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| By Leroy Ramaphoko

The life of Jesus is the model of and the standard


for the life of a Christian. Jehovah is our Father;
[and] we are the clay, and He is our potter; and
we all are the work of His hand. Isaiah 64:8.
As He frames and shapes our characters, Jesus is
the pattern. In essence, the goal of a Christian is
to ultimately portray the life and character of
Jesus. When the life of Christ is seen through a
Christian, people would see the gracious and
good works of that person, and they will glorify
God. Matthew 5:16. Keep in mind that it is
God which worketh in you both to will and to do
of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13. Which
means, the good works that Jesus is speaking of
in Matthew 5:16 are a result of grace operating in
the life of a believer, teaching him that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, he should thus
live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this
present world. Titus 2:12. The fact that the
standard of God is high is to never be a threat to a
believer since grace that is sufficient to elevate
him to that level would be provided to him as
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long as he remains humble and obedient to his


God.
John writes, He that saith he abideth in Him
[Jesus] ought himself also so to WALK, EVEN AS
HE WALKED. 1 John 2:6. Paul says, As ye have
therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so WALK
YE IN HIM. Colossians 2:6. Read 1 Peter 2:21.
Notice that Christians are expected to live a
different kind of life. They are to be obedient
children of the Most High God, not fashioning
themselves according to the former lusts in
their ignorance. 1 Peter 1:14. Read Ephesians
5:8.
Jesus had gone through sufferings for our
transgressions. Surely He hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows...He was wounded for
our transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon Him... Isaiah 53:4,5. Jesus sufferings and
death is the payment for our sins. When we
accept His sacrifice, we wont go through the
SAME, for He paid it all. This is not to say we
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wont experience any sufferings or difficulties


here on earth, for we are told that we must
through much tribulation enter into the kingdom
of God. Acts 14:22. Read 2 Timothy 3:12;
Revelation 12:17. The literal cross, He has carried
for us; but the spiritual one is ours to bear. And
He [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23. We are
to follow Jesus...the Lamb of God withersoever
He goeth. John 1:29; Revelation 14:4. The
Lamb is obviously headed towards the slaughter;
and if we are following the Lamb withersoever
He goeth, well also go towards the slaughter,
and be crucified with Him. Thus well be able to
say, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for
me. Galatians 2:20. This is what it means to
LIVE HIS LIFE; to die to self, and let Jesus have
control over your life. Read 1 Corinthians 6:20.
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This is the battle against self, and it is the


greatest battle that was ever fought. But when
we look at the life of Jesus, we see METHOD OF
GAINING VICTORY OVER SELF. Yes, self has to be
laid upon the altar, for Christ cannot reign when
and where self reigns. The life of Jesus was a life
of self denial; service to others; faithfulness;
caring for others; a prayerful, obedient and
humble life; and this ought to be our experience
as well.

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