Ex. 30:31-33 π Lev. 10:1-3 π Prov. 28:26 π Jn. 4:18 π Jn. 11:4 π Jn. 15:5 π 1 Cor. 1:30 π 2 Cor. 10:4-5
“But from Him you have your existence in Christ Jesus, who became for us divine wisdom and righteousness and holiness and redemption, so that as has been written, ‘Let the boaster boast in the Lord.’” ( 1 Cor. 1:30 , Berk.; top)
To imitate something is to do or make something less than the original, a substitute for the real thing.
To follow Jesus doesn’t mean to imitate Him, but to follow the way He walks with the Father, which is in joint unity, which entails surrendering our knowledge to get His knowledge, surrendering our wisdom to get His wisdom. We will have to live in His spiritual lifestyle to please Him.
We do not copy His lifestyle; we surrender our lifestyle to walk in His spiritual lifestyle. To get divine knowledge demands the giving up of our knowledge. This giving up on our part is a death-like experience, because it contradicts our prideful human reasoning or thinking.
Most all counseling by Christians today is engineered by our own human knowledge, even though we quote Scripture in the process.
The natural human wisdom will push aside the Spirit of truth to satisfy its own prideful ego, even in Christians.
Jesus’ comment when the woman at the well said she had no husband was, “You are correct, and the one you are living with now is not your husband.” ( Jn. 4:18; top ) This kind of wisdom and knowledge triggered events that brought a whole city to meet Jesus. (What extraordinary counseling!)
Consider Jesus’ statement when He was informed that Lazarus was sick: “This sickness is not unto death.” ( Jn. 11:4; top ) Then Lazarus dies; even His own disciples rejected this kind of knowledge. Also, when Jesus heard of Lazarus’ sickness, He didn’t even go to see him right away, as He seemed to be almost void of compassion by waiting two days before going to see Lazarus - and then raising him from being dead four days.
A lady distraught over her miserable problems and undesirable lifestyle contacted a Christian pastor for help. He had no preconceived proposals, nor profound Christian counseling procedures; he just sat for three laborious hours and prayed as she lamented over her life-long problems. Three months later, she came back to report her entire life had changed. She had repented, accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord, and many of her unjust circumstances had been erased completely.
A black preacher was seeking only Godly results from his sermon; while waiting for spiritual knowledge, he stumbled through an embarrassing 15 minutes of stuttering and misquoting Scripture verses, until the anointing of supernatural wisdom came out of his mouth, calling forth from the congregation three prostitutes and two drug addicts for salvation and deliverance from sin by Almighty God.
Our common reasoning must be set aside as it has never found the Father and never will.
We can only truly operate as end-time Christians by God’s anointing coming from the Father Himself. This is accomplished by letting God reveal our shortcomings, our iniquities, our lack of mercy and compassion; and through repentance, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God's wisdom and knowledge. If we truly walk in God’s righteousness, we will hate our every sin as God’s righteousness eventually excludes all darkness.
Any imitation of this walk will prove to be disastrous, producing repeat performances of Ananias and Sapphira’s deaths in the Book of Acts.
Our coming priestly status demands surrender, righteousness and oneness with the Father. Even being born priests, as Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu were, and being exposed to the words “holiness to the Lord” continually via their father, didn’t mean they could minister as they pleased. Their insubordination in ministering caused them to be burned to death by Almighty God. ( Lev. 10:1-3; top )
In Ex. 30:31-33 (top), it relates not to try and imitate the anointing oil of God.
We are to cast down the imagination of our minds and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. ( 2 Cor. 10:4-5; top )
“He that trusts in his own heart is a fool...” ( Prov. 28:26; top )
“...For without (apart from) Me you can do nothing.” ( Jn. 15:5; top )
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