Becoming Like Christ

Synopsis: Paul told the Ephesians that the purpose of the church is to help us come to a unity of the faith until we can measure up to the full stature Christ. However, with so many different Christian denominations teaching different doctrines how can we come to the correct knowledge of the Son of God? This article seeks to answer that question.

Paul told the Ephesians that the purpose of the church was to help us “all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). According to him the main function of the church is to bring us to a unity of the faith by bringing us to a correct knowledge of the Son of God, whereby we can learn to become “a perfect man” and thereby measure up to the full stature of Christ. In other words, the purpose of the church is to help us become perfect just like Christ is and it does this by giving us the correct knowledge of Christ.

Most Christian churches refer to this as us becoming Christ-like, however they are not united in teaching how we get to that state. The apostle John put it this way: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. “(1 John 3:2). Therefore, there are those who teach that in our present mortal state we can’t become like Christ but when Christ comes again or when we get to heaven we will be changed or transformed in the twinkling of an eye and suddenly “we shall be like him.”

There is a more common belief that as sinful creatures we are incapable of becoming like Christ on our own and that it is Christ, working through us, who changes us over time, whereby he puts in us a new heart that has no more desire to sin and makes us a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). They have a saying that goes “Let go and let God,” meaning that we need to let go of our old nature and simply let God go about changing us without fighting him. Under this idea of how to become