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God's Image Reflected


As you grow up, you start to slowly lose touch with some of your friends. I have many friends who arenít followers of Christ. Thinking about those friends that I lost touch with over the years had me laying in my bed wondering what impression of myself I left with them, more importantly, did I reflect God's glory to them?

After man fell, he felt naked. His glory was taken from him. He was formerly clothed with light as God (Psalms 104:1-2). According to Paul, we have been transformed and renewed into the image of God by the Gospel, and that this image is then "in righteousness and true holiness" (Colossians 3:10) (Ephesians 4:24). This isnít something we can achieve on our own, it's as a result of our "receiving Christ" in faith and repentance (John 1:12) (Galatians 2:20) It is accomplished by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) (Romans 8:28-29), who takes up His abode within God's children (1 Corinthians 3:16) (1 Corinthians 6:19). 'God is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9).

In the fallen state we are in, we will always imperfectly reflect His glory, yet this fallen world needs to be reminded of how incredible our God is. If we can begin to grasp how great His love is, it will begin to manifest itself into our own lives (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

As our lives begin to line up with the principles of Godís Word, we radiate the glory of Godís perfect wisdom. Paul reminds the Corinthians that the purpose of our redemption was that we might glorify God. So let us walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10)

Scripture clearly teaches that man is made in the image of God, then we should really ask ourselves today, "how much of God's image is reflected through me?"

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Psalms 104:1-2
[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. [2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Colossians 3:10
[10] And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Ephesians 4:24
[24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

John 1:12
[12] But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Galatians 2:20
[20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Titus 3:5
[5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Romans 8:28-29
[28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. [29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 Corinthians 3:16
[16] Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19
[19] What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

2 Peter 3:9
[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
[4] Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, [5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Colossians 1:10
[10] That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

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