Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:29
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
The Spirit’s work within us is as much a gift of God’s grace as is our justification and adoption as sons. But whereas justification and adoption are instantaneous and complete at once, our growth in Christ-likeness is a lifelong process. Therefore, we should never look solely to our love and obedience for our assurance of salvation. At most they can demonstrate our salvation, never prove it. Ultimately our assurance must rest on the Gospel and on the promises of God.
Meanwhile, we can grow in realizing how those promises point to both a glorious present and an even more glorious future. John spoke of our glorious present when he wrote, “Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2). In the same verse he went on to speak of our even more glorious future: “We know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” Likeness to Christ is God’s ultimate purpose for us and the hope we look forward to.
What does it mean to be like Jesus?
First, it means to be like him in spirit, in our true inner being. This is a process that begins at conversion and will reach its ultimate fulfillment when we enter the Lord’s presence at death. Paul calls this process transformation. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). God has predestined us to be conformed to the likeness or image of his Son, and he’s now at work in us through his Spirit to bring that to pass.
Source: Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges