CONFORMED TO CHRIST 1

Rom. 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Our inheritance in Christ is absolutely unthinkable. We have not only been forgiven all our sins and delivered from eternal destruction, we are also called ‘to’ something. We are called to be conformed into the image of Jesus, the very Son of God. We catch a glimpse of this in the high priestly prayer of the Lord in John 17. He prays that, “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me”. To taste the very relationship with the Father that Jesus enjoys is what we have been called to, UNTHINKABLE!!! Here is how Jonathan Edwards explains this calling.

“This is the sum of what the elect are predestinated to, “to be conformed to the image of his Son,” to be made like his Son, and to have communion with him in his holiness and in his happiness. They are predestinated to be conformed to his Son in his death, in dying to sin and the world, and in his resurrection, by being quickened from being dead in trespasses and sins, and also in their bodies being raised, Christ the first fruits, and afterwards those that are Christ’s at his coming. They are conformed to Christ in his justification. When Christ rose, he was justified; and believers in their justification do but partake with him in his justification, as Romans 8:34. They are conformed to Christ in his relation to the Father, or in his sonship, and are made also the children of God, so that they are his brethren, only he is the firstborn among them, as the Apostle here observes. They are conformed to Christ in the Father’s love to him, and are partakers with him in it as members. They are conformed to Christ in his being heir of the world, and they are joint heirs.”
Wow, we are called to enjoy the Lord’s happiness, it is what all of us are looking for. To enjoy God is better than all the other enjoyments we all pursue. It is better than houses or cars, friends or family, titles or accomplishments; to know and enjoy Him is what we are born for. This is why Jesus came, to call us into His amazing joy.

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3 Replies to “CONFORMED TO CHRIST 1”

  1. Jonathan Edwards ,” This is the sum of what the elect are predestinated to , ” to be coformed to the image of his Son “, and to have commuinion with him in his holiness and in his happiness .”

    1. God’s delight in them . He is a king that rules by love , and therefore to be praised ; for the Lord takes pleasure in His people , in their services , in their prosperity , in communion with them , and in the communication of his favor to them . He that is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of himself , and to whose felicity no accession can be made , yet graciously condescends to take pleasure in his people . Psalm 147:11

  2. HALLELUJAH, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! ALL IN YOU! THANK YOU, FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT! JOY UNSPEAKABLE! 🙂
    PASTOR FRANK, HALLELUJAH, LOVE YOU. 🙂
    UNITY, TOGETHER IN HIM/THEM, HALLELUJAH! 🙂

    HAVE YOUR WAY, FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT! 🙂

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