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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mimhtai Mou!


μιμηταί μου γίνεσθε, καθὼς κἀγὼ Χριστοῦ. 


You say, ‘That's Greek to me!’  Yes, friends, it is.

Translation: 

“Be an imitator of me just as I am an imitator of Christ.”

Mimetes means to imitate, to follow.  The root word means ‘to mimic’.

Paul was teaching those raunchy, self-indulgent Corinthians saved by the grace of The Most High God, how to live out their new faith.  He was teaching them what being a Follower of the Mashiach (Messiah) actually looked like in their liberating new life.  It was to MIMIC the Saving One.

He was teaching them that their NEW LIFE in Christ was gloriously beautiful as it is liberating because it was Truth.  And it is Truth that sets us free indeed!  Paul was spelling out for them who (and Whose) they actually are now IN Yeshua HaMashiach.

The Pattern to be copied and mimicked is ultimately Jesus, the Christ.  Though, Paul preaches to them that they are to follow his (Paul’s) pattern only because he is following Christ’s pattern for living a pure and holy life in word, thought and deed!  

Paul’s halacha (walk) matches his LORD’s.

Now, you might already be enlightened to the fact that Scripture ‘addresses’ or references are not inspired of God.  Men put those there so that we might be able to locate the Inspired passages.  I bring this up because 1 Corinthians 11:1 should actually be 1 Corinthians 10:34.  It completes the point that Paul is trying to convey that ‘he is not looking out for his own interests, but for those of the many, so that they may be saved.’  Paul is deeply concerned about the salvation of others.  

Don’t you know that is the compassionate concern of Christ in him?

Paul is telling us today that we are to be so concerned with the salvation of others that we closely MIMIC the LORD YESHUA in word, thought and deed for the purpose of bringing others into this Kingdom of Light!  We are to be making Followers as we ourselves follow the Risen Christ.

Imitation cheese.  Disgusting.  

Imitation bacon bits.  What’s the point?

Imitation Christ.  Exemplary!  

And Christ looks GREAT, y'all!

I used to believe that we were to ‘mimic’ until Christ is formed in us.   But, the LORD has corrected me.  We are to ‘mimic’ that Christ might be formed in us.

"Be ye followers (imitators) of me, even as I also am (an imitator) of Christ."

Be ye:   4:16; 10:33; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:9; Hebrews 6:12

even:    Romans 15:2,3; Ephesians 5:1,2; Philippians 2:4,5

Not everyone will be enthralled at your imitating Christ.  Some may even be your Christian friends.  Truth always brings conviction.  Go ahead, imitate anyway.  It is for the sake of all, remember?

What about you?  Can you say “mimhtai mou ginesqe kaqwV kagw Cristou”?  No, I don’t mean in Greek...I mean with a good conscience?

Our halacha is being seen.  But ought it be imitated? 


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6 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

Bless you sweetie.

March 22, 2009 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

That is my daily prayer.

March 22, 2009 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Kathie said...

Thank you for this message!

March 22, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Thank you, Friends...

somehow the formatting got messed up. Sorry about that!

I shalt not attempt to fix it lest I make it worse!

Shalom aleichem, Mereas, as you imitate our LORD in this new week HE has given!

March 22, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Amydeanne said...

funny, i get these sent in my email.. and all i had to see was the first few words to know it was my sistah Carmen sharing! lol
hugs.
be imitators.. may God give me the wisdom to understand how to do that!

March 22, 2009 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Wow, this is powerful!!! Gave me goosebumps. I know the Lord has so much to do in me regarding this message.

March 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

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