The Word became flesh, and then, through the theologians, He became words again. —Karl Barth
I love theology. I also love theologians. But sometimes, they can use unnecessary verbiage that obfuscates simple prepositional assumptions. The same thing can happen when we use religious terms to describe simple truths. Yeah, it really sounds spiritual, but do we really understand the simplicity and the power of the message? And sometimes, even if we do get the message, we can shrug it off because it seems so far from our experience.
Today, no shrugging is allowed. Check out the simple, straightforward meaning of these two passages:
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29)
God is at work this very moment, conforming you to the image of Jesus, who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being!
That’s not just good theology, that’s an amazing aspect of who you are in Christ.
Abba Father, Your Word says that Jesus is the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. I am one of those brothers and sisters! By faith, I believe that You are now my life and that You live in me. I believe that You are conforming me into the image of Your Son—the One who brings radiant glory to Your name and an earthly representation of Your being. I believe, Lord. Help my unbelief! Amen.