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Being Transformed into His Image

Let me open the message by putting you in remembrance of the book of Exodus chapter 34 when Moses went up to Mount Sinai and received the Ten Commandments. After being in the presence of the Lord his face shined so brightly he put a veil over his face when he spoke to the children of Israel.

Now if you will turn in your Bible to 2 Corinthians 3 (NKJV) we pick up the same story after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, *now with unveiled *our face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image *of The Lord from glory to glory, just as *He is by the Spirit of the Lord.

*[Non-italicized words add by me for a clearer explanation of this verse]

For many believers these and others scriptures like it are challenging because they tell us that we are being changed into His image and we are to live our lives as imitators of Christ Jesus. When we hear verses like this often the first thing we say is:

  • I don’t live like Christ
  • I don’t look like Christ
  • I don’t act like Christ
  • Or what do I need to do to be changed into His image?

The title of this message is “Being Transformed into The Image of God.” So, let’s take a walk through the scriptures and learn how we are being transformed into the image of God. Turn in your Bible to Romans 12.

The keys to being transformed in to His image are found in verses 1-3 in Romans 12.

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (test) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In these verses we see three important keys for being transformed into the image of God:

1. To be a living sacrifice = The act of quickly giving of one’s self for a lifetime.
  a. How many of you know that God loves instant obedience?

2. To be transformed = A “metamorphose” to undergo a complete change which, under the power of God, will find expression in character and conduct.
  a. Your character always dictates how you act or behave.

3. A renewing = A “renovation” is an adjustment of the moral and spiritual vision and thinking “to the mind of God”, which is designed to have a transforming effect upon the life.
  a. This is a reestablishment of how we think, which will result in transformation of our life.

Verse 3 gives us insight on how we need to think to reap the full impact of the renewing of our minds. For a better understanding of this verse let’s read it from the New International Version.

Romans 12:3 (NIV)
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Here we will look at two words:

Soberly: to be of sound mind, or sane, - to think correctly about a given thing.

Distributed: The KJ uses the word measure instated of distributed, by implication this word means a limited portion (degree).

Most people will read this verse from a universal or general perspective and think the scripture is saying we have been given “limited faith” or better yet, a little bit of faith. Even the disciples thought they needed a larger or stronger faith in order to obey Jesus. His response to them makes it very clear that while genuine faith is absolutely necessary, a little faith goes a long way.

Luke 17:5-6
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.



You see this same thought in Matthew 8:5-13, the story when Jesus heals the centurion’s servant. Jesus was willing to go to the centurion’s home and heal his servant, but the centurion said, “Just speak the word and my servant will be healed.”

Matthew 8:10
10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled and said to them who followed, “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

We are to think right, be humble and not high-minded about the measure of faith God has distributed to us. As we turn back to Romans 12 and look at how we are to think about the measure of faith that God gives us, we will see that the measure of faith is not related to the “amount or size” of faith. It is directly related to the application of which the faith was given. Look at the image of the mustard seed and say, “I have great faith!”

Romans 12:4-5
4 For as we have many members in one body and all members have not the same office (function): 5 So we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

These verses are a statement of fact. There are many members in the body of Christ, but all of the members do not have the same function. Although we are many we are all a part of the “whole body” because we are all in Christ.

The church is the bride of Christ and each one of us is a part of the bride with a specific function or gifting, and each of us have been given the correct measure of faith to operate in that gifting.

Therefore, as we operate in our “function or gifting” we are reflecting the portion of the image of God that He has given to us.

Another important principle in being transformed into His image is, knowing why you have been given a gift.

1 Peter 4:10 (NIRV)
10 God’s gifts of grace comes in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.

1 Peter 4:10 tells us:

  • It is a fact that every believer has been given a gift.
  • We are commanded to employ it for the benefit of others and in doing so we reflect that portion of the image of God that He has given to us.

Now that we know “why” we are given gifts, let’s read on in Romans 12.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Here we see that we have been given a portion of faith (or the right amount of faith) for the working of the gift that He has so graciously given each of us.

  • Has God given you a measure of faith to pray, speak and declare His word?
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to render practical service to His people?
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to research and teach His word?
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to encourage the personal progress of His people?
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to give of your time, talent or money? Then do it with simplicity.
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to guide and lead? Do it with diligence.
  • Has God given you a measure of faith to show mercy and provides personal and emotional support? Do it with cheerfulness.

As you operate in your unique gifting you are being transformed into the image of God. There is real meaning to why we do what we do as a church. It’s not about getting more stuff; growth in the Lord is not measured by what we have or how you look, or the way you dress: it’s about more ministry.

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
10 For we are his >workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto >good works, which God hath before ordained that we >should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:16 (KJV)
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

TRBC student, what a privilege it is to ride on the waves of blessings that happen in the lives of the members of the congregation. It’s a result of the ministries of the church when each of us is operating in or area of giftedness.

When you see the image of God reflected in each member as they serve in their area of giftedness according to the faith that they have been given it is a manifestation of growth in the body of believers, resulting in us being transformed into the image of God.

Let me rephrase my last statement and say it this way: When you get excited and are blessed that your brothers and sisters in Christ are blessed because of the ministries offered by your church, this is a manifestation of growth in your life! What did Jesus tell his parents after they found him when they thought he was lost, “Did you know I would be about my Father’s business?”

Hebrews 12:2
2Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I pray that this message has helped each TRBC student identify their God-given inborn talents, temperament, and spiritual and motivational gifts. I pray that they may release these attributes and gifts and find fulfillment in their personal relationship with you Lord Jesus. Also that each of you might be motivated to utilize these attributes and gift(s) to edify the body of Christ here at your church in ministry, service, and fellowship in support of your church’s vision! In Jesus name Amen.

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Commit, Learn, Grow,
Dr. Adams