Because He Is, I Can BecomeHandbook 3: Article 40 - Every Thought Captive

"By His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."

1 Corinthians 1:30

"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold new things have come."

2 Corinthians 5:17

God announced at creation His attention to make man in His image. It was always God's purpose and still is, to make His creation -- man -- reflect His image.

"'Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness'... And God created man in His own image, in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them..."

Genesis 1:26, 27

And it was and still is His purpose that such a man will rule on the earth.

"What is man, that Thou rememberest Him? And the son of man, that Thou art concerned about Him? ...Thou hast put all things in subjection under His feet... But now we do not see all things subjected to him. But we do see... Jesus"

Hebrews 2:6, 8

Adam and Eve gave away their birthright, choosing to reflect Satan's image. And we are stuck with his image unless...

God in His marvelous grace and wisdom equipped mankind with a wondrous capability that He did not give Himself. Men can change!

"God changes not. The law of mutation belongs to a fallen world, but God is immutable, and in Him men of faith find at last eternal permanence... Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified; nothing the inspired prophets and apostles have said about Him will be rescinded. His immutability guarantees this."

AW Tozer

  1. I can change.

    "For a moral being to change it would be necessary that the change be in one of three directions. He must go from better to worse or from worse to better; or, granted that the moral quality remain stable, he must change within himself, as from immature to mature, or from one order of being to another..."

    AW Tozer

  2. I can become -- "change from immature to mature, from one order of being to another."

    "Change works for the children of the kingdom, not against them. The changes that occur in them are wrought by the hand of the in-living Spirit. 'But we all,' says the apostle, 'with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.'

    Yet much as we deplore the lack of stability in all earthly things, in a fallen world such as ours, the very ability to change is a golden treasure, a gift from God of such fabulous worth as to call for constant thanksgiving. For human beings, the whole possibility of redemption lies in the ability to change. To move across from one sort of person to another is the essence of repentance; the liar become truthful, the thief honest, the lewd pure, the proud humble. The whole moral texture of the life is altered. The thoughts, the desires, the affections are transformed, and man is no longer what he had been before. So radical is this change that the apostle calls the man that used to be 'the old man' and the man that now is 'the new man', which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him."

    AW Tozer

  3. If I am "in" Christ, I am a new creation, ...It all hangs on that big-little word "in"!

    "Yet the change is deeper and more basic that any external acts can reveal, for it includes also the reception of life of another and higher quality. The old man, even at his best, possesses only the life of Adam; the new man has the life of God. And this is more than a manner of speaking; it is quite literally true. When God infuses eternal life into the spirit of a man, the man becomes a member of a new and higher order of being."

    AW Tozer

Jesus came in the flesh. Every grace and gift from God to Him is available to us also through Him. We not only can become like Him, we must. Entertain no other thought on this subject.

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