Being Perfectly Trained by Christ

As professing Christians we are to be His pupils, students, apprentices, or disciples. We have been given the Holy Spirit who will lead and guide us into all truth and teach us how to live and abide in Christ. Jesus said in Luke 6:40,

"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher."

Our aim, goal, and purpose in life should be to know Him and become like Him (Rom. 8:29; Phil. 3:8-10). Jesus walked in love toward both God and man; and as His disciples we are to do the same in our lives. This should be the primary focus of our lives, we should be seeking Him to purify our hearts and desires, to change, transform, and conform us into His image and likeness.

John said, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin…" The reason he wrote this is so that they (or we as believers) would not sin. John goes on to say in John 2:6, "He who says he abides in Him out himself also to walk just as He walked." And in John 3:3, "And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." This begs the questions…Are you walking just as He walked? If your hope is in Him, are you purifying yourself, just as He is pure?

Paul in the book of Romans chapter 6:1-23 summed it up the process of sanctification as being “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ” (Rom. 6:11). We as disciples have been crucified with Christ and are raised to new life in Christ. We are to walk in newness of life no longer to be slaves to sin, yielding ourselves to sin. We are to be slaves of righteousness and yield ourselves to obedience. We are to overcome sin and be transformed into His image and exact likeness by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2:12-13).

Becoming like Jesus and being conformed into His likeness and image is to be the focus of our prayers, as it was Paul’s prayers when he prayed for the believers in Galatia, "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you" (Gal. 4:19).

So let us give attention and allow ourselves to be “perfectly trained” by Him, so we may be like Him (Luke 6:40).

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