Being an Apprentice

Jason B. Hood in his book, Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern, gives a description of being an apprentice that easily describes why I use the blog name “Apprentice2Jesus.”

“As apprentices, disciples follow an expert and absorb their master’s mindsets and practices until they become capable on their own. Jesus’ disciples do not graduate from apprenticeship to perfection this side of death, and Jesus never leaves the disciples without his presence. But Jesus works to make his apprentices like their master, not least so that they will be capable of making other apprentices.”

Imitating the Character of God

“God’s image require far more than the imitation of God’s rule; it requires that in all things we reflect the holiness by which he does all things. Christians who focus on the imitation of the love of Jesus may need to coordinate that imitation with the pursuit of holiness and purity.” — Jason B. Hood, Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern. 

Worship and the Image of God

As I work my way through Jason B. Hood’s book, Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern, I am continually struck by his boldness in the view of humanity. We are created in the image of God and that means something. I grew up with “worm theology.”

That old gospel song, “At the Cross,” had the line:

“Would he devote that sacred head
for such a worm as I?”

We are created for more than that, and Hood shows no trepidation in this area.

He gives a great definition of worship in the context of humanity working as the image of God:

Our godlike capacities turn demonic and anti-human unless they are constrained by humility. There is no better antidote for pride than remembering that we are not gods but images and servant-priests in the service of the one true God. These vocations show us that we must glorify God, living before him in constant service in his world and dependence on his provision. there is a comprehensive term for such activity: worship. 

We have amazing capacities as humans. It often leads us to horrible trouble because we won’t submit to God. We live in humility, living out our call as servant-priests, knowing we are flawed, but his glory WILL shine through.

 

We are created to be idols of God

This dangerous thought comes via Jason Hood in a book I am working through right now called Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern.

Some quick thoughts:

When God created humanity, he made us to e his image-bearing idols. (Elsewhere in the Old Testament the word that is here translated “image” (Ex. 20) usually refers to idols that represent gods or kings.)… God makes image-bearers who reflect his glory.

And this passage:

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen. 1:26-28, NIV)

Hood has this thought:

Every aspect of human identity, destiny and mission finds its genesis here in the Bible’s opening chapter: humans are God’s royal representatives, imaging the one true God as rule over the world he created.

Powerful stuff. I am challenged by his writing already!