1 Corinthians 11 Lesson

Imitating Jesus

“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1.

Paul makes this statement to the Corinthians. In doing so, he displays confidence that his behaviors and values mirror those of Jesus.

Is that a statement that we are prepared to make? Most of us would admit that we are still a work in progress. However, if our behavior is not currently worthy of being imitated, it does give us something to strive for.

Think about the people that God has brought into your life, especially those Christians whose character and behavior were something that you hoped to someday achieve. What was it about these spiritual mentors that led us to want to learn from them? Hopefully, the answer is that we saw Christlike characteristics in their teachings and behaviors.

Conversely, we are wise to learn from the mistakes of others and make sure we do not repeat them.

We have a responsibility as Christians to try to live a life where others see God working in us and want to emulate the behaviors that we demonstrate. Mathew 5:16 says:

  • “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Have you ever wondered why Jesus asks us to be perfect, and then the Bible tells us we all are going to fall short?

  • “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Mathew 5:48.

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24.

The answer is that if we strive for perfection, we just might catch excellence. While none of us will ever be perfect like God, it is something that we can strive for.

The following five verses talk about perfection:

  1. “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12.
  2. “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” -1 Peter 5:10.
  3. “For by one offering, He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” - Hebrews 10:14.
  4. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:2.
  5. “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.” - Deuteronomy 32:4.

We are not perfect, yet we can become perfected through God’s grace and Jesus’ redeeming blood.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “For you have been called for this purpose, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you would follow in His steps.” - 1 Peter 2:21.

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Dan W.

Though we are not perfect (as in sinless) we are to be blameless. If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves (1 John 1.8), yet being blameless is a qualification for a bishop/elder (1 Tim. 3:1,7 and Titus 1:6). Great post, Brother!

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Dan W.

Though we are not perfect (as in sinless) we are to be blameless. If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves (1 John 1.8), yet being blameless is a qualification for a bishop/elder (1 Tim. 3:1,7 and Titus 1:6). Great post, Brother!

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