Many of us have heard the expression, “What would Jesus do?”
The true Christian faith is the imitation of Christ. In fact, the original meaning of the word Christian is “little Christ.” The true path of following Christ is simply to imitate Him, to become like Him, to be transformed into His image, as we were created to be.
Our desire to imitate Christ is the completion of God’s desire that was expressed in the beginning of creation, “let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). God predestined us “to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
Jesus Himself became The Way, the example of the faith for His disciples, as the Apostle Paul wrote: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1).
As disciples of Jesus, we follow only the example of Christ, and not the teaching of any church, or person. We have only one teacher, who is Jesus Christ.
The elementary teachings of The Way are the teachings of salvation; the Way to the Father, and these we find listed for us in Hebrews 6:1 and 2.
“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms (washings ), the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” NIV.
We are going to begin with these elementary teachings, and in the final section we will discuss maturity in Christ.