Scriptures on Imitating Jesus

These verses speak to our imitation of Christ.  To imitate Jesus Christ is our greatest privilege in life.  Here are some verse to help us ponder this privilege of imitating Christ [emphasis and comments added]:

Matthew 10:25 “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!


Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

This is one of the 19 times in the four Gospels that Jesus says “Follow Me.”  To see them the rest, go to Bible and search the New American Standard Bible on “follow me”.


Luke 6:40 “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

If we are disciples of Jesus, then we should become like Jesus.


John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Jesus tells us, “Do as I say, and do as I do.”  Jesus does not ask us to do anything that He has not first done Himself.  He has given us the example of Himself…that we might follow it.


Acts 4:13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

How wonderful for Peter and John that others “began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”  Let us so live that people might begin to recognize us as having been with Jesus, too.  Let them see a similarity.


Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

God’s plan is that we be make to think and act like Jesus (“conformed to the image of His Son”).  In one sense, Jesus was a solo act, but in another, He was meant to be copied over and over again.


1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

Paul was imitating Christ, and he wanted others to follow along.


Ephesians 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,


Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.


Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Philippians 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


1 Peter1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”


1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,


1 John 2:4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
1 John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
1 John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.


1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.


1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

As He laid down His life, so we should lay down our lives.


1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

That is, if God loved us, we should imitate Him.


1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.

That is, we are imitating Him by showing to others the same love He has shown to us.

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Imitating Christ means imitating His virtues.  Therefore, consider also:  Practicing the Virtues of Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

3 Replies to “Scriptures on Imitating Jesus”

  1. Very encouraging verses for people like us who just believe but without deeds. These verses will certainly activate our heart,mind and the body work together in His name.
    Looking forward to your subsequent posts. God bless us

  2. Truely this scriptures is very powerful to teach Christ children to have the full knowledge ofChrist. Jesus bless you.

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