When we read a Bible verse, usually we are
inspired to pay our attention to the ‘catchword’
of that particular verse. One such verse is
1 Corinthians 11: 1, and its esoteric study gives
us a spiritual insight.
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (ESV)
“Follow my example, as I follow the example
of Christ.” (NIV)
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am
of Christ.” (KJV)
Here the catchword is ‘Imitator’. Three different
English translation versions have used three
different terms to convey one strong meaning.
They are – imitators, example, and followers.
This is because of the Greek term ‘Mimetes’
used in the New Testament which means –
imitator, example, and follower (3402 of
Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive
Concordance of the Bible).
When we turn the pages of Hebrew
translation to study this verse, the perplexity
is resolved. The Hebrew word ‘Acharai’ gives
us a simple meaning as – ‘one who follows
or one who goes after’. Further the root word
‘Achar’ (310) is just a preposition meaning
behind, after, afterwards. Idiomatically the
word ‘after’ is not just a preposition. If a man
is money-minded we say ‘he is after money’.
Likewise, if our mindset is that of Yeshua (Jesus),
we can say that we are after Yeshua. Here I am
reminded of a beautiful devotional song –
“I have decided to follow Jesus (3)
No turning back”.