Discipleship Ephesians

Imitators of God


“So be imitators of God, as beloved children” Ephesians 5:1

The apostle Paul was not intending to say the Christian should imitate God, as we use the word impersonate in contemporary language.

Impersonate 1. To mimic the voice, appearance, and manners of somebody else, especially in order to entertain. 2. To pretend to be somebody else, especially illegally in order to deceive. It is from the early 17th century Latin persona "mask worn by an actor, character."

Instead, the Apostle describes the proper motive for imitating God in the previous verse, “(And) be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” Eph 4:32. The Christian’s motive in godliness is appreciation for sins forgiven, as he says in the following verse, “and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma” 5:2.

As always, we see in 4:32 our identity is “in Christbecause only there we are forgiven, and loved as dear children. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery; by it, we glorify God!

About Joe Durso

I write a blog called Godly Increase to help people understand that life is not at all what it seems. The masses live as though there is no God, but apart from Him nothing else could exist. God not only created but also sustains our world, so that all what seems to be governed by the laws of physics are themselves controlled by the divine person who wrote a book to explain the meaning of life. The book is the Bible and it is the only source of truth on the planet. Within God's book secondary causes are articulated, but God is the primary cause of all things. Some may plant, others may water, but it is God that causes the growth.

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