Image consultants get paid handsomely nowadays by men and women who hope to boost their careers with a favorable impression. But for the believer, a favorable image is the work of divine grace. God takes pleasure in seeing His Son in us. Old or young, rich or poor, strong or weak, every Christian is a work in progress and is being renewed day by day in the inner man.
“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). “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49). “But we all, 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” (2 Corinthians 3:18). “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Paul refers to Christ, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15). Paul also says, “Ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:9–10).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: We will be conformed to the image of His Son.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (April 27 reading).]