READ: “For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you” Jn 13.15.

THINK: Jesus offers himself as an example of humility and service to be imitated by his disciples. In many aspects, he and the Father ought to be imitated, Ex 12.42; Mt 5.48; Mk 10.38-39; Col 3.13; Eph 5.1; Phil 2.5ff; 1 Pet 2.21-23. To do this, it is necessary to know the Bible, know how they acted, and conduct oneself according to their example. The one who imitates Jesus becomes an example to others, 1 Cor 11.1; 1 Thes 1.6-7, and puts himself forward as such, Phil 3.17; 1 Tim 4.12; 1 Pet 5.3. Continue reading

READ: “Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires” Rom 13.14.

THINK: We clothe the body to cover its nakedness, and we clothe ourselves, figuratively speaking, with Christ’s spirit. It is “to be characterized by the named quality or attribute” (S.K. Williams, Galatians, 105), a common figure in the OT, Psa 93.1; Prov 31.25; Isa 52.1. In the NT, the language belongs to Paul, Rom 13.12; Eph 4.24; Col 3.12, 14, similar to the expression of “wearing the shirt” of a sports team. We assume the attitudes of home to whom we have been united, Gal 3.27. Continue reading

READ: “But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head” Eph 4.15.

THINK: The neologism above expresses the Greek verb alētheuō, for which English has no corresponding term. It means speaking the truth, Gal 4.16, and “remaining attached to the truth (of the gospel), holding fast to it, … being of the truth, loving it, professing it, carrying it out; in other words, conforming one’s conduct to it” (Spicq). Continue reading