Friday, May 20, 2016

THE FORMATION OF CHRIST IN US


"It's morphing time."… This little word morph has a long history. It actually comes from one of the richest Greek words in the New Testament… Morphoo means "the inward and real formation of the essential nature of a person." It was the term used to describe the formation and growth of an embryo in a mother's body.

Paul used this word in his letter to the Galatians: "… until Christ is formed in you." (Galatians 4:19) He agonized until Christ should be born in those people, until they should express His character and goodness in their whole being. Paul said they -- like us -- are in a kind of spiritual gestation process. We are pregnant with possibilities of spiritual growth and moral beauty so great that they cannot be adequately described as anything less than the formation of Christ in our very lives.

-- John Ortberg in The Life You've Always Wanted


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