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CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRIST
Jesus is Altogether Lovely
Jesus is Holy
Jesus is Righteous
Jesus is Good
Jesus is Faithful
Jesus is True
Jesus is Just
Jesus is Guileless
Jesus was Innocent
Jesus is Spotless
Jesus Resisted Temptation
Jesus is Obedient
Jesus is Zealous
Jesus is Lowly in Heart
Jesus is Merciful
Jesus is Benevolent
Jesus was Self-denying
Jesus is Resigned
Jesus is Forgiving
Jesus was Subject to His Earthly Parents
Jesus is Love
Jesus is Joy
Jesus is Peace
Jesus is Patient
Jesus is Gentle
Jesus is Faithful
Jesus is Meek
Jesus has Self-control
Your Wonderful Friendship #3
Belief Is A Miracle #481
Dishonoring Christ #774
I’m Not Alone #291
I will be using the [KJV] King James Version of the Bible
Verses with words in red bold italics is Jesus speaking.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
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YOUR WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP
When I feel sad, depressed or low,
It seems that You, always do know!
You’re there with a gentle word or deed,
All the cares of others, You do heed.
Your heart is full of kindness and love,
You’re a ‘Gift’ so rare, from God above!
You put other’s needs above Your own,
Such true love is not, by many, shown.
It’s so hard to find a Friend like you,
Your love and compassion are great virtues!
Your friendship is a blessing untold,
And in my heart, your love I will hold!
By: Connie Kramer May 7,1997 # 3
You can NEVER have a better Friend than Jesus! He will NEVER fail you, NEVER frustrate you NEVER forsake you! Any qualities you admire in people, Jesus has them, and many more! If you can imagine in your mind the perfect person . . . that would be Jesus! Even His anger and wrath are brought about by His good qualities. He is God, and God CANNOT tolerate sin, in any way! He is pure and good and just and righteous, so He it is natural for Him to get angry at our sin. But when we turn to Him in repentance, He is loving and merciful and forgiving! He loves us, and gave His life to save us from the penalty of our sin (everlasting Hell). He paid the debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay! Thank You Jesus!
BELIEVE what God states about His Son.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [KJV]
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. [KJV]
1 John 5:11-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
Do you believe this?
RECEIVE the Gift of salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. [KJV]
You can never ‘grow’ into being a Christian! You can never do enough ‘good’ things to become a Christian. Your name on the church roll, nor your church attendance will never make you a Christian. Belonging to a certain denomination will never make you a Christian. You must be born into God’s family by faith. When you believe God’s Word and receive His Son into your heart and life, then, and only then, are you a Christian. Once you are in the family of God, THEN you will grow as a Christian, and work for our Lord! Once you make a true heart-felt commitment to Christ, HE makes a life-long commitment to you! He gives you eternal life and a future home in Heaven. You are saved!
Once God’s child; His child forever!
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRIST
The Person of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ, can in NO way be compared to any other person anywhere in the world! His awesome and majestic characteristics make Him who He is! In this little booklet, we will delve into the traits that make up His unique character.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. [KJV] . . . In what ways are we made in God’s image? God surely did not create us exactly like Himself because God has no physical body. We are given: 1. the capacity to think, 2. the capacity to feel, 3. the capacity to know God, 4. a soul and spirit. It is our soul that especially bears God’s image.
We, as Christians, must imitate Jesus, and walk as He walked when He was on Earth. We must allow His Holy Spirit to work within us and produce these amazing characteristic traits, so that we may be more like Him. God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2). As we become more and more like Him, we will discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be. How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness? By reading and obeying the Bible, by studying His life on Earth through the Gospels, by being filled with His Spirit, and by doing His work in the world.
Characteristics of Christ
JESUS is ALTOGETHER LOVELY
The first characteristic of Christ is that He is “altogether lovely.”
Song 5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. [KJV] . . . Even those who know little about Christ, cannot help but see pleasant and likable beauty in others who bear His “lovable” image. There are great hopes for anyone who begins to inquire concerning Christ and His perfections. Believers, who are well acquainted with Christ, should do all they can to make others know something of Him. Divine glory makes Him truly lovely in the eyes of all who are enlightened to notice spiritual things. Jesus is pure white in the spotless innocence of His life, and in the darkness of the evil society. Jesus is a portrait of beauty; of Person, of grace and of manners. May His love direct us to live to, and in His glory.
JESUS is HOLY
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. [KJV] . . .
Jesus was born without the sin that entered the world through Adam. He was born holy, just as Adam was created sinless. The difference: Adam disobeyed God; Jesus obeyed God and was able to face sin’s consequences in our place and make us acceptable to God (Romans 5:14-19).
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; [KJV] . . . The “key of David” represents Christ’s authority to open the door into His future kingdom. After the door is opened, no one can close it . . . salvation is assured. Once it is closed, no one can open it . . . judgment is certain. Holy Jesus opens a door of invitation and opportunity to all who will listen; He opens a door of entrance by opening the heart. BUT, He shuts the door of Heaven against the foolish, who foolishly reject Him in their day of grace; and against the workers of iniquity, no matter how vain and confident they may be.
JESUS is RIGHTEOUS.
Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. [KJV] . . . Jesus is righteous! “My righteous servant will justify many” tells of the vast family of believers who will become righteous, NOT by their own works, but by the Messiah’s great work on the cross. They are justified because they have claimed Christ, the Righteous Servant, as their Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Their life of sin is stripped away, and they are clothed with Christ’s goodness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. [KJV] . . . Great things are said of Christ by the Father! Let us own and honor Him as God; for if He had not been the Righteous God, He would never had done the Mediator’s work, and had never worn the Mediator’s crown. Righteous Christ was qualified for the office of Mediator, He and He alone was qualified! He is above ALL prophets, priests and kings, that were ever in the service of God.
JESUS is GOOD
Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? [KJV] . . . Jesus was indeed “good” meaning moral, upright and honest. The great things He promises makes His rules easy, and His yoke pleasant and very comfortable. To follow Christ, we are required to obey His laws, follow His pattern, and willingly submit our all to Him, simply because we love Him, and depend on Him.
JESUS is FAITHFUL
Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. [KJV] . . . We long for fair treatment from others, but do we always give it? We hate those who base their judgments on appearance, false evidence, or hearsay, but do we judge others by those standards? Only Christ can be the perfectly fair Judge. Only when we allow Him to rule in our hearts can we be as fair in our treatment of others as we expect others to be toward us.
1 Thes. 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. [KJV] . . . Jesus was and is faithful to God the Father, and He is faithful to us as well. He called us to eternal life, and He is also able to deliver us to it! Heaven is ours if we know Jesus!
JESUS is TRUE.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [KJV] . . . The Word became flesh means Jesus becoming a human being. By becoming man, Christ became (1) the perfect teacher . . . in Jesus’ life we see how God thinks and therefore how we should think (Phil. 2:5-11); (2) the perfect example . . . He is a model of what we should be, He shows us how to live and gives us the power to do it (1 Peter 2:21); (3) the perfect sacrifice . . . Jesus came as an acceptable Sacrifice for all sins, and His death satisfied God’s requirements for the removal of sin (Col. 1:15-23).
John 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. [KJV] . . . Those who want to know God’s will, and do it, clearly know Jesus was telling the TRUTH about Himself.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. [KJV] . . . To this true and living God, be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
JESUS is JUST
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. [KJV] . . . The Triumphal Entry of Jesus riding into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11) was predicted here more than 500 years before it happened. The prophet said Jesus is just, meaning fair and impartial.
Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. [KJV] . . . Christ is here called that “Just One”; for He is Jesus Christ the one and only righteous One.
JESUS is GUILELESS.
Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. [KJV] . . . Jesus had never committed a crime or ever told a lie. He was pure and honest.
1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [KJV] . . . Christ never sinned, yet He suffered so that we could be set free. When we follow Christ’s example and live for others, we too may suffer. Our goal should be to face suffering as He did . . . with patience, calmness, and confidence that God is in control of the future.
JESUS was HARMLESS
Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate
from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; [KJV] . . . Carefully notice the description of the personal holiness of Christ. He is free from all bad habits or principles of sin. No sin dwells in Him, no sinful tendencies, such as dwells even in the best of Christians. He is harmless, He had NO actual transgression; He did NO violence, there was NO deceit or trickery ever in His mouth. He is totally undefiled. We can rest assured that Jesus will deliver us in the time of our trials and sufferings, in the time of sorrows, in the hour of our death, and on Judgment Day.
JESUS was INNOCENT
Matthew 27:3-4 Then Judas, which had betrayeth him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. [KJV] . . . Judas truly wanted to get out of the mess he had gotten himself into, but the religious leaders refused. Many plans we set into motion CANNOT be reversed. It is best to think of the consequences before we launch into an action we may later regret. Judas admitted to the chief priests that he had sinned, and betrayed an innocent person. This was full testimony to the character of Christ; but the rulers wouldn’t listen. Throwing down the money, Judas left, then went and hanged himself, not being able to bear the terror of Divine wrath, and the anguish of despair. Judas had certainly betrayed an innocent Jesus!
JESUS is SPOTLESS
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [KJV] . . . Our Saviour and Lord couldn’t have saved us unless He was absolutely pure and spotless, completely without any sin whatsoever. God would not have accepted His Sacrifice for us otherwise. Thank You Jesus!
JESUS RESISTED TEMPTATION
Matthew 4:1-10 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [KJV] . . . This time of testing proved that Jesus was really the Son of God, able to overcome the devil and his temptations. This temptation by the devil proves to us that Jesus was human, and it gave Jesus the opportunity to reaffirm God’s plan for His ministry. It also gives us an example to follow when we are tempted. The devil, also called Satan, is real and constantly fights against those who follow and obey God. Satan’s temptations are real, and he continually tries to get us to live his way or our way, instead of God’s way. If Jesus had given in, His mission on Earth . . . to die for our sins and offer us eternal life would have been lost. When temptations seem extremely strong, or when you think it might be OK to give in, BEWARE, Satan is simply trying to block God’s purpose and intent for your life.
Jesus’ temptation demonstrates His total sinlessness. He faced every temptation known to mankind for 40 days and 40 nights, and NEVER gave in. Jesus was not tempted in the temple or at His baptism but in the desert when He was tired, alone, hungry and most vulnerable. The devil most often tempts us when we are vulnerable; when we are under physical or emotional stress, lonely, tired, or facing big decisions or uncertainty.
We cannot show true obedience IF we have never had a chance to disobey. We read in Deut. 8:2 that God led Israel into the desert to humble them and test them. God wanted to see whether or not His people would really obey Him. We too will be tested in our own ‘personal’ wilderness! Testing will come, so we should be alert and ready for it. Our beliefs are strong only if they hold up under pressure! Temptation itself is NOT sin. We sin when we give in and disobey God.
Another thing to consider, the devil also likes to tempt us where we are the most strong, the place where we are most open to pride. We must always be on guard against his attacks.
The devil’s temptations focused on three crucial areas: (1) physical needs and desires, (2) possessions and power, and (3) pride.
1 John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [KJV]
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [KJV] . . . Jesus did not give in. He was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet NEVER gave in! He knows firsthand what we are going through, and He is willing and able to help us as we struggle. When you are tempted, turn to Him for strength and endurance (John 15:1-5; Philippians 4:13).
Jesus experienced a full range of temptations throughout His life as a human being. We can have comfort knowing that Jesus faced temptation, for He can sympathize with us. He went through it! He is not like someone who does not understand what we are facing. He does understand! We can be encouraged knowing that Jesus faced temptation without giving in to sin. We do NOT have to sin when faced with the enticing lure of temptation, for we have power at our beck and call! His Spirit within us will help us turn away and NOT sin, if we truly want to obey God. Jesus is the only perfect human being who has ever lived, and He is there for us, day or night!
JESUS ALWAYS OBEDIENT to GOD the FATHER
Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. [KJV] . . . I desire to do your will. Jesus ALWAYS portrayed this manner of obeying and serving God. If only we would take on this attitude in our lives!
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. [KJV] . . . Jesus is speaking of spiritual nourishment and He stated that His nourishment (food, meat) comes from doing the will of God, who sent Him, and from finishing the work He was sent to do. Jesus did finish God’s work on Earth (John 17:4).
Spiritual nourishment includes more than Bible study, prayer, and attending church. Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God’s will and reaching out to lost souls around us with the Gospel of salvation. Believers are nourished NOT only by what we take in, but also by what we give out for God.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. [KJV] . . . As the Father loved Christ, who was most worthy, so too He loves us, who are not worthy. If we love Jesus, the Saviour, we should continue (abide) in our love to Him, and take every chance to show it. The joy of those who abide in Christ’s love is a continual feast. We are to show our love to Him by keeping His commandments. The Father’s love to Christ and us, and Christ’s love to us, should guide us to love each other. Jesus names LOVE only as a commandment to us; yet love includes many duties.
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. [KJV] . . . We MUST obey God or we are not children of God, for God is love! ALL the laws of God boil down to one word . . . LOVE!
JESUS is ZEALOUS
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? [KJV] . . . Jesus was aware that He was God’s Son at an early age. But even though He knew who His true Father was, He still obeyed His earthly parents. If Jesus, the Son of God obeyed His human parents, it just makes sense that we should honor ours too.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. [KJV] The first public work Jesus did was to drive the traders from the temple. The greedy priests and rulers made a market-place in its courts. Jesus considered the evil dealings in the temple as an insult to God, so He did not deal with them halfheartedly. He was consumed with righteous anger against such outrageous disrespect for God. Our “zeal” (enthusiasm, eagerness, fervor, passion) for God and His house should burn within us too. We should be ‘on fire’ for the Lord, for He hates someone who is lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16).
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. [KJV] . . . Who is Jesus? Jesus is Someone whom God blessed for evermore. Jesus tells us that here. Should we honor Him as we do the Father? YES! Absolutely!
1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. [KJV]. . . Does this say He is the Light of the world? and the Life of men? and that He is one with the Father? YES! Everything Jesus thought, did and said pleased God the Father, even when He claimed any honors for Himself (John 10:30,38; 14:10; 17:11). God the Father NEVER leaves Jesus’ side, and Jesus NEVER leaves the side of any of God’s children! Jesus is indeed extremely zealous of His brothers and sisters. He truly loves us! Praise God!
JESUS is LOWLY IN HEART
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [KJV] . . . We are indebted to Jesus for His revealing God the Father’s will and love to us. Our Saviour has invited ALL that labor and are heavily burdened under the bonds of sin, to come to Him. He is “lowly in heart” meaning He is meek, modest, quiet natured, and He never pretends.
Unbelievers burden themselves with fruitless cares of wealth, possessions, fame, honor and power; they labor only for gay and sensual pleasures; they are slaves of Satan and their own lusts. And all those who labor to establish their own righteousness also labor in vain. They will never see the gates of Heaven on their own!
But, the converted sinner is heavy-laden with guilt and terror by the sins they have committed. These will lowly Jesus grant “rest for their souls.” Christ invites ALL (red, yellow, black or white) to come to Him for this rest. Only He alone can give this invitation. We must believe in His love and power to help us, and we must seek Him in earnest prayer. All who come to Him will receive the marvelous rest Jesus promises, as a gift, and gain peace and comfort in their hearts. But, when we come to Him we must take His yoke, and submit to His authority. We must learn from Him, Him who is “lowly in heart.” He gladly accepts any and all willing servants, no matter how imperfect our services might be. This is the only way we can find rest for our souls, Jesus alone! We need never fear His yoke. His commandments are holy, just and good. His “yoke” requires our self-denial, and may open us to difficulties, but we will be abundantly repaid, even in this world, by the awesome inward peace and joy Jesus gives. His yoke is lined with love. His power assists us, we are encouraged by His Presence, and the comfort we feel cannot be matched. It is a yoke of great pleasantness. The way of willing duty is the way of rest. Let us come to our “lowly” Saviour daily, for deliverance from God’s wrath and guilt, from sin and Satan, and from ALL our cares, fears, and sorrows.
JESUS is MERCIFUL
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. [KJV] When Jesus remembers His own sorrows and temptations, He has mercy on us and is ready to help us. He is ready and willing to help those who are tempted, IF we seek His assistance. He became Man, and was tempted, that He might be, in every way qualified to assist His people, for He Himself passed through the very same temptations, but didn’t give in to sin. When we are tempted and afflicted, we should not despair, nor give in to Satan. Never has a soul ever perished under temptation, IF they cried to the Lord for assistance! We must have faith and expect relief; for temptations will come, and we will give in, without His help!
JESUS is BENEVOLENT
Matthew 4:23-24 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. [KJV] . . . Jesus ministry was teaching, preaching and healing. Teaching shows Jesus’ concern for understanding; preaching shows His concern for commitment; and healing shows His concern for wholeness. All that Jesus ever did showed His generous and unselfish nature. His miracles of healing simply confirmed His teaching and preaching, proving that He truly was from God.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ perfect life as a servant, His death on the cross and His resurrection, was directly witnessed by many. Jesus went about “doing good and healing.” He truly cared about people, then and now! When He saw the physically crippled, He healed them. When He saw them oppressed by the devil, He healed them. When He saw their souls burdened with sin, He forgave them. Jesus can and does heal . . . both bodies and souls!
JESUS was SELF-DENYING
Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. [KJV] . . . While Jesus walked the Earth as Man, He was still God. What does God own? EVERYTHING! Yet as a Man, Jesus did NOT live in luxury, but quite the opposite! He didn’t even have a home to call His own. I’m sure there were times He was so self-denying, to the point of actually being miserable. If then, Jesus denied things for Himself, in order to be an example for us, should we not also be self denying? Jesus put God and His work first, always! Let us imitate Jesus.
Following Jesus may not always be easy or comfortable. There may be cost and sacrifice, with no earthly rewards or security. Following Christ may cost you popularity, friendships, leisure time, or treasured habits. The cost of following Christ may be high, but the value of being Jesus’ disciple is much higher. Discipleship is an investment that lasts for eternity and yields incredible rewards. A thought to consider: Every disciple is a believer, but, NOT every believer is a disciple. Are you a true follower of Jesus? Are you His disciple?
2 Cor. 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. [KJV] . . . HOW did Jesus become poor? By giving up His rights as God and becoming human. In the process of His incarnation God voluntarily became man . . . the completely human Person, Jesus of Nazareth. And as a Man, Jesus was subject to place, time and all other human limitations. Jesus did not give up His eternal power when He became human, but He did set aside His glory and His rights. He did NOT have to leave the glory and safety of His Heavenly Home, BUT He did! In response to the Father’s will and plan, Jesus limited His power and knowledge for a period of time. Christ became “poor” when He became a Man, simply because He willingly set aside so much. But by doing so, he made us “rich” because we received salvation and eternal life. Thank You Jesus!
JESUS is RESIGNED
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. [KJV] . . . Was Jesus really trying to get out of His mission? We are never wrong when we express our true feelings to God. Jesus was a Man. Here, He revealed His absolute dread of what was about to take place. Being God, along with being Man, He KNEW ahead of time, exactly what would transpire. But, He also reaffirmed His commitment to do what God had sent Him to do. The “cup” He spoke of meant the terrible agony He knew He would have to endure; not only the horror of the crucifixion but much worse, the total separation from God that He would have to experience in order to die for the world’s sins. Jesus was absolutely 100% agreeable (resigned) to complete the task He was sent to do.
JESUS is FORGIVING
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. [KJV] . . . Jesus was in the depth of agony and disgrace; innocent, and being put to death on the horrendous cross. Yet what does He do? Jesus asked God to forgive the very ones who were putting Him to death; Jewish leaders, Roman politicians and soldiers, bystanders, (and what about me and you?) He died for OUR sins as well as theirs!
Did God answer that prayer? YES! God opened up the way of salvation to ALL sinners, even to Jesus’ murderers! The Roman centurion who witnessed the crucifixion said, “Surely He was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).
Because we all are sinners, we all played a part in putting Jesus to death. The Gospel (the Good News) is that God is gracious. He will forgive us and give us new life through His Son, IF we just believe and accept Jesus into our heart and life. It was the custom of Roman soldiers to divide up the clothing of executed criminals among themselves. When they cast lots for Jesus’ clothes, they fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18.
JESUS was SUBJECT to HIS PARENTS
Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. [KJV] . . . Even though Jesus was the unique Son of God, yet He was subject to His earthly parents; how then will the foolish and weak sons of men answer who are disobedient to their parents?
FRUITS of the SPIRIT ARE
CHARACTERISTICS of JESUS
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [KJV]
JESUS is LOVE
The fruits of the Spirit are mankind’s renewed nature, so in effect, they all are the characteristics of Jesus. Let’s start with LOVE! God is love (1 John 4:7-8), and Jesus is God, so He indeed is love! NO one, anywhere, at any time, has loved like GOD! God the Father loved us, in that He sent His Son (John 3:16), and Jesus loved us, in that He came! He did NOT have to come, but He willingly left Heaven’s glory and safety and came to Earth . . . to DIE for us, so that we could LIVE eternally! Is that love or what! NO one can match that love! NO one! They can’t even come close! JESUS is LOVE! So IF we profess to be Christians (followers of Christ) we must show love too, or we are not TRUE Christians. Will we display all loving words, deeds and attitudes as we live our lives? Sad to say, NO! When we are saved, it is our soul that is saved, not our body of flesh; that will still continue to sin. Being a faithful disciple of Christ is a constant struggle. Our “new self” and our old nature keeps batting heads. The apostle Paul, a true man of God had trouble, so it can be expected that we all will too, as long as we are in this body of flesh (Romans 7:14-25).
JESUS is JOY
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, [KJV] . . . JOY is the second fruit. Most people think of joy as being glad or happy. It is SO much more.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. [KJV] . . . True joy surpasses gladness, happiness or blissfulness. Jesus’ joy came from a consistent relationship with God the Father. Ours comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus. When our lives intertwine with His, He helps us walk through troubles without our sinking into despairing lows. The joy of living with Jesus daily keeps us on an even keel, no matter how high or low our circumstances may take us. Joy is with us, even in deepest sorrow. Joy is knowing what eternity will bring, and that is a mansion that awaits us in Heaven.
JESUS is PEACE
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, [KJV] . . . What is peace? It is absence of mental conflict; it is an undisturbed state of mind; it is a calmness in your soul; it is tranquillity and serenity. It is knowing everything will be all right. Our Lord Jesus had peace! WHY?? Because He trusted in God the Father in ALL He thought and did and said. He turned it all over to His Father in Heaven, and as a Man in this topsy-turvey world, Jesus had peace in His life, even to His death.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [KJV] . . . Jesus tells us here that He was giving us a gift . . . peace of mind and heart. The peace that Jesus gives us isn't anything like the so-called peace in the world. The result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace that goes deep into our very soul. Worldly peace is usually considered to be simply absence of conflict; but peace from Jesus is confident assurance in any circumstance; with His peace, we don’t have to fear the here and now, or the future (eternity). Is your life full of stress and turmoil? Are you considering seeing a ‘shrink’? Jesus is the only doctor you need! He can make you well, better than you have ever been! Simply allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace (Phil. 4:6-7). Can you even begin to imagine . . . never being anxious about anything! It seems impossible! But it’s not! For we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But, IF we would just have faith and trust Jesus, and turn our worries into prayers, we would worry less and have that amazing PEACE that only Jesus can give us. Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. [KJV] . . . Jesus said: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” Here on Earth we will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because Jesus has overcome the world. Go to Him any time you have any problem and He will give you His peace that NO one can ever take away from you.
JESUS is PATIENT
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, [KJV] . . . Patience is forbearance, fortitude, moral strength, longsuffering, hanging in there, perseverence.
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. [KJV] . . . Here, the Sinless Servant of the Lord offers Himself for our sins. He is the Lamb (Isaiah 53:7) offered for the sins of all people (John 1:29; Rev. 5:6-14). The Messiah patiently suffered for our sakes, bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God the Father. How can we reply to such tremendous love? How will we respond to Him? Our sins were the thorns in Christ’s head, the nails in His hands and feet, the spear in His side. He was delivered to death for our offenses. By His sufferings He redeemed our souls; making us ashamed of our evil doings, which are like cancers to our souls.
Matthew 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ patient silence fulfilled the words of the prophet (Isaiah 53:7) the verse above. Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t try to defend Himself, but Jesus never opened His mouth. Pilate knew of the obvious plot against Jesus, knew He was innocent, and wanted to let Him go, but Pilate was under pressure from Rome to keep peace in his territory. The last thing he wanted was a riotous rebellion because of this patiently quiet and seemingly insignificant Man.
JESUS is GENTLE
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, [KJV]
Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. [KJV] . . . Jesus is often pictured as a shepherd, gently caring for and guiding His flock. He is so powerful, yet so careful and gentle. He is called a Shepherd (Psalm 23); the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14); the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20); and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).
Christ is an excellent Shepherd; showing tender and gentle care for young converts, weak believers, and those with a sorrowful spirit. May we know our Shepherd’s voice, and follow Him, proving ourselves to be the sheep of His fold.
Gentleness is really overlooked as a personal character trait in our society. Today, it is power and self-reliance that most people desire. But our precious Jesus was certainly gentle and mild mannered. Gentleness is really love in action; being considerate, concerned, trying to help others, allowing time for the other person to talk, and being willing to listen and learn.
Gentleness truly is an essential character trait for both men and women who are Christians. We should always uphold a gentle attitude in our relationships with others. Gentleness is: not being rough, not being violent and not being harsh in words or deeds. It is being kind, calm and serene.
JESUS is FAITHFUL
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [KJV]
Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. [KJV] . . . Long before Jesus, the Servant, (Messiah) was born, God had chosen Him to bring the light of the Gospel (the message of salvation) to the world (Acts 13:47). Christ offered salvation to all nations, and His apostles began the missionary movement to take this Gospel to the ends of the Earth (Matthew 28:18-20). This verse says that Jesus is faithful, and the Bible proves without a doubt that He was and still is!
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. [KJV] . . . We are guaranteed that God will consider us “blameless” when Christ returns (Ephes. 1:7-10). This guarantee is not because of our great gifts or our good works, but because of what Faithful Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection. Any and all who believe in the Lord Jesus (John 1:12-13; 1 John 5:10-12) will be considered blameless when Jesus Christ returns (1 Thes. 3:13; Hebrews 9:28). If you have faith in Christ, even if it is weak faith, you are and will be saved. God is faithful and His only begotten Son is faithful too!
JESUS is MEEK
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, [KJV]
2 Cor. 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: [KJV] . . . The apostle Paul states here that Jesus was meek and gentle.
Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. [KJV] . . . Jesus did not come to Earth to live in luxury in a big fancy home and have people wait on Him hand and foot. On the contrary, He came to serve and to give His life for many (ALL who will turn to Him). He was meek (humble).
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [KJV] . . . Jesus had a very humble nature, willing to give up His rights that He might obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we too should have a servant’s attitude, serving God and others out of love. If we serve out of guilt or fear, and not willingly in love, we are serving for the wrong reasons. We can choose our attitude for service. We can expect to be served, or we can look for ways to serve others, like Jesus did.
Most businesses or organizations measure greatness in people by their high personal achievement. But, with Christ and His Kingdom, SERVICE is the way to get ahead. If you desperately desire to be on top, this will hamper you, not help you. We should not always be thinking “me, me” but instead look for ways that you can minister to the needs of others.
JESUS has SELF-CONTROL
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [KJV] . . . Temperance is moderation or restraint. It is restraining oneself in conduct, speech, and appetites. It is simply self-control. God sent the law and also sent the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a perfect Spirit-filled life while He was on Earth. His life was in perfect harmony with God the Father and His laws.
For us, the results of a Spirit-filled life are in perfect agreement with the purpose of God’s will and His law. Anyone who exhibits the fruits of the Spirit fulfills the law so much better than a person who simply keeps the ceremonies and rituals but has little or no love in their heart.
Ephes. 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) [KJV] . . . Goodness, righteousness and truth stood out in Jesus’ life. Jesus is the Light! When He ascended to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, teach, encourage, and help us live a life that is pleasing to God. ALL believers have Light within them (Romans 8:9); and this Light within us produces a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth.
Cautions against sins.
Ephesians 5:3-14 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. [KJV]
There should be NO sexual immorality, NO impurity, NO greed among believers. Such sins have NO place among God's people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and dirty jokes should never come from our mouths. Instead, we should be grateful and thankful to God. The Bible clearly states that NO immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. WHY? A greedy person is really nothing but an idolater who worships the things of this world and not God. Do not be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible wrath of God will come upon ALL those who disobey Him. Believers should NEVER participate in the things these people do. Stay away from them! For even though our hearts were once full of darkness, we now are full of Light from the Lord, and our words and actions should show it! For this Light within us produces only what is good and right and true.
Study the Bible and try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take NO part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, condemn and expose them. It is shameful for us to even talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But when the Light of Jesus shines on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are. And your shining light will expose their evil deeds.
Any and all filthy lusts must be rooted out. These sins must be detested. So many today make light of the horrible evils that surrounds us. These things are never profitable, instead they pollute and poison those who do them. Covetous people make money their god. They place all their hope, confidence, and delight, in worldly riches, possessions, power and fame. This should be reserved for Almighty God alone! Those who lust after the flesh or the love of the world, CANNOT belong not to the Kingdom of God. BUT, when even the vilest transgressors repent and believe the Gospel, they then become children of obedience, and God’s wrath is turned away from them.
Should we dare make light of anything that brings down the wrath of God? Sinners are people groping in the dark. They don’t have any idea where they are going. The Bible plainly tells where they are going! And that is Hell!
We must NEVER share with others in their sins, or we will share in their trouble. If we do not condemn the sins of others, we agree with them. We must not be ashamed to speak out against what is wrong. We must see that sin is sin, also see it as a breaking God’s holy law.
We should pray for those who are asleep and dead in sin, to awake and arise, so that Christ may give them Light. God’s amazing grace can bring a mighty change (a miracle) in the souls of those who turn away from their sins and to Jesus! They too can walk as children of Light, can have knowledge and holiness and live a life that is pleasing to God. They too can have assurance that all those who belong to God will live eternally in Heaven, in the “mansion” Jesus has promised!
All believers must strive for the character traits that Jesus has. We must imitate Him in all things. When we do this, HE will help us live a right and good life, one that is pleasing to God.
BELIEF IS A MIRACLE
Belief can be a miracle, true,
A miracle, that can happen to you.
It can change your life spectacularly,
Belief gives you life, eternally!
Believing God can erase all sins,
A miracle; that with faith, begins!
We are justified, by Christ’s precious Blood,
‘Not Guilty’ in Heav’n, by this wondrous Flood!
Belief; a miracle, that sanctifies,
By trusting His Word, that never lies!
Set apart to serve our awesome Lord,
Spreading the Gospel set forth in His Word!
Belief; a miracle, that gives a new heart,
A ‘new’ creature, with a brand new start.
Children of God, and with Christ joint heirs,
One day the bliss of Heav’n with God we’ll share.
Believing is a miracle; true,
This miracle can happen to you!
Receiving Jesus makes you God’s child,
From Hell, you will always be exiled!
Salvation is a ‘Gift’ God gives to you,
A miracle; reserved for a ‘few’.
But most, by unbelief walk away,
From the greatest miracle to come our way!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer July 7,1998 # 481
Jn.1:12-13; 3:15-18; Ro.5:1-10; 6:4; 7:6; 8:14,17; Jn.17:17; 1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:17; 6:18; Ep.4:24; 5:26; Tit.3:7; 1 P.1:2; Heb.13:12; Eze.11:19; 1 Jn.3:1
To dishonor Christ, is worse than death,
Let me think of this, as I take each breath.
I pray His Name I’ll never disgrace,
Or His precious Sacrifice, ever debase.
I pray I’ll never disgrace His Name,
And that I never, bring Jesus shame.
Let me not be ashamed of my King,
I want not any, reproach to bring.
I pray I’ll never my Saviour deny,
That would be worse than if I would die.
Let me not discourage others, I pray,
But make Jesus proud, each and ev’ry day.
To dishonor Christ is an awful sin,
With God the Father, you cannot win.
Let me never use His Name in vain,
I pray I never bring my Saviour shame.
Let me never dishonor my Lord,
I should walk with Him in willing accord.
I pray for wisdom to live in His Light,
Dishonoring Christ, is a fearful plight.
To dishonor Christ, will judgment bring,
For God thinks, it’s a terrible thing.
We should never bring our Saviour shame,
Instead we should honor and praise His Name.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Feb. 3, 2001 # 774
I’M NOT ALONE
When I awake in the morn’s soft light,
I’m not alone, no matter the plight.
My Lord is there, so close by my side,
He’ll not forsake, but instead, abide.
As the day progresses, come what may,
I’m not alone, a minute of the day.
My Lord is there, gentle and so near,
He’ll never leave; I’ve nothing to fear.
The sun starts to lower in the sky,
I’m not alone, if things go awry.
My Lord is there, with power and love,
To encourage and strengthen from above.
The stars and moon appear in the night,
I’m not alone, ne’er out of His sight.
My Lord is there, for me, and for you,
So willing and loving, and so true.
I’m not alone, not at any time,
My Lord is there, with His love so fine.
Not even one day could I get thru’,
Without Jesus’ help, how about you?
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Jan.23,1997 # 291
(Ex.33:14; Is.43:2; 54:10; Mt.28:20; Jn.14:18; 15:4-7)
All the wonderful character traits of Jesus make it a tremendous blessing to know Him and to have this awesome One watch over us. One day soon, He will come in the clouds and take ALL believers Home to Heaven, to be with Him always.
Books You Should Read
Amazing Grace of God, The
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Believe, What does it Mean to Believe?
But I Say To You
Characteristics of Christ
Christ Is The DOOR
Come Unto Me
Crucial and Important Doctrines in Romans
Do You Want To Go To Heaven?
Eternal Security . . . Once Saved, Always Saved!
Faith in the Bible
God's Kind of Love
God's Will, What Is It?
God Controls His Creation
Heaven vs Hell
Hungering and Thirsting for God
Living With ETERNITY in Mind
Our Awesome Triune God
Parables of Jesus
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust
Privileges of Believers
Security of Believers
Sin and Forgiveness
Sovereignty of God
The Great Tribulation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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