As a teenager I had a friend, Tim D. Hall. We constantly encouraged each other in Christ and The Fire of The Holy Spirit was infections.
When the first Spiderman movie came out (it must have been some time in the 80’s) Tim said, “Dude have you ever thought about how Spiderman is like when you become a Christian?” I couldn’t wait to hear his analogy. He explained,
Like Peter Parker (the fictional character who became spiderman)…He became like a spider after bit by one. So also We take on ways of the world as we continue to live in it. BUT If WE take a bite of what God has for us (TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD Psalm 34:8) and accept Christ, His Holy Spirit, in our lives, HE renews us, we become born again and we take on the nature of Christ.
Think again about Spiderman–Peter Parker gets bit by a spider and takes on traits of a spider.
We are effected by things that bit us. Again, If we take a bite out of what God has to offer us, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” and let The Holy Spirit take a bite of us, we’ll take on His characteristics.
We can become more and more like Christ but we have to feed our Spirit thing Jesus fed His.
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4). Jesus is the bread of life ( Jn. 6:33,35,51). We need to have Communion with Him (Jn. 6:51-58). Not just go to a communion service but daily, regularly drink Him in & devour all He offers and all He is.
Mt. 7:21 says that we must “know” Him.
Rev. 3:20 (he stands at door and knocks)…He wants to come in and dine with you & you with Him.
Hebrews 10:11-14 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Christ) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:11-14 NIV)
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I want to thank that long time friend, Tim D. Hall for staying in Christ and continuing to encourage me to this day.