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The Image of Christ

The goal of Christian life.

Columbanus (25)

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3.18

Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit – these are the hallmarks of the Kingdom of God (Rom. 14.17). And they are hallmarks of the Kingdom for the simple reason that these reflect the very Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our King. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3.18), we should expect to become more like Him. But if we look to other models and exemplars – heroes, friends, well-known or powerful people in culture and society – to shape our lifestyle, we’ll have difficulty increasing in Jesus. We’ll always be painting over His pure and beautiful image with cheap substitutes.

Columbanus advised against this: “Let us not be the painters of another’s image; for he is the painter of a despot’s image, who is fierce, wrathful, proud…For righteousness and unrighteousness, peace and disagreement are opposed to one another. Then lest perhaps we should import into ourselves despotic images, let Christ paint His image in us, as He does by saying, My peace I give you, My peace I leave to you. But what advantage is it for us to know that peace is good if it is not well preserved?” (Sermon XI)

As we pursue righteousness in the fear of the Lord, rest in the peace of Jesus that passes all understanding, and rejoice in the victory that is ours in Christ, He “paints” His own image on the canvas of our lives, and we show Jesus to the watching world.

All our preaching and teaching, as well as all our reading and study, should aim at forming Jesus in ourselves and those we serve. Only in Jesus will people realize the holiness to which they’re called and enjoy the peace and joy which God has stored up for us in His Son.

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We need revival. Revival brings changed hearts and lives as people are renewed in their vision of Christ and His Kingdom and devoted afresh to knowing, loving, and serving Him. Revival frequently spills out into awakening, in which multitudes come to know Jesus and are ingrafted to His Church and conveyed into His Kingdom. We need revival. But how? Three books can help you in understanding, seeking, and encouraging others for revival. Restore Us!, Revived!, and Preparing Your Church for Revival are free and available by clicking here. Order copies for yourself and your church leaders, and join the growing ranks of those who are seeking revival day by day.

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From the Celtic Revival
Our present Crosfigell series (Tuesdays and Thursdays) is considering a remarkable Christian worldview statement by an anonymous 7th-century Celtic scholar. Here’s an excerpt from a recent installment:

And when they [the angels] are sent, God, by whom they are refreshed, is never far from their contemplation; not that those spirits who are sent can be everywhere equally, but that God Who is everywhere is always seen in one place without any movement of His by those who hurry in any directions, therefore it is written: a thousand thousands ministered to Him and ten thousand times a hundred thousands assisted Him. For the powers on high do both equally because they minister while they are being sent and assist while they are in contemplation.

  - The Book of the Order of Creation II.15, 16[1]

Angels draw their motivation and power for service from contemplating the face of God. The same is true for us, as Paul understood (2 Cor. 4.6). The more clearly we see Jesus, exalted in glory (Col. 3.1, 2), and the more constant we are in setting Him before us (Ps. 16.8), the more we will refract His image to the world.

Subscribe to Crosfigell today (click here to update your subscriptions, be sure you click each one you want, including Pastor to Pastor) and follow us through our study of this remarkable document.

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T. M. Moore.

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[1] Davies, p. 4

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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