God’s Call to Be Like Jesus


By David W. Kendall

In God’s Call to Be Like Jesus, David Kendall shows the critical connections between holiness and God’s holy love embodied in Jesus and expressed through His followers.  Indeed, how … From Abraham onward, God has called His people to belong to Him first and foremost, and thus to live in relation to one another unlike other peoples, precisely because they belong to a God who is unlike all other gods and powers in the world. As a holy people, they enter into the radiance of God’s character and thus become participants in the redemption of God’s world. As a holy people, they commit to being God’s “nation,” composed, organized and governed as no other nation on earth is governed. As a holy people, they live and serve as citizens of the eternal Kingdom of God, which was and is revealed fully in the person of Jesus — His preaching, teachings, real-life responses to God, self, and others. As a holy people, they live and serve God and others on the basis of Jesus’ suffering, sacrifice, and resurrection which defeats the power of evil, sin and death. And, as a holy people, they live this way — like Jesus— as they are empowered by the Spirit of Holiness to be God’s agents of restoration and renewal in the world.

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