God became a man in the Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of making us also the same as He is! His hearts’ desire is to have man as His counterpart(Rev. 19:7), His expression, the same as He is. That’s why He “bothered” / “took the pain” of becoming a man: the infinite God became finite and limited in space and time, as a man in the flesh! He put on something that was not yet God – the human nature. Through His death and His resurrection, this human part was brought into the divine sonship: He became the Son of God in both His humanity and His divinity(Rom. 1:3-4)! In resurrection He also became the Life-Giving Spirit(1 Cor. 15:45) – as such a One, He entered into our spirit.
When the Lord as the Spirit came into us(Gal. 4:6), we entered into a process – of becoming like Him(even as He is we will be): fully sonized, glorified, one with God and filled with God. All things work together for good for those who love God, those who are called according to His purpose(Rom. 8:28). And this “good” is our eternal good, as God sees it as being good. The process we are in today is a process of
- sanctification – we are partaking of God’s holy nature, we are sanctified both positionally(before God, in Christ) and dispositionally(our whole being is saturated with the holy element of God) – 1 Thes. 4:3, 1 Cor. 1:2, 6:11;
- renewing – our mind is being renewed in the Word of God, for us to think the same way He thinks(Rom. 12:2; Titus 3:5); we are being saved more and more from our corrupted mind; His new element is being added to us, and we become NEW more each day!
- transformation – as the new element is being added to us, the old element is discharged – as we behold Him, just like a mirror, we also reflect Him – we are being transformed from glory to glory(1 Cor. 3:18)! There’s heat, pressure, failures, mistakes – yet there’s the fresh supply of living water to help us grow and be transformed!
- conformation – our whole body is being conformed to His image by having His inner operating life in us(Rom. 8:29; Phil 3:21); eventually, our whole being – spirit, soul, and body – is being saturated with the divine element, and we have the redemption of our body(Rom. 8:23)!
As believers, we are in this process every day – all we need to do to go on in this process is to enjoy the Lord in our fellowship and organic union with Him! When we turn to Him in everything and enjoy Him(Rom. 8:6), He is sanctifying us, renewing us, transforming us, and even conforming us more to His image! More and more, day by day, we become like Him! Lord, take us on in this wonderful process every day!