In Ephesians 5.1-2 Paul told us that we are to imitate God. Now Paul says to “imitate me.” Paul could not say that unless he was an imitator of God.
What does it mean to imitate God? It means to walk in love.
1 Cor. 13 tells us that love seeketh not its own. Love beareth all things. The marginal rendering is “covers closely all things” so that no-one can see or hear the unsightly scandal. And above all things, love never fails.
Sense knowledge has failed, but here is something that cannot fail. Children brought up in the atmosphere of the new kind of love never become criminals. You cannot find a criminal in any of our penal institutions today whose father and mother walked in this new kind of love before that child was born and in its early years; for this Jesus kind of love does not produce criminals. Hatred and selfishness produce criminals. Love produces beautiful people.
Ephesians 1.4, “Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before Him; in love having marked us ut for the position of sons through Jesus Christ to Himself.”
You see, the believer is a love creation. Away back before the foundations of the earth or heaven were laid, Love said “I will have a family.” And then Love said, “Whosoever will may come into that family. That is going to be a new kind of folk.”
God was unhappy over His first creation. so He brings in a new Creation created in His own Son.
The failure in Christianity is not the failure of the nature of God in man, but it is because man has substituted church organization for the New Creation.
Sense knowledge has gained the supremacy in the church, and Jesus is no longer Lord or Head of the Church. Worldly-minded men rule most of the churches.
2 Corinthians 2.17, “For we are not as many, corrupting the Word of God (or, as it reads in the margin, making merchandise of the Word of God).” That is preaching for a living, making money out of the Gospel.
Conybeare says, “For I seek not profit like most by setting the Word of God to sale (or by selling by retail), but I speak from a single heart, from the command of God, as in God’s presence, and in fellowship with Christ.”
It must be fully understood that the Ten Commandments were never given to the New Creation, and that the New Commandment was never given to natural men. This, if it were known, would save much confusion among those who are teaching the Law today.”
– E W Kenyon