The most important models Paul urges his readers to imitate are those of himself, Christ, and God. He also directs his readers to the behavior of other individuals and occasionally reminds them of the example of other churches. There are also exhortations that his readers become "models" for others to imitate. Questions have been asked regarding the motivation behind Paul’s instruction. This article wants to reconsider the relevant Pauline texts (1 Corinthians 4, 1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 8, Ephesians 5, [Philippians 2]], 1 Thessalonians 1, 2 Thessalonians 3), and evaluate the author’s use of the imitation motif.
Source: Tyndale Bulletin, 1998. 32 pages.