The Transforming Power of God's Spirit

Lesson 9, Part 6

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Our Final Transformation

If we have God's Spirit, what is our destiny when Jesus returns?

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).

Be sure to read Paul’s description in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 of our final transformation from our “lowly” physical, mortal bodies to glorious, immortal spirit bodies. The apostle Peter summarizes the transformation that God accomplishes in His saints in these words: “His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4, NRSV).

Points to Ponder

These questions are intended as a study aid, to spur further thought on the concepts discussed in this lesson and to help you apply them on a personal level.

We suggest you take the time to write out your answers to these questions and compare them to the scriptures given. Please feel free to write us with any comments or suggestions, including questions about the course or this lesson.

• What are some ways the Bible describes the Holy Spirit? (2 Timothy 1:7; Acts 2:1-4; John 7:37-39; John 15:26).

• Did God inspire His prophets and other servants of the Old Testament with His Spirit? (Nehemiah 9:20; 2 Peter 1:20-21). But did the people listen? (Nehemiah 9:30; Zechariah 7:11-12).

• How does God propose to change the human heart? (Ezekiel 36:26-28; Jeremiah 31:31-34).

• How vital is the Holy Spirit to our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ? (Romans 8:8-17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14).

• Should we ask God to guide us, through His Spirit, to rightly understand the Scriptures? (Luke 11:13; John 14:26; John 16:13).

• How does the Holy Spirit make us a new creation, and what responsibility does that put on those who are being transformed? (Colossians 1:27; Colossians 3:9-14; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 3:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24).

• Whose heart and thoughts should we copy? (Philippians 2:5).

• What fruit should God’s Spirit be producing in us? (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Psalms 5:11-12; Matthew 5:9; James 5:7-8; Romans 12:10; Psalms 33:5; Luke 16:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:24; Acts 24:24-25).

• Does God give special gifts to those in His Church through His Spirit? (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 1 Corinthians 13:13).

Congratulations! You have now completed Lesson 9.

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What Next?

In lesson 10 we learn how those who receive the Holy Spirit are members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

We will study the scriptures that define the biblical Church of God and examine its purpose and mission.

In the meantime, to better understand this lesson, we recommend you read the following free booklets:

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