EnRoute to Metamorphosis

April 18, 2007

metamorphosis – change completely the nature or appearance of; “In Kafka’s story, a person metamorphoses into a bug”; “The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman”; “Jesus was transfigured, changed, after his resurrection”
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/metamorphose

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being

    transformed

into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18 NASB)

Metamorphosis is the process of absolute changing from one thing into another such as when a worm is transformed through a death process into a beautiful butterfly. The change is so complete that, unless you knew otherwise, you’d never believe that the beauty of the butterfly was once the ugly worm that crawled on the branch. Such total transformation that, not only is the structure and body appearance different, but it’s ability to navigate goes from crawling to soaring through the heavens.

To me it isn’t enough to be a human being crawling the earth, at best displaying godly attributes from time to time. I WANT TO BE CHANGED! I WANT TO SOAR! Don’t you? Have you ever dreamed of flying? I have, many times. I have a repeating dream of simply running real fast and then spreading my arms and taking off in free flight. That dream can never last long enough.

However, that’s strictly in reference to the physical sensation and freedom of physical flight. Men have desired and have found ways to just that for the last century through various technologies, from balloons to parachutes, from hang gliders to ultra-lights. Some just jump from a plane and free fall. Yikes! Even flight simulator computer programs can give you the sensation of free flight over thousands of different realistic terrains from all over the planet. In fact I was just soaring over the many small islands off the coast of Vancouver in an ultra-light this morning in Microsoft Fight Simulator X. WOW! What a fantastic program!

But way beyond the physical realm, He has placed it in my heart a deep desire to be like Him, in ALL ways just like Him! He is the perfect one, He is ALL, He is everything anyone would want to be in nature and in character. Jesus Christ is the perfect “…image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Col. 1:15) Therefore, in the eyes of God, there is none higher or greater than Christ Himself. He (God) was pleased to cause the fullness of Himself, the fullness of creation, to dwell in Jesus.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.” (Col 1:15-19)

Then He created us, man, in His own image and likeness. And, through the fall of man, redemption and ultimate glorification, He is transforming us also into everything Jesus is. What an inheritance! What a hope! What a future!

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (metamorphosed) by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

We are in a process, in this earthly realm, of being changed into His same glorified state of being. Jesus is the first born among many brothers.

“But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? “YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Heb 2:6-11)

Are you one of them? I KNOW I am!

: )

P.S. There will be much more on this topic in the posts to come.


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Introduction to this Blog

April 16, 2007

I have been contemplating writing a blog for some time now. Very often I find myself in dialogue with a number of folks, with my own brothers and sisters in Christ, both in our own home-based fellowship as well as on-line with others at a distance… very often offering and receiving spiritual wisdom, insights, counsel and advise. 

These various dialogues, along with with my own meditation, study and conversations with the Lord form the basis of what is shared on his blog. I hope and trust that what is written will edify, stir and challenge the reader to examine their thinking, as I am being challenged continually, as we progress on this journey toward metamorphosis.

May you be stirred by what you read, blessed by what you hear, have the courage to challenge my thinking in return, take the time to discern the Spirit and the have the grace to respond in the same Spirit in which it is offered …that we all might be edified and grow thereby, and ultimately be transformed by what/Who we see.On the lighter side, I will also share interesting happenings, videos, photos and other items of interest that will hopefully bring a smile to your face, a chuckle or make you even laugh out loud.

Please don’t hesitate to share your spontaneous and thoughtful feedback. I am not interested in entering into debate, but always enjoy and encourage life-giving dialogue that is founded in a deep desire to discover and uncover the mystery that is “Christ in us, the hope of Glory!”Be blessed!

Tim : )