What is to be “transformed into the same image” of Christ? (Part 4) or What is eating Christ?

Putting on Christ transforms us outwardly so people sees us living and working in righteousness. It is the Bride making herself ready, “’it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure’ – for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints” (Rev. 19:8). Our external righteous acts that people see is our fine linen. This is the transformation of our mortal bodies. “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:11) This makes our cups clean on the outside. How do we make our cups clean on the inside? How do we practically renew our minds (Rom. 12:2) setting it on the Spirit (Rom. 8:5-6)?

We do this by eating Him. To change us internally we need to eat Christ as our bread of life. That is why Revelation 19 continues, “for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.’” (Rev. 19:8-9) Our righteous deeds on the outside, reflect a lifetime of eating and enjoying Christ inwardly. That is why “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb…These are the true words of God.” (Rev. 19:9) When we eat and enjoy Christ in such a way, we will be invited to enjoy Christ at his marriage supper to enjoy Him more. We have learned how to eat and enjoy Christ Himself, so we become the true words of God, transformed into his image.

What is eating and enjoying Christ inwardly? When we eat something, that substance becomes assimilated into our beings and intrinsically becomes a part of who we are. We are what we eat. When we eat Christ as our bread of life, we assimilate Him into our beings and intrinsically become like Christ. That is why we “are the true words of God.” (Rev. 19:9) As we feed on Him daily as our daily bread, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mat. 6:11), his sacrifice on the cross to deal with the sinful nature becomes a reality to us. His death to sin becomes our death to sin. “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” (Rom. 6:6) “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” (Rom. 6:8) “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Rom. 6:5) “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 6:11) “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:4) As we eat of Christ, his words become living and operative (Heb. 4:12) within us so his words become spirit and life to us (John 6:63) as he assimilates himself intrinsically into our beings.

We must eat the bread that the Lord gives us. “…Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” (John 6:53) No matter how we change on the outside, unless we are changed on the inside, it is not real. We have cleaned our cups on the outside, but we are full of abominations on the inside (Rev. 17:4). Jesus came down to earth to change us on the inside. When Christ fills us on the inside, realize that we are cleansed from within (Mat. 23:25-27). The only way to clean us from within is to eat Christ. Learning rules and regulations does not work. Christ dwelling in our hearts works (Eph. 3:17). We have to assimilate Christ into our beings so the divine nature become one with us. That is why “you have no life in yourselves.” (John 6:52) The life Jesus was talking about was the divine life. The divine life carries the divine nature into us. This is just Christ Himself. “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” (1 Cor. 6:17) As we eat of Him, Christ becomes so intricately woven and mingled with us that we become like Him. As we are mingled with Him in this way, there is no separation between God and us. That is how He “will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore.” (Rev.3:12)

When Christ is assimilated into our beings, realize His divine nature becomes one with us. The purpose of Christ was to bring us up to God. He redeemed us to save us from our sins and our sinful nature; He resurrected to bring us up to God. In his resurrection, He released and sent us the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45) who has made a home in our hearts (John 14:23). As the fire inside of us, He is burning to cleanse and purify us on the inside. Our cups are cleansed by his Spirit dwelling inside of us. The only way we can come before God is if we become holy as He is. How does Christ do that? He transforms us intrinsically so we are like Him in nature. We become “holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) because we have been made a living sacrifice. The divine nature becomes our nature as Christ lives out of us. His holy nature is expressed out of us as righteousness. That is why “we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

“And they all ate and were satisfied.” (Mat. 15:37) When we eat of the heavenly bread, we would all be satisfied. Nothing else fills the hunger within us even though we try to fill it with many things. We were made with a God-shaped cavity inside that can only be filled with God. That is why we hunger and thirst and are not at peace. Christ needs to fill our beings internally so we would never thirst. “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’” (John 6:35) “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phi. 4:12-13) Our cups are being filled on the inside to the fullness of God so we are satisfied (Eph. 3:9; John 1:16).

We must realize the kingdom of God is here today. We should not think that only in the future, at the end of this age, will the kingdom of God be established. “Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your mist!’” (Luke 17:20-21) God is establishing his kingdom through his Son Jesus Christ today.

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As we grow old eating Christ, realize we are transformed into the same image of Christ — holy on the inside and righteous on the outside.

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