Brother Richard, I read in another thread that you are closing this study on "King of Kings." I hope you will not. Yes, I have been slow in reading or posting here, but recently, I have been pointed to some very important truths, and am studying the character of Christ in both the old and new testaments, and trying to gain more understanding. I have come to believe that if we do not know Christ, what He is really like, (and in the knowing, we know the Father) there is no way we can have that transformation of character we need. No, not just need, but it is imperative if we are to live with Heavenly beings.
It is only as we get to know, admire and love someone, that we will desire to be like them. We do not need to emulate man, although we can see some Christ like qualities in His dedicated people, but those qualities should only point us to Jesus.
I had already been studying more in depth about Christ, and a prayer seminar at camp meeting done by Pastor Pavel Goia of the Lexington, KY church showed me I need to know Him even much better! I want to love Him more, so to love Him, I must know Him, I want to love the things He loves, so that I can be happy in Heaven and the earth made new. He will not take me where I am not happy, or where I am still looking behind at things of this world, as did Lot's wife. It comes as a shock to some people, but our characters (likes, desires, thoughts, etc.) are not what is changed "in the twinkling of an eye." Only our mortal bodies are changed, and our character is all we can take with us. It will not be changed at Jesus' coming, and so, if not changed before, we will not be ready to go. We must behold Him!! We must look and behold Him here, to be able to behold Him in all His glory~~!!