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SamuelAkpabio    [email]    ( United Kingdom ) 2018-11-26     Views : 200     Touched : 63
Eph.5:1; " Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children:"

This verse of the Epistle of Paul is teaching us to imitate God as we who are born of the righteousness of God, the water and of the Spirit; Jn.3:5, the faith of the baptism of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit; In Matt.5:44-45, our Lord said, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he make his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."

The old king James Bible says "Be followers of God as dear children;" But the Greek language translates "followers of God", as " imitators of God" as beloved children. We all know that to imitate is to copy another person's attribute or another person's actions. It is clear this teaching that we should copy our heavenly Father's attribute; But without obeying and doing the word or following the voice of God the Holy Spirit in our heart or the voice of the good conscience, we cannot imitate or follow the actions or attributes of our Father which art in heaven. So Matthew by the will of God teaches us in Matt.5:45 what we must do as beloved children of
God in order to imitate God our Father which art in heaven. If believers are not born of again in the heart, the human spirit, according to the gospel of water and the Spirit, the baptism and of the Holy Spirit, they cannot be the beloved children of God and, would not be able to imitate or be followers of God. So if believers are not born of God in the heart, then their sins are not remitted from their heart, and cannot have the power or the ability to be followers or imitators of God because of weakness of the flesh as they are spiritually dead and separated from God because they cannot have fellowship with God even if they want to do so. The word of God tells us, " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."; Phil.4:13. No human being on this earth can serve God without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; Except he/she in the gospel of water and the Spirit. Hence the Lord said in Jn.3:5, " Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Now the kingdom on earth is received in the heart, the human spirit. We cannot serve God in a familiar spirit, the spirit of unrighteousness, because the word of God sys, " there is no fellowship between righteousness and unrighteousness"; 2 Cor.6:14.

In Matt.5:45, he tells us that God makes his sun to riseon the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. This is quite plain in that all the blessings that the children of God enjoy, the children of the evil and the unjust also enjoy.

Another attribute of God; Luke 6:36, "Therefore, be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful. Jesus also told us in the sermon on the mount; Matt.5:7, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Now to cap it all, Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Pet.3:13"; And who is he that will harm you if ye be followersof that which is good? Again this is quite plain, because if we are followers, imitators of God, the Lord said through Peter that the world will not harm us, his children who imitate him.

Now we may say that we are humans and have weaknesses. Do we not know that all of our weaknesses were cut away from us and handed to Jesus in his baptism and put upon Jesus' head? The Lord took care of all our transgressions, iniquities and peace according to Isa.53:5"; "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was buised for our iniquities; the chasetisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stipes we are healed." These were all fulfilled in the baptism of Jesus , his blood of the cross, his resurrection and our baptism with the Holy Ghost and Fire of all believers in the gospel of water and of the Holy Spirit; Hence we should always bless our Father in heaven with thanksgivings for giving us victory over sins by giving us his only begotten son, Jesus Christ our saviour and the power of the Holy Spirit instead of prayers of repentance and the forgiveness of sins which profit nothing.

Hence in Eph.5:2, we are taught; " And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.


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