To us at TFChurch, Jesus Christ is not a mere religious figure after whom Christianity was formed. He is the express image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) that we were created to be like. At the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis, man lost the very nature and character of God he was created in. The whole essence of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to return us to God’s original intent, way beyond the state of man in the garden of Eden.
Paul in Ephesians 4:24 says we were created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. This is the very nature we lost at the fall in Genesis. This is what God is giving us an opportunity to recover through Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life, without whom no one can become like the Father (John 14:6).
The emphasis is on becoming like Jesus Christ who is God that has graced this earth in human form. Jesus Christ and the Father are one (John 10:25). As we conform to the nature and character of Jesus Christ, we automatically become like God, thereby regaining what was lost through Adam in the garden.
“You were taught with regard to your former way of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:17 -24
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Logic of Christlikeness:
- We are God’s children and Jesus Christ is our senior brother.
- We have the same DNA with God and Jesus Christ.
- If we share the same DNA with Christ, then it is only natural to be like Him.
- Our lifestyle and character has to be consistent with that of Christ.
- We can therefore say we look like, talk like, walk like, work like our Father (God) and brother (Jesus Christ).
Any spiritual experience, activity, encounter that does not lead you to Christlikeness is invalid in this context of the Finish.