Gal. 4:19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you..
Have you ever been morphed? If you are a real Christian, that is exactly what is happening to you. You are being changed by the power of God into something quite different from what and who you were. He is making all things new as you are being changed. In this verse you can feel Paul’s love for his spiritual sons and daughters in Galatia. They had been misled by false teachers and Paul was gently calling them back into the truth of the gospel. You can feel his compassion as he speaks about travailing in prayer. What is the point of Paul’s appeal? He is praying that Christ would be formed in them. After all, Christ was Paul’s message. Christ in us was the mystery of the riches of the glory that Paul reached every where he went. He knows that the very essence of the Christian life is Christ, having Christ formed in us is essential on many level. Vine’s word study book helps clarify Paul’s meaning as he spoke of Christ being “formed” in us.
“‘formed’ refers, not to the external and transient, but to the inward and real; it is used in Gal.z 4:19, expressing the necessity of a change in character and conduct to correspond with inward spiritual condition, so that there may be moral conformity to Christ.”
What an amazing truth. The change that happens to our very nature is not human and is not generated by human will power. The very essence of our Christian life is spiritual. It is actually the life of God in the soul of man. Christ makes His home in our hearts and actually changes us. Christ is formed in us, He begins to express His very nature in us. We begin to take on the characteristics of our Lord. What would that be like? He is kind, patient, generous, holy, long suffering, loving, joyful, and relentless in the pursuit of God’s kingdom.
Here are various translations of Galatians 4:19 and their different emphasis on Paul’s powerful words.
NEB- till you take the shape of Christ
Message- Christ’s life becomes visible in your life
Expanded- you truly become like Christ
Barclay- until the nature of Christ be brought to birth within you
The Voice- until the Liberating King is formed completely in you
Amp. Until Christ is completely and permanently formed(molded) in you
Living- until the time when you will finally be filled with Christ
TCNT- till a likeness of Christ shall have been formed in you
Good News – until Christ’s nature is formed in you
So let me ask you again, have you been morphed? If you are walking with God you are being changed into another person. He is not making minor adjustments, He is performing a drastic overhaul. You are being drastically transformed into someone different. How different would that be? You are being changed into the very likeness of Christ Himself.