FOCUS THIS YEAR
We have presently moved to a New Year, 2020. The previous year was to know our Divine Purpose in Christ. The focus of the year 2020 to us is, “BEING CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST.” The numbers 20-20 are image numbers or replica numbers. Many were waiting for this year, and finally, the most-awaited 2020 is eventually here.
The Lord has begun a fresh page and a new episode in your life. This is a brand-new start and an occasion to encounter God’s love and grace uniquely. As you undertake your mission in this benchmark year, I desire that you focus on an extraordinary God who has designed you in the image of His Son and forming the image of His Son within you.
He has equipped you to exceed in all things through His Spirit. When we praise our God, we must focus on His magnificence and His greatness which surpasses all.
IMAGE AND LIKENESS
God created Adam in His image and after His likeness. Adam lost that dominion through disobedience. The image of God lost its glory and power. Christ Jesus not only restored the dominion to us who believe in Him but also re-generated us into His image. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
With the fall, the first man lost dominion over the earth but the second man, Jesus Christ, not only received dominion and authority over the earth but also over the heavens.
Matthew 28:18 — Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
OLD OR NEW
When we are born again by His Spirit, we are a new creation in Christ. Every hold of Adam has passed away and we are now created in the image of the last Adam. The hold of the Old Covenant law has passed away and the law of God is now written in our hearts. The Old Covenant has passed away and we are now in the New Covenant established in His blood.
As we renew our minds and are transformed, in the depths of understanding and knowing Him; the living image of Christ is formed in us. That means we share in His divine nature of holiness, power, and excellence.
IMAGE OF CHRIST
To be conformed to the image of His Son – Christ, we must first understand that Christ is the perfect image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 — among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.
Colossians 1:15 — He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
“Conformed to the image of his Son” — this is God’s desire, His ultimate desire for His people. This is His intention for the body of Christ. Christ was slain before the foundation of the world for this reason.
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.
Revelation 13:8 — and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
Our first natural birth is in Adam, i.e. we bear his image and nature. However, the instance we are born again by the Spirit of the Lord, we bear the image of Christ who is the man of heaven – the last Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:49 — And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.
Being like Christ is the reason for our existing experiences, our trials, and our suffering. The Spirit of the Lord is at work in us with one thing to display — conformity to the image of His Son. Moving before time, “foreknew, and “predestined,” on to “the generations of the ages,” to the understanding of us being “conformed to the image of his Son.”
We are commanded to put off the old man – Adam, and put on the new man, who is Christ, the image of God.
Ephesians 4:24 — and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.
We are clothed with Christ, who is the new man, and the head of the Church.
Colossians 3:10 — and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it.
Why do we need to put on Christ? How is He the new man? We are urged to put on the Lord Jesus Christ so that the old nature of Adam is overcome and the flesh is crucified.
Romans 13:14 — Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.
The preceding verse declares this — God is working all things for good with those who are called according to His purpose. One purpose – the sole purpose and nothing else.
Romans 8:28 — And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
WHAT IS OUR HOPE?
What is the good in all things working together? What is good in the suffering and trial that we go through? The good is just this – God forming His Son in us. His Son is our hope of glory. God’s glory is to be unveiled in the saints through sonship.
This is the hope for the entire creation which was, “subjected to futility… in hope.”
Romans 8:20 — For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope
We are groaning and travailing in hope. The hope is in Christ – God’s Son, and this hope is the revealing of that Son in the saints.
Colossians 1:27 — God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
TRANSFORMED INTO THE SAME IMAGE
2 Corinthians 3:18 — And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
The veil is removed from our faces by the Lord who the Spirit bringing liberty and freedom to us. This Old Covenant veil is taken away when one turns to the Lord and Christ is revealed.
2 Corinthians 3:14 — But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away.
GROW IN CHRIST
We are a new creation, His body – members of Him who called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. Each of us is a unique likeness of His glory. Everything we do, say and pursue this year must reveal Christ and His divine greatness and the riches of His glory. It is our year to grow in Christ.
Wishing you all a blessed year to prosper and be in health in the body even as your soul prospers in the Lord.
Happy New Year, 2020.
Joy to you,
Godwin & Delia.