Like Christ - Called to be like the Lord

Like Christ - Called to be like the Lord

by Andrew Murray

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ISBN-13: 9788582182147
Publisher: Editora Dracaena
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 397 KB

About the Author

Andrew Murray (9 May 1828 - 18 January 1917) was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be "the chief end of the church.

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LIKE CHRIST...Because We Abide In Him

"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked"-l John 2:6.

Abiding in Christ and walking like Christ: these two blessings of the new life are presented here in their essential unity. The fruit of a life in Christ is a life like Christ. To the first of these expressions, abiding in Christ, we are no strangers. The wondrous parable of the Vine and the branches, with the accompanying command, "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4), has often been a source of rich instruction and comfort. And though we feel as if we have only imperfectly learned the lesson of abiding in Him, yet we have tasted something of the joy that comes when the soul can say: Lord, You know all things. You know that I do abide in You. And, He also knows how often the fervent prayer still arises: Blessed Lord, do grant me the complete, unbroken abiding. The second expression, walking like Christ, is no less significant than the first. It is the promise of the wonderful power which abiding in Him will exert. As the fruit of our surrender to live wholly in Him, His life works so mightily in us that our walk-the outward expression of the inner life-becomes like His. The two are inseparably connected. 'The abiding in always precedes the walking like Him. And yet, the desire to walk like Him must equally precede any large amount of abiding. Only then is the need for a close union fully realized. The heavenly Giver is free to bestow the fullness of His grace, because He sees that the soul is prepared to use it according to His design. When the Savior said, "If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love" (John 15: 10), He meant this: the surrender to walk like Me is the path to the full abiding in Me. Many will discover that this is the secret of his failure in abiding in Christ-he did not seek it with the idea of walking like Christ. The words of John invite us to look at the two truths in their vital connection and dependence on each other. The first lesson they teach is: He who seeks to abide in Christ must walk even as He walked. We all know that it is a matter of course that a branch bear fruit of the same sort as the vine to which it belongs. The life of the vine and the branch is so completely identical that the manifestation of that life must be identical, too. When the Lord Jesus redeemed us with His blood, and presented us to the Father in His righteousness, He did not leave us in our old nature to serve God as best we could. No, in Him dwelt the eternal life-the holy, divine life of heaven-and everyone who is in Him receives that same eternal life in its holy, heavenly power. Hence, nothing can be more natural than the claim that he who abides in Him, continually receiving life from Him, must also so walk even as He walked. This mighty life of God in the soul does not, however, work as a blind force compelling us ignorantly or involuntarily to act like Christ. On the contrary, the walking like Him must be the result of a deliberate choice-sought in strong desire, accepted by a living will. With this view, the Father in heaven showed us, in Jesus' earthly life, what the life of heaven would be when it came down into the conditions and circumstances of our human life. And, with the same object, the Lord Jesus-when we receive the new life from Him, and when He calls us to abide in Him so that we may receive that life more abundantly-points us to His own life on earth. He tells us that the new life has been bestowed so that we may walk even as He walked. "Even as I, so ye also." That word of the Master takes His whole earthly life, and very simply makes it the rule and guide of all our conduct. If we abide in Jesus, we may not act other than He did. "Like Christ" gives, in one short, all-inclusive word, the blessed law of the Christian life. He is to think, to speak, to act as Jesus did; as Jesus was, even so he is to be. The second lesson is the complement of the first: He who seek's to walk like Christ, must abide in Him. There is a twofold need of this lesson. With some, there is the earnest desire and effort to follow Christ's example. And yet, they have no sense of how impossible it is to do so without a deep, real abiding in Him. They fail because they seek to obey the high command to live like Christ, without the only power that can do so-the living in Christ. With others, there is the opposite error. They know their own weakness, and think that walking like Christ is an impossibility. Those who seek to do it and who fail need the lesson as much as those who do not seek because they expect to fail. To walk like Christ one must abide in Him. He who abides in Him has the power to walk like Him; not in himself or his own efforts, but in Jesus, who perfects His strength in our weakness. It is when I feel my utter weakness most deeply, and fully accept Jesus in His wondrous union to myself as my life, that His power works in me. Then, I am able to lead a life completely beyond what my own power could obtain. I begin to see that abiding in Him is not a matter of moments or special seasons, but the deep life process in which-by His keeping grace-] continue without a moment's intermission, and from which I act out all my Christian life. And, I feel encouraged to really take Him as my entire example, because I am sure that the hidden, inner union and likeness must work itself out into a visible likeness in walk and conduct. Dear reader! if God gives us grace, in the course of our meditations, to truly enter into the meaning of His words and what they teach about a life like Christ's, we will more than once come into contact with the heights and depths that will make us cry out, "How can these things be?" If the Holy Spirit reveals the heavenly perfection of the humanity of our Lord as the image of the unseen God, and speaks, "so, even so ought ye also to walk," the first effect will be that we will begin to feel how far we are from Him. We will be ready to give up hope, and to say with so many, "There's no reason to even try, I can never walk like Jesus. " At such moments, we will find our strength in the message, He that abideth in Him, he must, he can, also walk even as He walked. The word of the Master will come with new meaning as the assurance of sufficient strength. He who abides in Me bears much fruit. Therefore, brethren, abide in Him! Every believer is in Christ. But, everyone does not abide in Him in the consciously joyful and trustful surrender of their whole being given up to His influence. You know what abiding in Him is. It is to consent with our whole soul to His being our life, to depend on Him to inspire us in all that goes to make up life, and then to absolutely give up everything so that He may rule and work in us. It is resting in the full assurance that He does, each moment, work in us what we are to be. He Himself enables us to maintain that perfect surrender, in which He is free to do all His will. Let all who do indeed long to walk like Christ find courage in the thought of what He is and will prove Himself to be if they trust Him. He is the true Vine; no vine ever did so fully for its branches what He will do for us. We only have to consent to be branches.

Table of Contents

Like Christ
1. Because We Abide in Him 9
2. He Himself Calls Us to it 16
3. As One That Serves 23
4. Our Head 30
5. In Suffering Wrong 37
6. Crucified with Him 43
7. In His Self-denial 51
8. In His Self-sacrifice 58
9. Not of the World 65
10. In His Heavenly Mission 72
11. As the Elect of God 78
12. In Doing God's Will 85
13. In His Compassion 92
14. In His Oneness with the Father 99
15. In His Dependence on the Father 105
16. In His Love 112
17. In His Praying 118
18. In His Use of Scripture 126
19. In Forgiving 134
20. In Beholding Him 140
21. In His Humility 147
22. In the Likeness of His Death 155
23. In the Likeness of His Resurrection 161
24. Being Made Conformable to His Death 168
25. Giving His Life for Men 175
26. In His Meekness 182
27. Abiding in the Love of God 188
28. Led by the Spirit 196
29. In His Life through the Father 203
30. In Glorifying the Father 209
31. In His Glory 217
On Preaching Christ Our Example 224

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