sábado, 5 de janeiro de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 40
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Restoring Your Image
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV), 27 Then God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Personality and character are two words commonly used when referring to someone's image. If we replace character and personality for image, Genesis 1:27 would affirm then that God created man with His character or that God created man with His personality.
Replacing the word image with character or personality in Romans 8:29 helps us to understand that God's will for those who choose Christ as Savior, is to mold them inwardly to the original image man was created in. Which is the personality/character of God Who is love.
Romans 8:29 (AMP) 29 For those whom He foreknew [of which He was well-acquainted and loved beforehand], He also ordained from the beginning [foreordaining] them to be molded in the image of His Son [and share His likeness] that he may become the firstborn among many brethren.
God's will for every Christian is to restore in them the personality He originally created Adam with which is His personality of love (1 John 4: 8, "... God is love"). Genesis 1:26 (AMP), 26 God said, Let us [Father, Son and Holy Ghost] make mankind in our image, after our likeness ... "
When Adam disobeyed God, he lost his nature of love and took on a selfish nature. People who know Christ are those who have followed the Narrow Path to Relationship and have been shaped in His image and thus have regained their loving nature.
As you travel down Narrow Path to Relationship with God your personality changes. Do you recognize any change in your personality since you came to Christ? For example, are you more patient or kind?