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September 25, 2006

Created in God’s image -- conforming to Christ’s image

For several years now I've participated in the Fellows study program of the C.S. Lewis Institute. The focus for Year Three of the program is to learn more about what true discipleship is, and how to mentor others. Last weekend, Don Payne of Denver Seminary led a great seminar on "The Theology of Discipleship" that has me pondering a lot of points made by him and others throughout the sessions. So I thought I'd share a few of those points with you here so you can ponder them too!

Today's point to ponder is based on a question posed by one of the other participants (and keep in mind -- I'm no theologian, so I may not have expressed this perfectly!):

We were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). As followers of Christ, we have been redeemed to conform to Christ's image (Romans 8:29).

Is the image in which were were originally created (and intended to be) different from the image to which we are being conformed? If so, how and why?


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We believe in the Holy Trinity.
The image is not different, but the same. What has changed is us (and all creation) due to the Fall. We are marred in every area of our being, but not utterly destroyed.

Francis Schaeffer once used the analogy of the Mona Lisa being slashed by vandals and splattered with mud. It would be horribly marred, but it would still be the Mona Lisa.

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