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God – our Role Model
THEREFORE the Lord Jesus Christ instructed US:
You therefore must be perfect (τέλειος/complete), AS your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48.
 
God did not "rest" on the seventh day because He was tired, but as the Example for us all to follow as being our Role Model!
1. 
In Genesis (1:2–2:3), God is presented to us in the holy text as the human role-model
for we are made in His "image" to act on His behalf,
thereforeGod rested on the seventh day, as our role-model (Exodus 20:8-11).
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy [separate].
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath ...On it you shall not do any work ...
FOR in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy
[set apart/distinct]."
2. 
Accordingly, the Bible is not written to tell us about history. It is written to tell us about God, so as to make it as easy as possible to have an appropriate faith/trust/confidence in Him so as to act accordingly on His behalf.
3. 
The ultimate practical revelation of God as our role-model was demonstrated in the personal behaviour of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the foundation of the Eternal/New Covenant with God in which all true Christians participate today.
The wide-spread distraction
of how long
the Days of Creation were
is a damaging deviation
from this central truth,
for the Infinite One
did not need ANY
time to create
and nor
does He tire
and need to rest!
A study of the personal behaviour of the Lord Jesus Christ therefore helps us to understand the standard of behaviour
which we are meant to demonstrate today in our revelation of God as being in His "image".
For this very reason the Spirit of God was given to God's people, so that, on the basis of Christ's judicial Atonement, they might be enabled to 'walk in Christ's shoes'.
 
Accordingly, as in the original creation-statements in the beginning, when the Spirit of God implemented the authoritative statements of God (Genesis One), Jesus demonstrated the same as a man in addressing the wind and the waves in Galilee and in speaking to the fig tree on the road to Jerusalem. This is why, in the Galilee incident, when they woke Him in their boat as it was filling with water in the storm, He first rebuked their attitude before He addressed the problem (Matthew 8:26).
 
Consider just
some of the emotions which the Lord Jesus displayed, and are recorded to help us understand Him –
 
“And He looked around at them [in the synagogue] with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man –
‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.” (Mark 3:5).
 
Jesus said: “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (John 11:14-15).
“And He said, 'Where have you laid him? [Lazarus]' They said to him, 'Lord, come and see'. Jesus wept.” (John 11:34-35). See:
The Empathy of God
“And behold, a leper [an untouchable] came to Him and knelt before Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You will, You can make me clean’. And Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the [thanksgiving] gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them [that God heals]’.” (Matthew 8:2-4).
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers’. And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” (Matthew 21:12-14).  
“And when He drew near [on the donkey] and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your [Israel's] eyes’.” (Luke 19:41-42).
Christ's "this day" was the completion of the first half of Daniel's prophesied last seven years (Daniel 9:27), which had begun with Christ's baptism. As a consequence of
the rejection of Christ these seven years are split, leaving the remaining 3½ to be fulfilled during the time of the Antichrist whom Christ destroys in His coming (Revelation 12:6, 14).
These
emotions, which Jesus demonstrated in His behaviour, arose from a core inner attitude (a central focused alignment of His will) as Jesus Himself publicly emphasised.
“Jesus answered –
‘The most important
[commandment] is, Hear, O Israel:
The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
[life] and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall LOVE your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31).
This is not
'religious' conduct!
This is inner core attitude!
Jesus said: "...I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven.
For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:44.
Then,
to His own disciples He went even further –
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35
 
John, who was present, later explains the newness of this new commandment as –
"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers."
1 John 3:16.
So, God
our Role-Model is truly our example in this –
“For God so loved the world [κόσμος/kosmos], that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes
[trusts] in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16
Please note: this same word κόσμος'/'kosmos is used again in this same Gospel to refer to those opposed to God, so therefore this John 3:16 quote,
of the price-paid, cannot be limited to an 'Elect', as some Calvinistic/Reformed Christians (unknowingly folowing Augustine's Platonic view) have claimed.
Therefore – let us love vigorously, beyond the boundaries – without fear,
as God loves;
as our Lord Jesus demonstrated in different situations for us;
which the Holy Spirit recorded in Holy Scripture for our instruction, and who is Himself therefore with us now so to do!
Remember,
Jesus prayed thus to God for us all who follow Him –
 
To have
the SAME relationship to God
through the Holy Spirit as
He had during His life on earth
to continue His ministry to all!
The glory that You have given Me I have given to them,
that they may be one even as We are one,
I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one
[in unity],
SO THAT the world
[κόσμος] may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.”
John 17:22-23


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