LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Piper on Christ-likeness

This is an excerpt of a paper written by Tom Steller that can be found here...http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/1985/483_We_Shall_Be_Like_Him/

"And well it should be. Nothing can be more comforting. But too often we fail to ask what the "good" is that God is working all things toward? The next verse explains the good: "For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren." The "good" which God is working all things together toward is our conformity to the likeness of Christ. That is what he is aiming at in our lives. Not health, or wealth, or earthly success, but Christlikeness. If you love God and are called according to his purpose, then everything that has come your way and will come your way is designed by God to shape you more into the likeness of Jesus. Good things shape us, hard things shape us, successes shape us, failures shape us. All things work together to shape us into the likeness of Jesus.
So Paul and John agree that one day, we shall be like Jesus. That is our destiny."


Blogger bluecollar said...

The series continues

December 28, 2006 1:51 PM

Blogger bluecollar said...

The above paper was written By Tom Steller

December 28, 2006 5:22 PM

Blogger jazzycat said...

Good points. The contrast is spiritual good as opposed to temporal good. Christ is about building a spiritual body, not a healthy wealthy temporal utopia.

December 29, 2006 9:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mark, Sorry, I just haven't been online much this week.

I cannot get logged in to your blog. I don't know if it has something to do with the fact that I signed over to the 'new' Bloggger, using my e-mail address instead of my old username. Have you gone over to the new Blogge?

December 29, 2006 12:09 PM

Blogger bluecollar said...

I will more fully respond later. Right now my dad just called and is having trouble breathing. Please pray as I shall now go to tend to this problem.


December 29, 2006 12:49 PM

Blogger Baptist Girl said...

My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in "public." Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me."

—Charles Spurgeon

Mark I hope your dad is ok? WIll be praying


December 30, 2006 9:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is your dad, Mark?

December 30, 2006 9:14 AM

Blogger bluecollar said...

Cristina - Thanks for the Spurgeon quote. I shall use that and others in the days ahead.

Gayla and Cristina - My dad is slowly going down hill. Now he can't grocery shop w/o getting out of breath. Thanks for your prayers.

Gayla, did you get the blogger invite from Google?

December 30, 2006 12:32 PM

Blogger Bhedr said...

I'm sorry to hear that Mark. I will pray. The Lord cares for us and is ever so near us in these trying times.

December 30, 2006 8:50 PM

Blogger Joe said...

Happy New Year, Mark!

December 31, 2006 2:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, see my first comment on this thread, re: the invitation.

I can't get in!!!!!

December 31, 2006 6:21 PM

Blogger Rose~ said...

Calvinists unite!


I hope your dad is OK today.

Happy New Year!

January 02, 2007 9:39 AM

Blogger bluecollar said...

Thank you, Rose.

Happy New Year to you too.

January 02, 2007 11:00 AM


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