Identical is a very strong word, but it makes sense. We are, after all, Christians, so it’s not a philosophical stretch to think that our lives should follow the pattern Christ left for us.
God’s purpose in committing to men and women the mission that He committed to Christ is to disentangle His followers from all worldly connivings and policy, and to give them a work identical with the work that Christ did, that they might continually be Christ’s representatives in character. Manuscript Releases, vol. 18, 109
This is not a new idea by any means:
Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. Christ’s Object Lessons, 69