There are portions in Paul’s writings that talk about being
more like the Lord Jesus.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already
arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have
taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining
toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God
has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified” (1
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s
glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which
comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
“I am using an example from everyday life because of your
human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity
and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to
righteousness leading to holiness” (Romans 6:19).
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let
us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit,
perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
It is not enough to be satisfied with our justification. We
should want to increasingly be transformed into His image.
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