Summary: This sermon calls upon all believers to re-live the life of Christ.

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Text: 2nd Corinthians 4:5-11

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the

Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of

darkenss, hath shined in our hearts, to give the

light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the

face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that

the excellency of the power may be of God, and not

of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;

we are perplexed, but not in despair,

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not


Always bearing about in the body the dying of the

Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be

made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death

for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might

be made manifest in our mortal flesh.



This is an astounding passage of Scripture, for

it declares that we who are Christians are to be re-

living the life of Jesus over and over again in our

lives every day. It declares that God wants to

manifest(display, make clearly visible, exhibit-

Webster’s dictionary) the life of Christ in us to

the world.

Someone once called Christians "little Christs,"

and that is what we are called to be. God’s pur-

pose in saving us is not just to give us a fire

escape from Hell, but to use us as his instruments

to let Jesus be seen in us, so that others will

believe in Him, and trust Him as Savior.

Jesus lives again, and again, and again as believer

by believer is added to the family of God. I won-

der, how much of Jesus does the world see in us?

And, just what was the life of Jesus like? Let’s

think about it.



He Himself said that He did not come down from

Heaven to do His own will, but the will of the

Father who had sent Him. He was a man with a

mission, and He would not falter. He would see

to it that His mission was accomplished in this

world before He returned to the Father.

Jesus also claimed that He always said and did

those things that the Father told Him to say and

do. He was led of the Spirit, completely. He

received the Spirit without measure, unlike us.

He was always Spirit-filled. He never lived in

obedience to the flesh. He was tempted in all

ways that we are, yet without ever commiting sin.

Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice, they

know Him, and they follow Him. We must deny self,

take up the cross, and follow Him, or we cannot

be His disciple. This old idea of "easy believeism"

just won’t cut it. God doesn’t accept those

who do not surrender to His will. A person can

sign all the decision cards they want to, they can

go to every conference, and attend every Bible

study, they can be baptized a thousdand times, and

join every church in the country, but they won’t

be saved, until Christ becomes their Lord.

We are to walk in His steps. We are to seek to

imitate Him in all we say and do. (1st Peter 2:21)

As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are

the sons of God.

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