GOD: ONE WITH US
The fact that Jesus Christ is the sovereign God of the universe should cause any sane person to fall down and worship Him; a reality to many in the Bible and history. There is, however, a truth that is equally staggering to the mind, and that is the fact that God became a man so that we might have an intimate fellowship with Him. Such association occurs from the time they receive Christ, but to a much greater extent upon entrance into heaven and eternity.
There is a word that is not used nearly enough in evangelical circles, and that word is identification. When God became a man, He identified with us. When a sinner places his trust in Christ alone for salvation, he is identified with Christ. The fellowship is only one part of God's plan for a race of people with whom He has and will give Himself. It is the part that involves intimacy, unity, and community. God is a trinity, a family, and man was made to be part of His family.
The other part of God's plan involves this word identification. To be identified with Christ means those characteristics that belong to Christ are given to us who believe in Him. "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21) Therefore, the sinless, holy, and pure being of the God who lives in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16), is recognized by God as it is placed to the sinner's account. Sanctification is fellowship, identification is judicial, carried out in the courtroom of God.
In fellowship and sanctification, a transformation takes place that changes the sinner into a saint. The word for transform in Romans 12:1, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." is a Greek word meaning metamorphosis. As a caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly, even so, is the wretched and ugly sinner changed into the very image of the living God in Christ.
The only reason a person thinks of his inner sinful self as beautiful is because he has never beheld Jesus Christ. When you see Jesus, you see the central character of the living God. You see love in all its glory, grace in all its unselfishness, forgiveness in all its self-sacrificing cost. Touch Jesus, and you've touched the face of God.