Romans 6:5 ( posted 9-17-13 )
“ For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: “
“ For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,”
The Greek word “ sumphutoi “ translated “ planted together “ means grown along with, closely united to, planted together.
As part of the work of the Holy Spirit in our adoption and salvation process upon our faith in Jesus, our flesh has been crucified and destroyed in a similar way that Jesus died.
It is interesting that upon this part of the process of our salvation, all of us who put our faith in Jesus have a common ground – that being our flesh has been destroyed in similar fashion to Jesus' crucifixion and death.
However, our faith and what we believe is still being worked on.
This is why even though Paul just told us that we are closely united in Jesus' death, we are not presently united in faith and what we believe.
In Paul's day and especially in today's evangelical society, with the many different beliefs within the body of Christ that presently exist, this is why Paul said in the future all who believe in Jesus will be brought into unity concerning our faith and what we believe, just as we are presently united as far as the destruction of our flesh.
Paul clearly said;
“ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: “ Ephesians 4:13
Notice even our perfection is future, according to this statement of Paul.
“ we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: “
The Greek word “ esometha “ translated “ we shall be “ grammatically is in the future tense and means shall come to pass, will be, what would follow, may have.
Always remember what John said about our future, when Jesus returns;
“ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. “ 1 John 3:2
Like Paul, John is referring to the future, not the present – that is, concerning our faith, beliefs and resurrection.
“ For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. “ Romans 8:29
Notice Paul did not say we are predestined to be saved but rather those whom God knows – that is, those of us who believe in His Son Jesus, are predestined to be conformed to the image of God's SonJesus. As Paul and John said, this is to be done in the future when Jesus returns.
I have heard people ask - “ If Lucifer was perfect and turned against God, what is to keep it from happening again in Heaven even though we will be perfect? “
My friend, the difference between Lucifer is that those of us who believe in Jesus to the end when He returns will literally become like Jesus in every way.
Just as Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father cannot go against each other nor would ever have the desire to, those of us who believe in Jesus will be conformed to the same feeling, mentality and desire as God...literally.
This is what being conformed is. It is literally becoming as, like.
Notice that God did not plan this nor even a redemption plan for the fall of Lucifer and his angels who rebelled with him.
I'm sure this is why he hates God so much and why he is trying to keep us out of Heaven.
The Greek word “ summorphous “ translated “ conformed to “ means jointly formed, fashioned like unto, similar...same as “ likeness “.
Obviously, Lucifer was not ever conformed to God.
The difference between Adam and Eve who were actually originally made in the similitude, likeness and even image of God as opposed to Lucifer who was not, is that Adam and Eve, even though they committed the sin of disobedience, did not openly rebel against God as Lucifer and his angels did. Adam and Eve no doubt repented and acknowledged the sin they committed. I believe they are in Heaven like Abraham, having believed in Jesus.
Lucifer is like the other criminal on the cross who hanged there with Jesus and the other criminal (who did repent, by the way ), who openly publicly defied Jesus even in his dying moments. This is in the likeness of satan.
The criminal who did repent and believe in Jesus like Adam and Eve and the rest of us who do, will some day in the future literally be like God.
There will be no satan to tempt and deceive.
The difference between the future event of being conformed to the image of God's Son will be more complex than the creation of Adam and Eve in the image and likeness of God.
Our future conformation, for those of us who believe in Jesus, will be in the literal sense of being like God in feelings, desire and thought.
It will be irreversible and irrevocable.
There will be no curiosity toward things outside of God as there was with Adam and Eve.
We will know God and be as He is.
Our desire will be toward God and each other, just as it is God the Father's, the Holy Spirit's, and Jesus' desire toward each other and us.
My friend, this is what eternal life is...knowing God.
“ And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. “ John 17:3
It amazes me that God would do all this for a human being.
Praise the Lord Jesus!
I will continue with verse 6 in the next study.
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