Conformed to the Image of His Son…

The Father’s goal for our lives is to grow us up to be like His Son—to conform us to Christ’s image. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined  (see cartoon)to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8; 29.Predestined-Romans8_29

Image, eikon, Strong’s # 1504: speaks of an image; the word involves the two ideas of representation and manifestation. The word is used of an image or coin (not as a mere likeness), Matt. 22:20; so of a statue or similar representation (more than a resemblance), Rom. 1:23; of the descendants of Adam as bearing his image, 1 Cor. 15:49, each a representation derived from the prototype.

In speaking of the relations between God Father, Christ, and man, of man as he was created as being a visible representation of God, 1 Cor. 11:7, a being who corresponds to the original. The condition of man as a fallen creature has not been totally defaced of the image, he is still suitable to bear responsibility, he still has Godlike qualities, such as goodness and beauty, none of which are found in a mere animal; in the fall man ceased to be a perfect vehicle for the representation of God.

The Father’s grace in Christ will yet accomplish more than what Adam lost. Again in speaking of regenerate persons, in being moral representations of what God is, Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24. In speaking of believers, in their glorified state, not merely as resembling Christ but representing Him, Rom.8:29.

In 1 Cor. 15:49, here the perfection (maturity as a final state) is the work of Divine grace; believers are yet to represent, not something like Him, but what He is in Himself, both in His spiritual body and in His moral character. In Christ as the prototype in relation to God, 2 Cor.4:4, “The image of God,” is essentially and absolutely the perfect expression and representation of the Archetype, God the Father.

In Col. 3:15, “the image of the invisible God” gives additional thought suggested by the word “invisible,” that Christ is the visible representation and manifestation to created beings (glory to God, thank you Lord Jesus).

The likeness expressed in this manifestation is part of the essential relations in the Godhead, and is unique and perfect; “he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” John 14:9. In Romans 8:29,30 we have in these two verses an outline a sequence of events and indicate that everyone who has begun the sequence will complete it.   

Tomorrow: How are we conformed in Godliness and Moral purity?

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 00:09:13

    Hi Manny.

    This post touches on, I think, one of the deepest theological questions. Which is it, free will or predestination (determinism)?

    Charles Spurgeon found a verse in scripture that he called “The sum and substance of all theology.”

    The verse is John 6:37. It states:

    “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

    I think this verse summarizes a great mystery of God that man cannot comprehend. It is a similar to the concept of the Trinity. A 3 in 1 God; how can that be?
    Well, the Bible identifies the Father as God, Jesus as God, and the Holy Spirit as God. Yet, there is only one God. It is a truth that we accept on faith.

    John 6:37 seems to be saying that predestination is a truth (first half of the verse), but that man also has responsibility (second half of the verse).

    In other words, there are two sides of the coin. This quote from your post rang a few bells in my brain:

    “Image, eikon, Strong’s # 1504: speaks of an image; the word involves the two ideas of representation and manifestation. The word is used of an image or coin (not as a mere likeness),”

    I find that very interesting.

    God’s blessings my friend…


    • Mannyr
      Aug 22, 2013 @ 17:30:30

      The trinity is for some a great impasse. I like the analogy of water, it can be frozen, it can be simply water, or brought to a boil. They are all water. Father, Son and holy Spirit there is one God three distinct personalities. i love John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” in the Greek in essence it says, the Word(Jesus) stood face to face with God the father. The word “with” is misleading it means of the same essence, or same likeness. I am enjoying this series a lot on godliness.


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