For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:29
To the religious mind, the Lord Jesus is ‘up there’ and we are ‘down here’; He is ‘so great’ and we are ‘so small’, like little ants. But our theme verse shows that God’s purpose is for us, His children (Christians), to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. His purpose, from the foundation of the world, for which He foreknew and predestined us, was for us to be exactly like the Lord Jesus.
Jesus is our big brother, and He’s not a ‘far-away’ or distant big brother; He’s right among us, fully identified with us and inseparable from us (1 Corinthians 6:17; 1 John 4:17; Matthew 28:20). We aren’t children of different parents; Jesus isn’t our half-brother. We’re born of the same stock, born of the same heavenly Father (John 1:12-13). This is too big for the religious mind, nevertheless it’s the reality.
This is what Christianity is about – this is the reason we study our Bibles, pray, go to church and do everything we do as Christians – it is to be conformed to the exact image of the Lord Jesus Christ. God doesn’t want there to be any difference between us and Jesus; He wants angels, demons and men to look at us and see our Christ-nature, and recognize our Christ-identity. The Lord Jesus, in His prayer to the Father said, “22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:22-23). Someone might want to object and say, ‘Yes, but He was praying for His disciples’; well, in the same context, He specifically said, “20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-21)
I would to God that all God’s children would catch this truth today! It’ll get rid of the beggarly attitude of some folks. When you realize that God’s desire and purpose for you is for you to be like Him (1 Peter 1:16), it will put a spring in your steps! Live with this consciousness today.
For more, please read and study: Ephesians 1:4-6; Hebrews 2:11
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Dear Father, thank you for predestining me to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person! I am fully united and identified with Jesus. Thank you for this unspeakable honor and privilege, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.