MORPHED TOGETHER WITH HIM
Romans 8:29. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
Have you ever really noticed what this verse says? It says that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of the Son. What does conformed mean? It may not be a common word in our modern vocabulary but maybe it should be. Conformed comes from the greek compound word summorphos. It means to be changed or shaped together into the same form. It is describing us as being changed into the image of God’s Son. Jonathan Edwards wrote a powerful commentary on this verse in his Bible. Here is part of that text.
“to be conformed to the image of his Son, “to be made like his Son, and to have communion with him in his holiness and in his happiness. They are predestinated to be conformed to his Son in his death, in dying to sin and the world, and in his resurrection, by being quickened from being dead in trespasses and sins, and also in their bodies being raised, Christ the first fruits, and afterwards those that are Christ’s at his coming. They are conformed to Christ in his justification. When Christ rose, he was justified; and believers in their justification do but partake with him in his justification. They are conformed to Christ in his relation to the Father, or in his sonship, and are made also the children of God, so that they are his brethren, only he is the firstborn among them, as the Apostle here observes. They are conformed to Christ in the Father’s love to him, and are partakers with him in it as members. They are conformed to Christ in his being heir of the world, and they are joint heirs. They are conformed to Christ in his exaltation and glorification, for he and they shall be glorified together. They are conformed to him in ascension into heaven; they shall also ascend. They are conformed to him in the glorification of his body, for their bodies shall be made like unto his glorious body. They are conformed to him in his enjoyment of the Father in heaven; they by being members of him partake with him in his enjoyment of the Father’s infinite love, and in his joy in the Father. His joy is fulfilled in them, and the glory which the Father has given him, he has given them.”
That is a mouthful. We are being conformed into the likeness of Christ by the resurrection power that lives within us. We are being transformed, metamorphosized, into the image of Jesus Christ. This is the work of God that began in us that day we were born again and will actually accelerate when we step into eternity. In this life it is our daily adventure, yielding to this supernatural work of conforming. Conforming to His death and conforming to His life. Actually our part is the dying and the yielding part, He does all the rest.