Five principles to promote spiritual transformation

This summer I have been studying through the prophets and the Gospels and have derived these five principles to promote spiritual transformation from these texts.

Deeper revelation of God leads to deeper understanding of our sin. Isaiah 6:1-6

As Isaiah was called and God revealed his glory his response was to worship and acknowledge his unworthiness, and being unclean.

Our God is able and sovereign Daniel. 3:16-18

When faced with death for not conforming to the world Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stayed faithful to God and were certain God was powerful to save them but their faith was not dependent on their safety, they would worship him no matter the outcome.

True love and forgiveness depend on the forgiver not the forgiven. Hosea 3:1-3

Just as Hosea was the acting force in reconciliation with his wife, God takes action in reconciling us to Him. His elective love brings about reconciliation.

Mans intentional sin can be used for God’s eventual good. Jonah 1:11-16

Even when we sin, God is sovereign and can use our mess to do his will. The situation Jonah caused by sinning resulted in the pagan fishermen coming to know God. Here we also see repentance resulting in salvation, while there still being consequences for sin. God sent the storm as a loving father correcting his child, which brought about repentance, then God saved him from drowning Jonah still had to suffer three days in the belly of a fish.

Our Identity and God’s love for us precede our works.  Matt 3:17
God affirms him as His Son and he is well pleased with Him.  God’s love and being pleased with Jesus precedes His work.  This is normative for God’s character but here even Jesus is affirmed not because of His works, but His identity as God’s Son, then works proceed after God’s affirmation.