Letting Christ Transform You Into the Image of God From the Inside Out
Introduction
A Solid Foundation
What is Salvation?
Who is Jesus Christ?
What is the Bible?
What is the Word of God?
What is Truth?
What is God like?
Who am I?
Transforming Faith
Freedom from Darkness
Baptism
The Holy Spirit
The Kingdom of Light
Purpose of Jesus' Church
 
Introduction
One Year Bible
Fulfilling Relationships
Christian Trailblazers
For ICOC : Current and Former Members
 
Introduction
Christian Meditation
The Purpose of the Sabbath
False Worship
Encountering God Through Music
Encountering God Through His Creation
Encountering God Through Biblical Imagery
Encountering God Through Praise
Articles on Prayer
What is Metamorphosis?

Metamorphosis is a Greek word meaning transformation or transfiguration.

View photo gallery of butterfly metamorphosis

Most people associate metamorphosis with the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.  Eric Carle's children's book, The Hungry Caterpillar, illustrates this in great colorful detail.

Tips for parents:  If you want to see some creative ways to use The Very Hungry Caterpillar to teach your kids about transformation, visit http://www.eric-carle.com/bb-VHC.html

The process is as follows:

Caterpillar
  • The caterpillar starts its life out as an egg.
  • Then it becomes a caterpillar.
  • As a caterpillar its job is to eat and eat AND eat some more until it bursts out of its skin.
  • When it is mature, it stops eating and starts spinning a silken pad, called a chrysalis, all around itself.
  • Then it rests. During this special period of rest, dormant(sleeping) cells now become energized and turn into the wings, legs, eyes, and other parts of the adult butterfly.
  • It stays in this chrysalis for a long time. Some varieties stay inside for a whole year!chrysalis
  • When God determines that it is ready, the former caterpillar slowly bursts out of its silken pad and is now a butterfly. It no longer has to crawl, it can now fly!

God uses nature to teach us spiritual lessons.  I believe that the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one example of this.  As human beings, we are meant to grow: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  I have separated this website into 3 primary sections: Foundation, Journey, and Worship.  Likewise, I have defined three phases of spiritual growth:

monarch butterfly

  • Feeding Stage: Where we "take in" and "feed on" the scriptures, focusing on learning about God through Jesus. This is when our foundation is built.
  • Resting Stage: Where we digest what we have learned, meditate on God's character, stop to listen for His voice and start to trust Him and praise Him. This is where we learn what worship is. 
  • Activity Stage: After being fed, and after resting in God's presence, we will be empowered with a new perspective on life and will desire from deep within to make a difference in our world.  We will fly and God will be the wind beneath our wings.  This stage can be compared to the journey of a faithful Christian.  Our characters and personalities will be molded through hardship during this time.  We will learn to "exercise" our faith during these times and our "faith muscle" will become stronger and stronger.   If we had no struggles to overcome, our faith muscle would be flabby!

 

This is God's plan for us.  In Romans 8:29 it says that we are to be "conformed to the image of His son." To become like Christ is our ultimate goal! We will take our spiritual development with us when we leave our physical bodies and move on into the timeless spiritual realm. Our development is very very important.  That's why God won't always intercede to make life easy for us.  

However, unlike the butterfly, I believe that we experience the different phases over and over again throughout our Christian walk. 

I have some other scriptures for you to look up and study if this topic interests you.  There is an online Bible on this page at the bottom. 

Scripture references: Transparent Butterfly 1

  • Transformation of a person who has surrendered their life to Christ: 2 Co 3:18, 2 Co 4:16, Titus 3:5,
    Php 3:21, Ro 12:2
  • Transfiguration Mt 17:2, Mk 9:2
  • Change; 1 Co 15:5
  • Root Transformation:  Ezekiel 36:26-27,
    God says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.  I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  Transparent Butterfly 2
Online Bible