22nd June 2020

In The Image Of God

“…my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of child birth until Christ is formed in you!”
Galatians 4:19 (ESV)

The birth of a baby is a miraculous event, which is accompanied by pain, the pain of childbirth as the apostle Paul describes it. The birth of the children of God is also associated with distress and difficulty. Entrance into the Kingdom of God is not all plain sailing! Acts 14:22 finds Paul and Barnabus in Antioch, “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

A mother has great love for her newborn baby. Believers are called the children of God (1 John 3:1). God has so much love for his children that he was prepared to sacrifice the life of his beloved Son in order to guarantee their entrance into his glorious kingdom. In giving us spiritual birth, the Father initiated a good work in us which he promised to complete ( Philippians 1:6). That ‘good work’ is to form the very image of Jesus Christ in each and every one of us! Read Romans 8:29, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” How amazing is that! We are becoming like our elder brother whose image is being formed in us. Is it any wonder that entrance into the Kingdom of God is not easy.

The good news is that creating us to be like Jesus is the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All that we are required to do is to believe (the gift of faith) and place our trust in God to do what he has promised to do: Bring his children home by completing the good work that he started. “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven (Jesus Christ) (1 Corinthians 15:49).

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you for your Son who lived the human life and suffered as we suffer—and more so. Thank you that you are forming his image in us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott
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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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