July 22, 2011

Just how much like Jesus are you really? Take this quiz and see!

Posted in Authority, Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Keys To The Kingdom tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:24 am by Lisa Ritchey

A Christian should imitate or impersonate Jesus, JUST like people who impersonate Elvis Presley.  If followers of “The King” are acting JUST like him, how much more should we, “followers of Christ”, be acting JUST like the King of Kings, the King of Glory?

Are there “levels” of salvation,Christianity and belief?  You decide that.  But for now, Let’s see just how Jesus – like we really are, shall we?

  • Do you Love God with all of your heart,  
  • And your neighbor as yourself?  (Yes, we have been given the command to love ourselves.  If He loves us, why shouldn’t we?)  
  • Do you have aught against any other or do you forgive?
  • Do you give God ALL of the glory, or do you do things to puff yourself up, make you look good in the eyes of others as well as yourself?
  • Do you take care of the fatherless and widows?
  • Do you clothe the naked, feed the hungry, care for the sick?
  • Do you visit those in prison?  In Matthew 25 Jesus said that we are to do these things, and when we do these, we are doing it unto Him.

I know that I, personally by myself, can not do all the things Jesus lists in Matthew 25, but I can partner with and support other ministries that do.  In this way I, too, am getting them accomplished.  They must be done, and it will only happen through us!

The following is why I write about the promises of God, and also the promises made by Jesus.  This is for those that believe the cross was not only the fulfillment of the promise of salvation made by God, but that it was also the doorway to the fulfillment of the promises made by Jesus.  (I will NEVER deny what was done on the cross by my beloved, precious Savior.  NEVER!  And believing on Him is the ONLY way to heaven!  [John 14:6] I am simply stating that there is so much more promised to us than just a ticket out of Hell!) 

We call these believers “Spirit Filled”, (believing and receiving the not just the initial indwelling, but also the second infilling of the Holy Spirit as described in Matt. 3:11 and Lk. 3:16.  We see it fulfilled with Cornelius and his family in Acts 10:45, and with Paul and a group of believers in Acts 19:1-7.), “Pentecostal” (Those that Believe the Book of Acts was just the beginning and if they did it then, so should we now.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, after all, so if  He did it then, He does it now, and since He still does, we still do!), “Charismatics” to a certain degree, “Holy Rollers”, “Bapticostals” (Baptists that believe these promises and act upon them), etc., etc., etc.

Again, are there degrees of salvation?  All I can find is that one must believe and confess.  I, personally, believe it all, and truly strive to fufil it. ALL of it. Even as He did it, so do I.  To the very best of my ability.  Here is the rest of what I believe, and why the Bible says I should.  

It is written in red in Acts 1:8 and says:

  • But ye shall receive power (Strong’s Greek entry #1411 defines this as, “force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.“),
  • after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
  • and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In Mark 16:16-18 Jesus tells us more of what happens then:  

  • He that believeth (Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #4100 defines this believeth as, “to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust [especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ]) and is baptized shall be saved  (Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #4982 defines this as, “deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole”.)  but he that believeth not shall be damned (Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #4100    defines damned as, “to judge against, that is, sentence: – condemn, damn).
  • And these signs shall follow (Again, Strong’s Greek defines this as to accompany, follow in the near vicinity of . Shall means that it must happen, has to, there is no way that it will not happen.  Wow, what a promise!!!)
  • them that believe  (He did NOT say, “the apostles”, nor did He say, “those of you that are here with me now”.  He said anyone, anytime that believes on the power of His Holy name. ANYONE, ANYTIME- even us, now, in this day and time.  Hallelujah!);
  • in my name (with my power of attorney, just as if it were me standing there doing it, but it is me doing it through you)
  • shall they cast out devils (yep!) ;
  • they shall speak with new tongues (Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #1100 defines this instance of tongues as glossa: a language [specifically not naturally acquired]. This means one given and not naturally learned, and as 1 Corinthians 13:10 tells us this will continue until Jesus returns, and as that hasn’t happened yet…)
  • they shall take up serpents (*It is written in red, and that means that Jesus said, “… It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt [test, or try] the L-rd, thy G-d.” Matthew 4:7. That means we are not to pick up poisonous snakes just to see what will happen, but if something happens to someone like it did to Paul on the island gathering wood and one gets accidentally bitten, they shall not be harmed!);
  • and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; (* applies here, too!)
  • they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (There is absolutely NO possible way to misunderstand that. It means what it says! Plain and simple. If you realize that it is not you doing it, but Him doing it through you, and that He WILL do it, then He will. Long ago He took 39 lashes, or 1,573 stripes for it. 99.99999% of Christians that die of disease die because of a lack of faith, or they and no one around them knows the Word. How do I know?  Because here Jesus says that it should not happen.  Dead ain’t recovered in my book, folks!!!!!).

Did you realize that the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) is the nature or personality, the character of Jesus.  You can’t impersonate Him unless you act like Him!

And the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge; faith; the gifts of healing; the working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits; divers kinds of tongues; the interpretation of tongues) are the ministry of Jesus.  You can not be like Him unless you do these!

As Christians, it is our job, our calling – each and every one of us – to do all of these and to be just as much like Jesus as we possibly can.

Personally, I am not there yet.  I surely am working on it, though.  But you know what?  I do know who Christ is and who He is in me, and my goal is to be just as much like Him as I possibly can be!  If Jesus Himself said I am to, how can I call myself a Christian and do anything less?

So, how did you do?

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