Christians are sometimes ashamed of their weaknesses, because the world will not — cannot — admit them. So we hide them, to our detriment. They are not to be flaunted, nor given rein, but they are to be confessed and delivered up to Christ, so that his power may work in them and through them.
The words of the apostle Paul about his weaknesses are not strange to us. But weakness is affirmed for the Lord Jesus as well.
“For indeed he was crucified by reason of weakness, but he lives because of God’s power. For we also are weak in him, but we will live together with him, because of God’s power toward you” 2 Corinthians 13.4. Continue reading “How to succeed by being weak”
The words, God “brought them to the man to see what he would name them,” (Genesis 2:19) draws our attention to something beyond the truth that God sees everything. Here is a statement of focus and deliberate study. God wanted to see how Adam would reason.
Assigning names is no menial assignment. The labels we create as well as how narrowly or broadly we use those terms shape human perspectives for better or for worse. Continue reading “God watched as humanity tackled its first job – identification”
We tend to identify with our heroes; we seek to share in their substance. Through identification we assimilate some, often many, of their characteristics, and so our views, and opinions and actions, are formed through identification.
There are several passages which speak of our being conformed to the likeness of Christ, or our identification with Christ.
“And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, … them he also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30 ASV).
Among the goals of man’s redemption in God’s purpose is conformity to the image of his Son. Glorification consists of being made Christ-like, the perfect image of God in human nature. His people “are transformed into the same image (Christ’s image or “likeness”) from glory to glory” [or “ever-increasing glory” – ISV(2 Corinthians 3:18), so glorification is both present and progressive as we grow more and more into the likeness (image) of Christ. Continue reading “Conformity through identification”