Spiritual Formation Then & Now

by Jonathan Bailey

The formation of the people (Israel) of God was to bring about a blessing to all nations. That blessing was the Messiah: Jesus of Nazareth. Israel was literally to be shaped and formed for the purpose of bringing forth Jesus. And so it is for us. We are to live our lives, “run the race”, “until Christ be formed in you.” “Until we behold in a mirror the unveiled face.” “Until we are renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created us.”

So now in the words of Paul, “May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, with out blame.” Faithful is he who called Abraham and you, and just as He brought about Jesus through Israel. He also will bring Him to pass in you. This is the promise of our God who redeems and restores.

May the Grace of Jesus be with you.