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Bonhoeffer said, "The follower of Jesus is the imitator of God". So the rejecter of Jesus is the mocker of God. But in Christ enemies become friends, and mockers imitators. That's good, transformational news that comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, revealed in Scripture alone, for God's glory alone. I've been reading a lot about a group people don't focus on much because when it comes to Jesus' opponents the Pharisees hog all the attention. Who? The Sadducees, who also questioned Jesus' authority. Mockers, rejecters, enemies. How did they get so off base? They did not believe God's Word or recognize His power. Not many professing believers would blatantly deny Scripture or God's power, but in the struggles of daily life it is easy to lose sight of truth and doubt God's power. The quandary remains day by day, and often builds. We need to know what it really means to know the Scriptures and the power of God so that we might follow Christ as imitators of God. When we do that, then we really live. The Scriptures reveal the power of God and the God of power. The Gospel is God's power for salvation (Rom. 1:16). The Holy Spirit is the power of God for Christian living (Acts 1:8). The all-powerful God of the Bible silences all opponents. We must align ourselves with Him; yielding to His power, living by His power.

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