Faith Stands Still
October 9, 2013
Not A Little Comforted
October 11, 2013
Faith Stands Still
October 9, 2013
Not A Little Comforted
October 11, 2013

Morphed Into His Image

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29

“For whom He foreknew He also foreordained, conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the First-born among many brethren.”

Long before we were born, God knew us and had a purpose for us in mind. God knows the beginning and the end. When He had us in mind, perhaps even before He created the world, He had a purpose for us—a plan. “Whom” is us. He is concerned about us not the what. It’s not what He foreknew about us. It’s the person He is concerned about.

And not only did He know us, He also predetermined or foreordained His purpose for us. I think God has a purpose in mind for every single person born. That is mind-boggling for us people who have a hard time thinking about two things at once. There have been billions of people born. He has a purpose for everyone.

Unfortunately, most people don’t track in line with the purpose. Many will never accept their purpose. However, those who will fall into God’s purpose for themselves will find the main purpose is to be conformed to the image of Jesus. The Greek Work for the word image is “eikōn” which we get our English word icon. That opens up the picture for us. Jesus is the “icon” which we want to be like. In addition, the Greek word for “conformed” is symmorphos, which we get the word “morph” or to morph with. To morph is a relatively new concept since animation started. It means, “To undergo transformation from an image of one object into that of another.”

We can identify with Jesus. We see Jesus going about doing good and healing while He was here. But more than morphing into what He did, we are becoming like His is. For one thing, He was the firstborn from the dead. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” (Colossians 1:15) Jesus is the icon for love, redemption, healing, salvation, and so much more. We are to be the brethren or little icons made into His image. If people see us, they should see Jesus. If the devil looks at us, He should see Jesus. God predetermined that we should be morphed into the image of Jesus–transformed into His likeness.