A Chip off the Rock
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
When two people have been married a while, they start becoming like each other. This has happened with my wife and me. We know each other so well that I can start a sentence, and she can finish it. She knows what I am thinking even when I am not saying it. I am just amazed at her intuition. I can read her as well. Having been married for more than three decades now, we’ve spent a long time together.
This is even more the case when we have been spending time with Jesus Christ. We become like Him, “a chip off of the ol’ Rock,” we might say. This is God’s ultimate plan for every Christian—to make us like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
We see this in the life of Peter. He was burned by the enemy’s fire when he denied the Lord. But when touched with fire at Pentecost, he became the new-and-improved Peter. The same thing that happened to him can happen to you. The same power is available to every believer. That is because when someone has been with Jesus, and by that I mean when they spend time in the Lord’s presence and spend time growing spiritually, they will become more like Him.
Before you were here on Earth, God chose you. God knew there would come a day when you would put your faith in Him. He chose you before you chose Him. And what is His goal for you? His goal is that you might become like Jesus.
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