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D.A. Carson – Imitation and Discipleship

7 Aug

Whether one acknowledges it or not, a great deal of what we learn comes by imitating someone else. For that reason Paul does not hesitate to tell his converts to imitate him, inasmuch as he imitates Christ (1 Cor. 4: 16; 11: 1; 1 Thess. 1: 6; cf. Eph. 5: 1; 1 Thess. 2: 14; Heb. 6: 12). Close to the heart of the business of discipling another in the Christian faith is the self-discipline of serving as a model to the apprentice. Actions do not necessarily speak more loudly than words; but they usually do. In 2 Corinthians 10–13 we can see at a distance of nearly two thousand years, not only what Paul taught, but also how he lived; and his example still helps thoughtful Christians to live in greater conformity to the supreme pattern, the Lord Jesus himself.

~D. A. Carson~


A Model of Christian Maturity (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Book House Company; 2007) Chapter 1: Orientation to 2 Corinthians 10-13.

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