To be a Christian means to follow Christ. Jesus is the one to follow as a Christian.
However, let’s not go so far as to say that our sole focus is to follow him, and live like him, and ignore what the Bible says about theology, religion, and opinions.
Let’s first look at the life of Christ.
He fulfilled the Law. That’s right. The old testament law, all of it. How can we live like him of we don’t know what the Law is? How can we know what the Law is if we don’t study it? This is where theology comes into play. It is still a requirement as a Christian. After all, if being a follower of Christ was easy, everyone would do it. Theology not required.
It’s one thing to be saved by Grace, going to heaven, and quite another to be a Christian. To be a Christian means to live like He did.. which means? Oh.. follow the Law.. but he did help with that too. He simplified the Law for us. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.
It is written also: “if you love me, keep my commandments.” The above is a simple version, but you have to get into your theology, your bible, and study the scriptures to understand just how much depth is in the two commandments of Jesus.
But let’s move to a different verse to make this pull together..
In Like 6:43 it states: For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither both a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Good theology is a requirement, biblical truth is necessary to live life in the way Jesus did. See, to live like Him, we need to fulfill the Law. We aren’t under the Law any more, but under Grace, but if we are going to make living like Him our all important goal, then we had best follow it, shouldn’t we?
Jesus states in the book of John, chapter 15:1-15
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 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. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Before I proceed, I want to touch upon something very simple.. so simple that most people can’t even wrap their minds around it, making it into a complex subject. The trinity. Yes, Jesus is separate from God the father. But he is also the same person as God the father, and God the holy spirit. Is it really so difficult to make that connection, when John 1 tells us that in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.. ? It goes on to tell us that the word became flesh.. so, the word is Jesus, and Jesus is God.
That covers the theology requirements of living this life of Jesus.
Did you know that Jesus was a preacher? He taught in the synagogues and temples often. He had a religion. He was a Jew. He followed the Law of Judaism to the letter, and he alone never sinned. See, everyone wants to go on a tangent of living like Jesus, following the way he did things, and make that their life. But what if I told you that was more involved than you think? Judaism is a religion of meditation, and sacrifice. It’s a religion that requires you to uphold all the Law. It was an integral part of his life, since almost all of the old testament was a prophecy that pointed to him, though many Jews will deny this truth. He was also a prophet. Given the power of the Holy Ghost, having it come upon him, that he would have signs and miracles follow him, to confirm his teachings were true. Judaism also had its own traditions, that we so often ignore. The feasts. I know very little about them, so I won’t go into detail on them.
There we have it, he was a man of religion.
Now, in dealing with people and their opinions, I’m just going to point out that heaven has room for God’s truth only, and not anyone’s personal opinions and preferences.
That’s all I have to say on the matter.
So, let’s all be thankful, for we live under Grace, that when we fail in keeping the Law, God forgives us again.