Friday, December 10, 2010

Who Am I - I Am In Christ Jesus A new Creature

LOOK TO CHRIST God has made you who you are as a part of His new creation. Any attempt at knowing who you really are must start here. "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17). So, who are you, really? You are a new creature in Christ. Paul wrote, "For to me to live is Christ …" (Philippians 1:21). In Galatians 2:20 he said, "I am crucified … but Christ lives in me." Since it is true that we no longer live, but Christ lives in us, let me ask you this question: If you want to get to know who you are, who are you going to have to get to know? Him! In other words, to discover your true identity, you will have to discover Him Who alone is your life. It is impossible to know who you really are apart from Him – apart from knowing Him. Realizing this one simple truth frees you from the "know thyself" world-view. You are delivered from it by knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom you have your new, true identity. Hear Paul again, "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death" (Philippians 3:10). The call of the believer's life is not some human, self-centered psychology of "know thyself," but by the divine, Christ-centered spirituality of "know Him." E.W. Bullinger wrote, As to the natural man, all is different. The ancient philosophy had a motto continually sounding in its ears, "Know thyself." This saying was introduced by Solon, one of the seven wise men of Greece, and the wisest of them all. A lawgiver, a great reformer, and a great patriot, 638 years before Christ, Solon gave this as his most precious wisdom. It was carved over all the schools and seats of learning, its letters may be seen today carved in the marble ruins of Greece. It was good, so far as man's wisdom went; it was the best that man could do! Oh, but how impossible to obey it! It is the one thing man never could do. It is the one thing none of us know. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). If we could know ourselves thus, what then? When we came to this knowledge, and saw ourselves and our ruin, would it not end in despair? No, we can only know ourselves by the knowledge of Christ. Christianity came and brought with it a loftier motto, a heavenly wisdom, a Divine truth: "That I may know Him."[1] Paul also wrote, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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" (II Corinthians 3:17-18). Beholding and Becoming Paul tells us that as we behold the glory of the Lord, we are changed into His image. This is the principle of what we might call Beholding and Becoming. As you BEHOLD Him, you are transformed into His image. This beholding and becoming is carried out and accomplished in the very details of your life. The Father is steadily at work in you, manifesting the life of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus He accomplishes this in the most difficult circumstances that life may throw at you. This is the great plan of God in your life. Changed The Father is transforming you, so that you are being "changed into the same image." This word "changed" is the Greek word metamorphoō from which we get our word "metamorphose," which Webster defines as, "to change into a different form; to transform."[2] It appears three other times in the Greek Scriptures. It is used twice of the Lord Jesus Christ's transfiguration: "And after six days Jesus takes with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leads them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and He was transfigured [metamorphoō] before them" (Mark 9:2). "And was transfigured [metamorphoō] before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light" (Matthew 17:2). And this same word is by Paul in Romans chapter 12: "And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed [metamorphoō] by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2). Image Just exactly what is this "change"? We are being TRANSFORMED "into the same image" of the Son. The Greek word for "image" is eikōn. Its usage by Paul the Apostle is very telling. He uses this word in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ being in the "image of God": "… Christ, Who is the image [eikōn] of God …" (II Corinthians 4:4). "… Who is the image [eikōn] of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature" (Colossians 1:15). Then Paul uses this same word in reference to believers: "For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image [eikōn] of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers" (Romans 8:29). "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image [eikōn] of the Heavenly" (I Corinthians 15:49). "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image [eikōn] of Him Who created him" (Colossians 3:10). The Lord Jesus Christ is in "the image of God," and you are being transformed into "the image of His Son." The first principle of knowing who you really are is to look to Him, to know Him, to keep your eyes upon Him – for all that you are is "in Him." Well did the hymn writer pen, O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There's light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free! Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.[3] Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr, © Daily Email Goodies™ --------------------------- BOOKS BY CLYDE L. PILKINGTON, JR. DAILY EMAIL GOODIES Receive the Daily Email Goodies by signing up at: OUR WEEKLY PERIODICAL The Bible Student's Notebook, available in two formats: Electronic (e-mailed to you) and Printed (mailed to you). OUR ONLINE ARTICLES Bible Student's Notebook past articles online.


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