2. Looking to Jesus



1. In Christ's Image 2. Looking to Jesus 3. Jesus Son of man 4. Jesus our example
5. The child of God 6. In the Potters hand 7. Completion  

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

To better grasp the work that Father is doing in us we must look to Jesus; He is the blueprint that Father is using to mold and shape us. Not that we can, or ever will partake of His Deity, (His place as The Son of God in the Holy Trinity)  but we will partake of His perfect divine human nature and in God's timing, total glorification. We will not be Gods but we will reflect God's nature. No one can say with 100% certainty how it will be, the scriptures say that in this present time we see as in a glass darkly.

1Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

In the eternal ages to come; Jesus Christ will still be God the Son. Christians will never be called God. Just as a mirror reflects an image, so shall we. We will reflect God's image but we will not be God.

Please notice

1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

The fullness of our transformation will be realize when the church is caught up to meet Lord Jesus in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

1Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Let us look at the Lord Jesus for a moment.

There is a doctrine called the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This doctrine states that:

In the one person of Jesus Christ, there are two natures, a human nature and a divine nature.
each in its completeness and integrity, these two natures are indissolubly united, yet so that no third nature is formed thereby.
(A.H. Strong, Systematic Theology pg.673)

Someone else has said it this way

Jesus is not half God and half man.  He is fully divine and fully man.  In other words, Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human.  Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God and was made flesh, (John 1:1,14).   This means that in the single person of Jesus is both a human and divine nature, God and man.  The divine nature was not changed when the Word became flesh (John 1:1,14).  Instead, the Word was joined with humanity (Col. 2:9).  Jesus' divine nature was not altered.  Also, Jesus is not merely a man who "had God within Him" nor is he a man who "manifested the God principle." 

 He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity. "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by the word of His power," (Heb. 1:3). Jesus' two natures are not "mixed together,"  nor are they combined into a new God-man nature.  They are separate yet act as a unit in the one person of Jesus. 

This is known as the Hypostatic Union.

An Illustration - A coin has two sides, heads and tails, yet it is one coin, each having its own side. (no earthly illustration could ever suffice to describe The Son of God and The Son of man)

This study will not focus on the subject of Christ's' Deity.

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

 But upon His sinless perfect human nature. Jesus the Son of man. It is in this image that God our Father is conforming us to.

Praise You Lord Jesus!