Bible Lesson 90

The Christian and the Image of Christ #3 in series

Romans 8:29

Christ and His image, that is attained in every true Christian, is a subject that each of us should master and become so familiar with that we can convince others who we encounter, of the need for Christ in every life. In these coming sessions of this subject, we will attempt to convince ourselves that God, who is Sovereign in all things, has an interest and an influence in everything that occurs on and in His creation.

Let’s begin by reviewing how the creation occurred. It was not an accidental ‘big bang’, nor was it the evolution from minutia over billions of years as many like to think. Neither was it by Theistic evolution where something that God created evolved into man etc. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and God created everything in its present form. Adam was the same kind of person that you and I are today.

There have been many changes in the way we live and do things, but basically we appear just as Adam and Eve did when God placed them in the Garden of Eden. They were created in innocence and given one command from God, not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which they soon disobeyed and were separated from God and forced out of the Garden of Eden.

We are the off-springs of Adam and Eve and have inherited their rebellious and sinful nature; therefore we are born spiritually dead in trespass and sin, under the wrath of God because of our nature and our propensity and love of sin. We arrive on this earth in a terrible condition, condemned by our failure to love and obey God. We are children of darkness rather than children of light.

God speaks to us through the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter two, verses 1-3 and reminds us that we were born dead in trespass and sin ( I’m speaking to those who are truly born again and obedient now), because we used to walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom we also once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath.

Then we know from Romans 6:23, that the wages of sin are death, which speaks both of physical death and Spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. There are only two gates, two paths or roads and two destinations for any of us in this world and Matthew chapter 7:13-14, assures us that the gate and the way to eternal life is strait and narrow but it leads to heaven, while there are a wide gate and a broad way that leads to hell.

Only two destinations and that will never change, we will either obey God’s call and be brought from death to life and born again in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ or we will follow our own road, march to the beat of our own drum, do it our way and find ourselves in hell to endure constant torment in literal flames. The question that we have to ask now of each of us is, which road are we on’ If we died today, would we be met by Jesus and taken to be with Him for ever in heaven and it’s glory’.or would we wake up in hell, tormented by flames and aware of why we are there’ That is a question that we, each one, have to answer. Some ask it honestly and answer it honestly; and some attempt to deny the question, which means that they say no to God and will go to hell.

For those who attempt to deny the question, we can only pray that God’s will can be for them to know Him through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. That’s about the extent that we can approach them except to take every opportunity to tell them the truth about God’s love. For those who are honest with themselves and God and who submit their lives to Christ, dying to self and living through Christ, we can offer many great and glorious promises, such as The love of God and His choosing for salvation, before the foundation of the world, Ephesians 1:3-4) the adoption of us as His children (Ephesians 1:5), our justification by faith (Romans 5:1), our sanctification of us by imputation, or reckoning of Jesus’ righteousness to our account (Romans 4:21-25), our attainment of the Image of Christ (Romans 8:29), our glorification (Romans 8:29), and finally our place in heaven for eternity (John 14:1-3; John 17:20-26).

The issue for this lesson is’.can we really ever attain the image of Christ’ The answer is that we can and we will’. if we are truly saved. God has said in our scripture for today, that ‘Whom He foreknew (loved in eternity past), He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren’. Now, for those who have trouble believing that they will show the image of Christ more and more every day they live on this earth and finally at the rapture, we will see that we are indeed like Him (1st John 3:2-3; Psalms 17:15). That is the homework for this lesson that we meditate on the scriptures listed here and pray and focus on Jesus Christ as we take His image on ourselves.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob