I thought I’d finish this series of Reflections about “transformation” by looking at two pictures from the New Testament.
But first, have you ever noticed how kids reflect their parents? Kids grow up to become like their parents, not so much because they’re trained to, but because they begin to reflect their parents – their habits, their speech, even (to some extent) their appearance. Yes, genetics does play a part but the bigger component is this idea of reflection. Imagine what our world could be like, if it lived in relationship with its creator – what it might begin to reflect!
That’s the idea that John picks up in 1 John 3:2. He makes the amazing assertion that when Jesus appears, “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” – we’ll reflect the reality fully! If you want an idea of what Jesus is currently like, go and have a look at Revelation. It’s a pretty impressive picture! And, says John, you are going to be like Him. If that’s not “transformation” I’m not sure what is.
The other picture is where Paul, in Ephesians 5:27, tells us how Jesus loved the church and gave Himself up for her so He might present her “to Himself as a glorious (or radiant) church without spot or wrinkle or any other kind of blemish, but holy and blameless”.
God already has this amazing work of transformation underway for each of us, His saints, and for us as His church. It will be stunning when we see it. It’s what God has always wanted. He made us in His image. How stunning do you think God is!
Keep being excited and keep looking forward. As someone once said, “The best is yet to come!”