“In light of our fallen nature, we cannot model the moral perfection, holiness, and righteousness of Christ, but by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit we do assimilate the life-pattern of Christ. At the heart of this life of assimilation is the cross and resurrection of Christ. As the church of Jesus Christ, we are called to live as pilgrims in this world taking up our own cross—a life of suffering (it is impossible to carry Christ’s cross). As we assimilate the life of the cross, God exalts His beloved servants. The Christian life is one of humiliation to exaltation, just as the life of our Savior is one of humiliation to exaltation. This activity is a work of God’s sovereign grace through the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Within the dynamic of God’s work, the believer now lives as an example of Christ’s work.” (William D. Dennison, Ph.D)

The Life-Pattern of Christ

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