Can you see them? Can you hear them? Can you sense them?
Think about that for a little while.
Okay, what did you come away with? Are there any distinctions that Christ like people have? Can you tell anything from them? Can you spot them in a line up? Could you convict them of being of ‘God’s people’?
I would like to touch on just one of many characteristics of anyone that is ‘Christlike’.
It is the ‘desire’ of oneself to be closer or to know of the one that you ‘worship’. Let me start with the definition of “Worship”. John 4.23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.(Italics added) This is what is called the ‘pinnacle’ of total belief.
Now what is spirit and truth? For the purpose of this blog, I would like to skip to the second one- Truth. Let me just start with the most obvious one. John 14.6 (all texts are using NASB.) Jesus said to him,”I am the way,and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the father but through me.”
Now using this as our baseline for work,lets break this down even farther. John 14.6 is telling us that the three things are pointing to him. These three things are in essence ………Jesus. Three things- ‘the way’,’the truth’,’the life’. I would like again to break this down and concentrate on just but one and start there. ‘The Truth’ what is it? What does it look like,who says it, what is it about, should I believe it.
Defining ‘Truth’ can be a tricky thing to answer, even for Pontius Pilate who talks with Jesus, he says in John 18.38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. Pilate being a Roman governor of Judea, had no definition of what truth was.
With all the references to truth, It was the Messiah was questioning what the truth was to everyone. Jesus’s walking and talking with all that he came into contact with questioning “what was the truth”. The people knew,the local leaders knew, the religious people knew, even the world knew because of their Caesar.(Caesar was their truth, after all this is what they were worshiping) Who was it, what was it?
. It is the capturing of the message that God,his people,their leaders, disciples, apostles, that Jesus was the Messiah to lead them from this world into God’s kingdom within the new creation.
But to the point of the discussion, I must point out that it is the lack of need of most christianity that they feel like there is no need to ‘know’ these things, to study the scriptures in a more deep and ‘seeing’ way. I have sensed that there is not much desire for this deep earnest desire to search the word to ‘find’ what the ‘truth’ really is.
*Get a few people together and just talk the scriptures, discuss the theology of God. Find only the ones that are just plain giddy to be studying God’s word to ‘see’ what it says on a every day basis. Those are the ones that are ‘in Christ’. “Where two or three are gathered together………I am there also.”