Key Verses: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to swap lives with someone for a week? Like in the prince and the pauper? Ephesians 4:22-24 says, as disciples we ought to live our lives like Jesus “in true righteousness and holiness.” So imagine if for one week, all the circumstances in your life remained the same but Jesus lived your life instead of you. How long do you think it would take for people to realize that Jesus was living your life for you?
1 John 2:4-6 explains “if someone claims, ‘I know him well!’ but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.”(MSG)
This is Is difficult for us, but it is and has always been God’s eternal purpose for us in Christ to become more like Christ.
In the past: Romans 8:29 shows us that God has already determined to transform us “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
In the present: 2 Corinthians 3:18 explains that we are daily being changed and transformed by the Holy Spirit. “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
In the future: 1 John 3:2 gives us the confidence that it is God’s final purpose that we will be like his Son, when we see Jesus face to face. “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.”