Lie 3: We Would Be Thought of as Making Ourselves a Deity
Truth: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV).
We are instructed to conform to Christ’s image, but that doesn’t mean we become a deity.
Believers were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). The citizens of this city saw something in these disciples that identified them with Jesus Christ. They were acting so much like the Savior they were given a new moniker, “little Christ.” What a compliment to say that we live and act so much like Christ that we are easily identified as being one with Him. Christians didn’t go around saying they were a deity and wanted to be worshipped. They pointed to the only One who deserved worship.
When Paul and Barnabus preached in Lystra a lame man was healed (Acts 14:11-15). The crowd immediately proclaimed the two men were gods and sought to offer a sacrifice in their honor. Paul was quick to stop what they were doing and point the crowd toward Christ who was the healer.
God made us to be victorious (Revelation 1:6). We are His representatives on earth to show people what the Father is really like. He didn’t intend for us to get saved and then remain stuck in the difficulties of life. We are not expected to just hold on to the knot at the end of the rope until He pulls it up and we go to heaven.
When we act like children of the Father, we reflect His character to unsaved people and His image comes through (John 1:12). We can demonstrate His glory without appearing to make ourselves His equal.
Lie 4: We Can’t Love the Way Jesus Did
Truth: This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus (1 John 4:17). This verse tells us in this world we are like Him.
We can’t love others unconditionally in our own ability, but the command to love one another wouldn’t be given if it were not possible to do it.
Of course, we aren’t in an immortal body at this moment, but right now in this world where we live and breathe, we are like Jesus in the regenerated part of us, not the physical part.
If we are like Him now in this world, then we have the capacity to see others the way He does. The Father’s passion is stopped when we rely on our senses.
Love is not an emotion, it is action. We exhibit feelings of affection for our family and friends, but godly love is the Lord’s holy response in situations, not our feelings.
A thermostat is a device that regulates temperature. The Word should be used as a holy thermostat to regulate our emotions. To deny our own desires and put others first is to love like Jesus did.