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Title: Becoming Like Jesus Christ


1
Becoming Like Jesus Christ
2
Romans 828-30
  • And we know that for those who love God all
    things work together for good, for those who are
    called according to his purpose. 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. And those
    whom he predestined he also called, and those
    whom he called he also justified, and those whom
    he justified he also glorified.

3
I John 31-3
  • See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
    that we should be called children of God and so
    we are. The reason why the world does not know us
    is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are
    Gods children now, and what we will be has not
    yet appeared but we know that when he appears we
    shall be like him, because we shall see him as he
    is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies
    himself as he is pure.

4
Col. 127-29
  • To them God chose to make known how great among
    the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this
    mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of
    glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and
    teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may
    present everyone mature in Christ. For this I
    toil, struggling with all his energy that he
    powerfully works within me

5
I John 21
  • My little children, I am writing these things to
    you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does
    sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
    Christ the righteous.

6
Romans 828-30
  • And we know that for those who love God all
    things work together for good, for those who are
    called according to his purpose. 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. And those
    whom he predestined he also called, and those
    whom he called he also justified, and those whom
    he justified he also glorified.

7
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The First Phase Is Our Justification
  • Its only through Jesus death that we can find
    justification in Gods sight (Romans 321-26)
  • Justify To pronounce as just, righteous,
    declare not guilty
  • Through the cross Jesus paid the penalty we owed
    for our sins Though guilty, God can see us as
    innocent!
  • Jesus is our redemption, propitiation, and
    atonement!
  • Justification is provided, but we must respond
    in faith to Jesus sacrifice (Rev 15 Acts
    2216)
  • When we come to the Jesus death through
    baptism, we are coming to the blood (Rom 63-4)
  • Notice how Paul uses the terms of unity and
    likeness

8
Romans 63-4
  • Do you not know that all of us who have been
    baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his
    death? We were buried therefore with him by
    baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ
    was raised from the dead by the glory of the
    Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

9
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The First Phase Is Our Justification
  • Its only through Jesus death that we can find
    justification in Gods sight (Romans 321-26)
  • Justify To pronounce as just, righteous,
    declare not guilty
  • Through the cross Jesus paid the penalty we owed
    for our sins Though guilty, God can see us as
    innocent!
  • Jesus is our redemption, propitiation, and
    atonement!
  • Justification is provided, but we must respond
    in faith to Jesus sacrifice (Rev 15 Acts
    2216)
  • When we come to the Jesus death through
    baptism, we are coming to the blood (Rom 63-4)
  • Notice how Paul uses the terms of unity and
    likeness
  • At this point our sins are removed, we are
    justified in Gods sight, and we are like Jesus
    Christ!

10
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The First Phase Is Our Justification
  • At this point we are sinlessly perfect, but we
    still sin. How can we still be like Christ?
  • God is still able to say, There is no
    condemnation (Rm 81)
  • Because we have been justified and have contact
    with the blood, God continues to cleanse us (1
    John 17-9)

11
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The Second Phase Is Our Sanctification
  • Sanctification sounds complex, but is a simple
    idea
  • Hagaizo Make holy, purify, consecrate Set
    apart to God, dedicated to God, made pure and
    holy
  • OT often used it for groups or items dedicated
    to Gods service NT often uses it of our
    spiritual transformation
  • Romans 828-30 ? Conforming to the image of His
    Son
  • In our sanctification, God is at work shaping
    us
  • He uses trials to shape us into the image of
    Jesus (I Pet 16-9)
  • He chastens us so we can share in His holiness
    (Hb 1210-11)
  • God is certainly at work in more common ways too
    (Phil 16)

12
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The Second Phase Is Our Sanctification
  • God doesnt sanctify us against our wills We
    have to work at pursue sanctification (2 Tm
    221 1 Th 43, 7)
  • Gods commands are there to make us more
    Christ-like
  • Sanctification must become our motivation, a way
    of life!
  • As we learn Jesus we emulate His mindset,
    character, life
  • This was what Paul lived for His passion!
    (Phil 38-14)
  • This is an ongoing struggle in our hearts
    between the spirit and the flesh Which will
    win? (Rom 8)
  • Our sanctification is a process that takes time!
  • Each day we better reflect His glory Its a
    growth process
  • We dont reflect it perfectly But were still
    Christ-like!

13
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The Third Phase Is Our Glorification
  • Knowing that God is working out our
    glorification puts this life in great perspective
    (Rom 818 1 Pet 510)
  • No amount of struggles, suffering, heartache, or
    disappointment can compare to the glory to be
    revealed
  • Gods plan for us From suffering, to grace, to
    glory!
  • Our ultimate transformation will come when Jesus
    returns for our final salvation (1 Jn 32 Phil
    321)
  • What exactly will we be like? Only God knows!
    He has told us all we need to know We will be
    like Jesus!
  • Jesus is in a glorified state now and one day we
    will join Him!

14
The Process Of Becoming Like Christ
  • The Third Phase Is Our Glorification
  • This glorification means a new body prepared for
    eternity in Heaven in Gods presence (1 Cor
    1548-57)
  • We have borne the image of Adam with the
    corruption sin brought Then we will bear the
    image of Jesus Christ!
  • Physical bodies are incapable of abiding in
    Heaven, of living for eternity, of abiding in
    the presence of God
  • Well be freed from the pain, sickness, death
    of this life
  • We can only dream of what God has in store Our
    concern now is to have Christ in us, or we
    will have no hope of glory! (Col 127)

15
It Begins With Putting On Christ
  • For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God,
    through faith. For as many of you as were
    baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
    (Gal 326-27)
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