“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 1” (Rom. 8:28-29)
INTRO: What is God’s ultimate purpose for your life (not what is your ministry or occupational calling)? Romans 8:29 tells us that God’s ultimate purpose for our life is to be conformed to the image of Jesus. Romans 8:28 tells us the process we go through to fulfill the purpose.
I. PREDESTINATION (Rom. 8:29).
- This doesn’t mean God has decided who will be saved.
- What was predestined is not who will be saved but how the saved are called to live.
- God foreknew you (Rom. 8:29a; Jer. 1:5)!
- God predestined that those who choose salvation will be adopted into God’s family with the purpose of being conformed to the image of Jesus.
II. THE PURPOSE OF MANKIND AT CREATION.
- Mankind’s calling was to steward God’s creation from the identity of being in the godhead’s image (Gen. 1:26-28).
- We can manifest His image because God breathed His Spirit/nature into us (Gen. 2:7-8; 2Pet. 1:3-4; Ps. 17:15).
III. NEW TESTAMENT RELATEAD PASSAGES (Rom. 8:29; Gal. 4:19; 2Cor. 3:18; 1Jn. 3:2-3).
- Christ formed in us to manifest through us (Gal. 4:19).
- Transformed into Christ’s image (2Cor. 3:18).
- Glory – the manifest presence of Christ’s essence.
IV. WHAT IS JESUS LIKE?
- The fruit of the Spirit is the essence of Jesus (Gal. 5:22-23).
- The Spirit in us is the Spirit of Jesus (1Cor. 3:16; Phil. 1:19).
- The characteristics of love are the characteristics of Jesus (1Cor. 13:4-8).
- God is love (1Jn. 4:8, 16) and Jesus is the exact representation of God (Heb. 1:3), therefore, Jesus is also love (Jn. 13:34-35; Eph. 3:19; 5:2).
- Discover what Jesus is like in the Gospels!
Conclusion: God’s ultimate purpose for your life is to be conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus (Rom. 8:29)! To what degree are you conformed to the image of Jesus?