As Christians, our ultimate purpose is to know God:
… this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
Jesus has called us to walk with Him, to love Him, to fellowship with Him; and as we fellowship daily with Jesus, we experience transformation in our lives:
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
God daily transforms us into the image of Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
In this brief study, we will look at this transforming work. How does God actually do this work in our lives? How does it happen? How can we best respond to it?
Moreover, we will consider a model – a simple model that shows us the three ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Here is the model:
According to this model, the fruitful Christian life has a balance of three kinds of work of the Holy Spirit. These are the three paths to transformation:
- Divine Dependence
- Dramatic Dealings
- Daily Discipline
These three kinds of work are all motivated by the Holy Spirit and they are used by Him to transform our lives into the image of Christ.
As we will see, all three of these works can have dangers associated with them if we are unbalanced and emphasize one over the others. We need all three.
We will also see that we can intentionally respond in ways that will facilitate or “develop” all three of these works in our lives …
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