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23rd September 2022


Image Bearers

As God’s image bearers (Imago Dei) we are to reflect His glory into the world.
As we saw yesterday this requires us to spend time with Him & become more & more like Him.
Scripture & the Spirit are there to equip & empower us in this task.
As ever they helpfully point the way & provide the power source.


For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28


We as God’s redeemed people are being restored & renewed in the image of God & we contribute to this process by putting on Christ.
Just like we get dressed each day so daily we must exercise our faith in Christ’s saving work & power.
As we do so we effectively spiritually clothe ourselves & the image of God is further renewed.
It is a daily discipline & necessary duty. We are saved, being saved & to be saved (Philippians 2:12; Romans 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:8).
We are renewed in the image at salvation, being renewed in the image daily through sanctification & to be fully renewed in the image at Christ’s return.
Scripture shapes & the Spirit sanctifies & we must fully submit to both.
We hold fast to our salvation be daily believing in & putting on Christ.

As image bearers we are all created equally. That is a gift in our humanity.
As redeemed believers & children of God there is neither Jew nor gentile, male nor female, slave nor free.
We are all one in Christ & stand as equals before Him & together with one another.
In this we are like the Godhead. The three in One who are co-equals.
The family shares the likeness of their Father!

Our daily responsibility to submit unto Scripture & the Spirit is a continual process.
These things do not happen automatically – they require our continued obedience & cooperation.
God can only work in me to the degree to which I allow Him!!!
He will never force or coerce us to follow His paths or do His will. He desires us to be willing subjects.
We have an amazing relationship with God as renewed image bearers & that carries an important responsibility.
As equals we all have access through Christ to relationship with God & we all share the same missionary task.
We know Him to make Him known. Covenant relationship leading to kingdom responsibility.
Scripture & the Spirit are our pointers & power source to more & more reflect God’s glory into this earth.
May we do so more each & every day to the glory of our Creator & Redeemer.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I readily submitting unto Scripture & the Spirit?
  • Am I daily being diligent to work out my salvation with fear & trembling?
  • Meditate upon our responsibility to continually submit unto Scripture & the Spirit as we are renewed in the image of God?

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that I bear Your image & carry Your likeness to reflect Your glory into this world,
Draw me deeper into relationship so that I may more clearly reflect Your love, light & life.
Lord Jesus thank you that through You I have Covenant relationship & kingdom responsibility,
Help me to be faithful in both.
Holy Spirit keep me close to, responsive to & submitting readily unto you & the Scriptures,
Shape & mould me each day as a redeemed & renewed Imago Dei.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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