For some reason I keep hearing/thinking/seeing these phrases: “…many sons to glory.” and “…firstborn of many brethren.”
Here it is in Hebrews 2: 10 ~ “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
Romans 8: 29 says something similar: “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.”
For this reason was Christ sent to earth. To save, yes. But, also to transform us into His own image. The whole creation is waiting for the transformation of His people. In the NOW! Not the sweet by and by! Yes, there will be a day when even our bodies will be redeemed and we will live with Him in heaven, but I am talking of transformation here on earth.
Romans 8: 19 says it like this: “For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”
This is a work of the Spirit, not of the carnal mind. Our carnal minds, however well intentioned are at odd with the Spirit of God. It is HIS work. We don’t have to struggle and strain to transform ourselves. He will do it if we present ourselves to Him continually. If we receive Him anew each and every day.
I have worked, and worked hard, to change myself to be like Jesus. But I have found that I can’t change myself! But, I am discovering that HE will change me if I come to Him every day.
It doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer; or that it won’t be hard. In fact, suffering is part of the deal. Romans 8:17 reminds us that as joint heirs (sons and brethren) it will not always be easy. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
So, stop struggling! Remember to present yourself daily at your trysting place with Jesus. receive Him. Let Him rain upon your heart. Let Him shine like the sun on your earth. Let HIM transform you!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1