sort of dedication and perseverance that produces mastery of professional disciplines.

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Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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