As He Is So Are We

The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 4:

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

19 We love Him because He first loved us.

As mentioned yesterday, we are no longer in bondage to the fear of death.  As we are perfected in Love, fear is cast out as well as the torment associated with it.  If we are continuing to deal with fear then we know Love has not yet been perfected in us and we need to make a note of that Truth in our everyday living.  By THE SPIRIT Paul prayed and wrote in Ephesians chapter 1:

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,

23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Each of us should personalize this prayer for it is an excellent request to be brought before FATHER.  Jesus is sitting at rest next to FATHER has our High Priest interceding for us in righteousness and justice in all Truth.  The Truth revealed to us in Love by FATHER will indeed set us free from all bondage.  There is no authority greater than the authority of Jesus Christ sitting at FATHER’S Right Hand and we have unfettered access to this authority given to us through His Blood at the cross.  Death has been overcome so we should walk accordingly without the fear of death.

Jesus is at rest and we should be at rest as well.  In Matthew chapter 11 Jesus spoke:

28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

It is our responsibility to respond to Jesus’ invitation to rest.  We must come to Him and become like Him for as we do we will be able to proclaim “As He is so are we”.  We need to cease from our own works which produce anxiety and worry.  We do this by hearing and responding to HIS Word and being led by THE SPIRIT so that we are walking according to FATHER’S plan, will, and purpose.  To become as He is we must deal with our thought life and Paul addressed this by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

If I have a thought contrary to Love, righteousness and Truth, I cast it down and tell my mind to quit thinking about it for my mind is to be a servant and obey my spirit.  It is not the determinant of what I focus on else my ego would take over and lead me away from being pure in heart.  It is our choice of what we ponder on and as we dwell and meditate on HIS Word we train our mind to be subject to The Way of Jesus Christ.  We are able to cast down arguments and anything attempting to exalt itself above Christ.  The final result: As He is so are we!

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