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Trust the Transformation

Worship conference, vacation, 4th of July holiday–it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I have to say I feel refreshed and alive and stirred by God’s heart and Spirit.

Monday morning I awoke early with 2 Corinthians 5:17 running through me, maybe an odd phrasing but that’s how it felt. It wasn’t something I’d read recently. It wasn’t intellectual pondering. God was speaking Spirit to spirit.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  (NASB)

This is the same verse from the Passion Translation.

Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.

Here’s Dr. Brian Simmons note from the Passion Translation on this verse,

This would include our old identity, our life of sin, the power of Satan, the religious works of trying to please God, our old relationship with the world, and our old mind-sets. We are not reformed or simply refurbished, we are made completely new by our union with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (emphasis mine)

Why is this so hard to believe?

We can easily begin to take figuratively what God meant literally. You settle for trying to be a “better” version of yourself or better than the people down the street or down the aisle in church services.

I believe the simple answer of why this is hard to believe is we have a history with ourselves. Evidence often points to our “old man” rearing up. You see it happen over and over, but it’s not the whole truth.

The imagery here of being “enfolded into Christ” reminds me of baking when you fold in egg whites. You beat the egg whites until they’re light and fluffy, they are completely transformed. You wouldn’t recognize them as the same substance if you hadn’t seen the before and after.

That’s not the end of the process though.

Then you have to fold those newly transformed egg whites into the batter to complete the recipe. Slowly, you keep turning over the spatula with the egg whites, turning and turning. Sometimes it feels like forever.

Patiently, you keep folding them in until there’s no view of the egg whites. There’s only the unified batter.

Yes, you see some of the old junk resurface in the process, but you have been transformed. You’re patiently being folded into union with Jesus. The more you trust Him and His process, the more Jesus is seen.

You are transformed, and you are being conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29). You don’t have to doubt it! That’s definitely worth a celebration.

What are your thoughts on this? 

2 Comments

  1. Glad you’re back, Jason!
    This is such a beautiful truth, and I love the egg white imagery you used. Makes for a more perfect understanding of being made new in Christ!
    Blessings!

    • I just love how God makes His truth plain to us! Thanks so much, Martha. Glad to be back. 🙂

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