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Imitators of God
by Wayne Blank
"Therefore be imitators of God ("followers of God" in KJV), as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2 RSV)
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children"
To seek to "imitate" God is well in keeping for those who were made in God's image ("imitate" and "image" have the same meaning when used in the same way) i.e. "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27 RSV). How can mere humans "imitate" God? By behaving in a "Godly" way according to God's Commandments that sum up how to identify the only true God and how to truly obey Him (see The Decalogue).
"But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints. Let there be no filthiness, nor silly talk, nor levity, which are not fitting; but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Anyone who repents can become an "imitator" of God.
"For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light, for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true, and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
"Look carefully then how you walk" is both an encouragement and a warning.
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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