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Monday, December 23, 2013

Transformed To His Image

"Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2)

Some people seem to think that Jesus came only to reclaim us or restore us so that we could regain the original image of Adam. Christ did infinitely more in His death and resurrection than just undoing he damage of the fall. He came to raise us into the image of Jesus Christ. The first man Adam was a living soul, the second man Adam was a life-giving Spirit. The first man Adam was made of the earth earthly, but the second man is the Lord from heaven!

Redemption in Christ, then, is not to pay back dollar-for-dollar or to straighten man out and restore him into Adamic grace. The purpose and work of redemption in Christ Jesus is to raise man as much above the level of Adam as Christ Himself is above the level of Adam. We are to gaze upon Christ, not Adam, and in so doing are being transformed by the Spirit of God into Christ's image.

We choose to be transformed to His image,
but we cannot create that image by our own morality or struggles after righteousness. We must be created anew in His likeness by His own Spirit, and stamped with His resemblance by His heavenly seal impressed directly upon our hearts from His hand.

~A. W. Tozer~

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