I made a comment to a previous post that said “I do not agree that our catholic nor individual purpose is to strive to be more like Christ…”
Someone asked me “but can we agree that we are told to strive to become like him?” and cited the following verses:
1 Peter 1:15-16
15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
These are good scriptures to start the discussion. The action verb in 1 peter is “BE” and the action verbs in the Ephesians passage are “put off” and “put on.”
Ephesians makes it sound more like a process (and I do agree that there is a process involved) with the putting off and putting on being a gradual thing (any Greek scholars can jump in here to provide more detail). The verse in Peter is quoted more often, I believe, where Peter said “BE” not “try to be” or “strive to be” but simply “BE Holy.”
What are our actions to be if we are “putting on/off” rather than a simple (one time) act of “put on/off”? How are we to be holy? What does this look like?
I have searched the scriptures (thanks Biblegateway) for the word strive – and it doesn’t really show up that often, and never in the context of Christian living. So where does the idea come from (in Scripture) that this is a process and not simply something we are doing or not doing? Why don’t we simply