Conformed to His Image

The transformed believer enjoys tremendous freedom. II Corinthians 3:17b says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” This liberty comes as the Christian is freed from his natural disposition, with its inevitable anxiety and loneliness, and is transformed into the image of his Lord. “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 3:18).

It is in this manner that the child of God is able to function in the Kingdom of God. He is transformed by the image of Jesus Christ functioning and operating in his human vessel, bringing every thought and imagination into the obedience of Jesus Christ (2). As the believer presents his body as a living sacrifice to the Lord, he will experience the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (3).

Rather than conforming to the world and its system, the believer is inwardly changed and transformed to the image of Christ by the power of God (4). Anxiety, cosmic loneliness, and its undefined consequences are dealt with and resolved in the transformation.

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