IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified". Romans 8:30 KJV
I will urge those joining us for the first time, to at the very least, start from the beginning of this series. What we have been discussing requires sequential and logical reasoning. Not that it is difficult to understand, but it is counter culture.
The sole aim of the discussion is to verify beyond the shadow of a doubt to the open minded that, we are, 'Made in the Image and after the Likeness of God, and have His Divine nature'. This is not a feel good cliche, it is a settled eternal truth. The question then is ‘whether you will embrace it and live the life’?
The first point we discussed is to show that the whole of the scriptures primarily paints the image of Christ, even the work of the Holy Spirit is to point towards Christ (John 15:26). The reason for this is simple, nobody has ever seen or can see God because He is a Spirit. (John1:18, John 4:24, 1Timothy 6:16).
The exception to this is Christ, not only is Christ the exception, He is the exact image and perfect representation of the Father (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3). So the clearer you see Christ, the better you see the image of the Father, His person and true nature. The reason why a lot of prayer is misdirected is because we do not know the person and true nature of God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
“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 KJV
To the casual scholar of the word, reconciling John 3:16 and Romans 8:29 will be problematic. The first (John 3:16) says Christ is the only begotten Son, whilst Romans 8:29 says Christ is the firstborn among many brethren. Both are absolute truths that compliment each other.
The incarnate Christ as seen in the gospels is the original Seed or pattern after which we are formed. The incarnate Christ, as the only begotten, was crucified and buried but He rose as the Resurrected Lord or last Adam to give birth to the NEW CREATION. This was what the incarnate Christ was referencing in John 12:24. This explains 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Resurrected Christ became the first among many brethren. Colossians 1:18 describes Him as the Firstborn from the dead, because when He rose from the dead we rose with Him in the new birth. A seed of corn when planted (buried), brings forth multiple corn that are exact replica and of the same quality! (John 12:24).
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” Hebrews 2:10-11 KJV
Look at Hebrews 2:10-11, verse 11 says Christ that sanctifies and those that are sanctified (that is the New Creations) are one and the same, that is the reason why Christ is not ashamed to call us brothers because we now have the same Father. The only begotten has now made all of us begotten of God! The inferiority complex suffered by the church is self imposed. The Captain of our salvation says we are one, He gave birth to us. Ephesians 1:6 says we have been accepted in the beloved. God sees us in Christ. When you come to understand this, John 14:12 will make sense to you. It is important you grasp this, because your success or failure depends on it. This legitimises your approach to God as a son. This is the reason why we are called HEIRS of God, JOINT-HEIRS with Christ (Romans 8:17).
The reason why we struggle with the concept of faith is because we have not believed what we are and what we have!
As we close, I hope the picture is becoming clearer? The scriptures paint the image of Christ, so we can see the Father, His Image, likeness and Divine Nature. Christ, the risen Lord is the first of many brethren (the New Creation) and we are made in His image and joint-heirs with Him. I will pursue this point further in the next capsule and completely clear the cobweb.
CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN AND WE ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH HIM
I am persuaded that these truths will become commonplace in the near future, they cannot remain hidden, the whole creation is waiting for our unveiling. Be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.