"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~Spirit-guided Paul

"if a person is trying to behave like the first-century Holy Spirit guided apostles; we need to call out such people."

I was surprised when I read this statement expressed a couple of years ago.  The truth is, however, we are all, each & every Christian of all centuries, called out by the Word of God to behave like the first-century, Holy Spirit-guided apostles.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." ~ Paul
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1 Corinthians 11:1
"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." ~ Paul 
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This is Scripture enough to justify anybody, anywhere imitating the example of the Apostle Paul:  from his miraculous calling to be an apostle of Christ (completely independent of the other 12 Apostles' direct ministry & without their ever laying hands upon him) to follow every example of Paul's way of life that followed.  Anyone who does so has the full approval of God via His everlasting Word - Jesus & the Bible.

 

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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From blasphemous persecutor to Apostle to the Gentiles: Paul is an example to Christians of all centuries of what Christ's mercy is ready to do to call any one of us out of darkness and into ministry - ministry like that of Paul & Jesus.  Again, it should never be forgotten that Saul of Tarsus was called to become Paul the Apostle without any direct ministry -no laying of of hands- by the other Apostles Peter, James, John, etc.  Paul was called directly by Christ - and that is a biblical example for any one of us who come later, too.   Paul was simply following the heavenly calling and everlasting example of Christ, layed down for everlasting generations of Christians to come follow:

 

John 14:10-18
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the (miraculous) works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the (miraculous) works themselves.
12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the (miraculous) works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
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Jesus never said there was a time-limit on believing in Him and doing the works that Jesus did.
Jesus said the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) would abide with His followers forever. Jesus never said the Holy Spirit would ever be taken away from the Christian Community of Believers.
If the Holy Spirit is not in a man today, that man is not saved. Such a man is not a Christian, he is not a child of God.  And if the Holy Spirit dwells in a man, that man is being called upon to be led by the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) and thereby become a son of God (like Christ).

 

Romans 8:9-14
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
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Matthew 28:18-20 
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
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Jesus commanded His eleven remaining disciples to "teach others to observe all things that He commanded" them to do.  This very commandment was also among those things that those eleven discples were to pass on.  Those that were so discipled by the eleven would, in turn, be so charged to t"each others to observe all things He commanded them (the original eleven)" and so on, all the way down to us and the countless generations to come.  There is no getting around it:  All generations of Christians are commanded to obey all things Jesus taught that first group of eleven disciples.  Jesus taught them to be led by the Holy Spirit who abides forever.  And we must follow their example. 

 

Matthew 10:40 & Mark 9:37 & John 13:20
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
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John 3:34
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God
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1 John 4:6
We are of God. He who knows God hears us
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And this is love, that we walk after Christ's commandments ~2 John 6