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September 18, 2013, 11:46 AM

Restoring the "Image of God"

It is good to remember that the "image of God" has been marred in us due to the destructiveness of sin. We cannot rebuild “God’s image” by doing or saying “Christian” things or by thinking “Christian” thoughts.  It is also important to remember that it is God alone who can rebuild that "image" within us. His method? It is by the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. He lived righteously as to become an acceptable sacrifice. He died to pay the penalty for sin in our behalf. He rose from the dead to conquer death from sin. He ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in all who believe in Him. As we receive this precious gift by faith He begins the work of restoring "His image" in us. We often call this process sanctification. Check out some scripture.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 
30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified (Romans 8:29-30). The word “conformed” is like the word “assimilate”. Do you remember the “Borg” from Star Trek? If you got caught by them they would try to make you one of them by force. “You must be assimilated.” :-/  No one wanted to be assimilated. However, the greatest gift for a human being created by God is to be freed from the trap of sin. In fact, because if sin we were held captive by death. God’s plan, by the power of faith and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart, is to create the character (image) of Christ in you. The “image” is being restored by His power and influence. It is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This process is truly supernatural. If you have spent a lot of time working hard at this task and find yourself disillusioned it is time to heed the voice of Jesus. ““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.   29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Ahhhhh… Those words are comforting aren’t they? The secret to a bountifully blessed life are in these words. Come to Jesus and enjoy His “grace and truth.” As your love for Him increases, so will your obedience. You will do anything to get a glimpse of “His image” in yourself and others. Read II Peter 1:2-4

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