WEEK 3 - RE-BOOT!
We were Created to Become like Christ!
If I asked you the question right now, who are you becoming I would probably get multiple answers. Some would say, I am becoming a great husband. Some would say, I am becoming a great wife or mother. Some would say, I am becoming a great student this year! Some would say, I am becoming a great teacher or leader or employee. Whatever it is for you, if the question was asked, what am I becoming, what would you answer?
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
1 John 2:4-6
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
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; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Corinthians 3:16,18
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Have you ever undergone a home renovation project? What was the project and how long did it take?
What were some of the frustrations and obstacles during the project?
When the project was over, were you pleased with the result? Were you glad that you made the changes despite all that frustrated you?
Who do you think God is wanting us to Become? Why?
What kind of a process has to be gone through to change and conform our lives to Christ’s image?
Why does elimination, imitation and determination not work when we are trying to become like Christ?
Finish your time in prayer, praying that God would be constantly transforming you and your group. Pray that He would reveal places in your lives to put off the old self and on the new self. Pray that God would help each of you to continually experience transformation on a daily basis.
What are some ways your group can better reflect Jesus?
1:26 God’s use of plural pronouns (Us... Our... Our) to refer to Himself has raised many questions. At least five different suggestions have been put forward to explain them: they may be references to (1) the Trinity, (2) God and His angels, (3) God and creation, (4) God’s majesty as expressed by a literary device known as the “plural of majesty,” or (5) a polytheistic view of God. Since the Bible teaches elsewhere that there is only one God, the fifth option is not tenable.The two Hebrew words translated as image and likeness are often understood as having the same meaning. But some interpreters suggest that “image” refers to the ability to reason, with “likeness” referring to the spiritual dimension. What exactly is the “image” of God? Since the Bible teaches that God is Spirit (Jn 4:24), many commentators believe it refers to the non-material aspects of a person—our moral sensibilities, intellectual abilities, will, and emotions. Based on God’s commands in Gen 1:28, others have suggested that it consists of the role humans are to play on earth—their rulership over the planet and its resources, and secondarily the physical, mental, and spiritual abilities that enable them to fulfill that role. The NT teaches that Christians will someday bear the image of Christ (1Co 15:49; 1Jn 3:2).
1:27 The creation of humanity is the crowning event of chapter 1, as shown by the fact that created is repeated three times. The verb “created” is the same one used in 1:1, referring to a kind of creative activity that only God can do. The term “man” is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible to refer to humanity in general, not just males ; all people, both male and female, are created in the image of God. People are the only beings that are created in the image of God. The Bible never lumps people into the category of animals. Instead, it separates the creation of people from all other beings and attributes the most privileged roles in creation to humans alone.
Paul pictures the truth totally in terms of the Messiah, who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The apostle often described who believers already are, while also pointing to what they should strive to become. The practical paradox is that while freedom from sin’s eternal penalty is already ours, freedom from the former way of life (a life of sin) comes only through our daily quest for obedience and purity. These are lifestyle commitments that every believer is called to make.