Forming Christ in Us

Reuben Smith July 2011

 

God took great care in the formation of man and the image was primarily spiritual.  That is why sin marred the likeness.  When we are rebellious we are no longer Christlike (Luke 22:42).  Little is said in scripture of God’s creation of animals (though it is clear) and never was it indicated that they were in His likeness at all.  He already had the heavenly hosts who praise Him around the clock.  His purpose in creating you was grand and well thought out.

 

  1. God’s original design was for us to be in His image and likeness. 

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

    27 So God created man in His own image;  He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.”

The Bible goes into more detail here: Genesis 2:7 “Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”

Do you see a grand design in creation?

II. Under the New Covenant we are having Christ formed in us

Paul said in Galatians 4:10 “My children, again I am in the pains of childbirth for you until Christ is formed in you.”

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

 

This world (the demonic world system that is apposed to all things godly) is trying to conform us to it’s image.  It’s image is marred and contrary to God’s.

 

  1. He is still forming us – the potter’s house example

 

Jeremiah 18:1-5 “[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal My words to you.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. 4 But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.

    5 The word of the LORD came to me: 6 “House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter [treats his clay]?”—[this is] the LORD’s declaration. “Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.” 

 

Notice a few things here concerning God’s intended image. God is sovereign.  The potter (clearly representing God) took the same clay and went from one type of jar to another.  We know that whatever is in God’s heart we shall submit too however the ultimate goal is to be more like Jesus (the ultimate image of God – Colossians 1:15.)

 

Paul directly eluded to this passage in Romans 9:19-21 You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?” 20 But who are you —anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 Or has the potter no right over His clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?

Potter

This needs to be our cry: “Yet LORD, You are our Father;
    we are the clay, and You are our potter;
    we all are the work of Your hands.”
Isaiah 64:8

We need to allow and invite the Holy Spirit to form Christ in us daily. To not let the world “re-form” us to it’s image.  

See all these & more scriptures on this subject I compiled as a companion to this teaching at: http://bit.ly/formingchristverses 

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