The Process of Transformation
This is something that a professor prompted me to write, I love this topic and I am excited to bring my insight to you.
Process of Transformation
How are we transformed?
Radically/New Birth/New Creation – 2 Corinthians 3:17,
To be completely transformed every part of our being must be transformed, but first, we must know what we are being transformed into. The answer is simply Christ, we are being transformed into the Image of Christ. (I am not going to spend a lot of timing explaining why, as this is not the point of this post, maybe at a later date.)
All parts of our being must be transformed, what are the parts?
appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]
As we “un conform” from this world, we should be “conforming or transforming” our mind to Christ. This is active and we will never experience complete conformity with Christ, however, we should nonetheless be chasing towards it.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
We are inherently evil and are capable of no good whatsoever. The great news is JESUS, we are capable through and in Jesus only, to live holy. However, you and I both are aware that it is extremely difficult and we all still sin, even in our hearts. Whether it be bitterness, or unforgiveness, or pride we all harbor some of that from time to time. Our heart is being transformed, but it will not be completely sanctified on this earth.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
We see a switch happen in this verse though.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God
We see two different spirits being described in this passage, we see the spirit of God, and our spirit. The Spirit of God is noted with a capital letter and our spirit is noted with a lower case letter. We have received the Spirit of adoptions as sons, we no longer have a spirit of sin, but we have the Spirit of Christ indwelling in us. This means that our spirit has been redeemed. Our Spirit is what God saves from this earth, and our spirit is what will carry over into eternity.
1st Corinthinas 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
This one is probably the easiest to talk about not being “redeemed” or “glorified” because scripture is clear that there will be a resurrection of physical bodies, and they will be our glorified bodies.