Scripture REFERENCE: Philippians 3:19-20
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
In the above scripture, Apostle Paul relays a question as to who in their midst had the power to change their vile bodies into bodies that reflected the glorious nature of Christ. Thus changing from one state to another. The Bible in the book of Corinthians reads,
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52)
The scripture reveals unto us that there is a level where we are supposed to reach, where we are transformed into His glorious body, so much so that, we are given the ability to subdue all things. The reason why the sun obeys Jesus, as well as the moon and the waters, is because of His glorious body. He takes form of superior divinity, to a level whereby, nature and all it entails is subject to His command.
The word, “vile” in the scripture reference, Philipians 3:20, means, “weak” or describes something of low profile. The Greek translation of the word is, “Tapeino,” which defines something of weak value.
Therefore, Apostle Paul, in the letter to the Philippians, was asking, “Who shall disguise our weak bodies, those in their weak state, to that of the level of Christ.” He later on answered this question when he said to us, “Put on Christ.” Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.(Romans 13:14) The only one to disguise our weak state in strength is Christ Himself.
In Mathew 17:2, we see the process of metamorphosis that took place when Jesus was transfigured in the mountain. The Bible tells us that His face was changed from one state to another. This change is what we call metamorphosis. The change, however, that is narrated in the book of Phillipians, is of a different kind. (Phillipians 3:20) The process of change that Paul talks about is derived from the Greek word, Metas-Scematizo.
The compound, “Metas” simply means “There.” Describing a location of events. And the compound, “Scematizo,” is the change that takes place when someone puts on a disguise. For example, you could be standing somewhere then you take a mask bearing my face. Though you may look like Major 1 on the outside, you are not him on the inside. When you undergo Metas-scematizo, therefore, you put on the image of Christ. Yes, the process of Scematizosis, is when you put on the face of Christ. You disguise yourself in His being, so much so that even when demons see you, all they see is God.
When they were going to capture Jesus Christ, the Roman authorities asked Judas how they would be able to distinguish Jesus from his company of disciples.
Judas responded by telling them that upon arrival, he would hug the one they called Jesus. This only goes to show that at that particular point in time, Jesus and all his disciples were looking alike. The twelve had taken on the disguise of their Master. (Scematizo)
Scematizo is also reiterated in the incident that took place in the tabernacle during the days of Eli. As the prophet Samuel was sleeping, the Bible tells us that he heard a voice calling out to him and being familiar with the voice, Samuel went to Eli and cautioned that he had heard his call. Eli sent him back telling him that it was not he who had called him. This happened three consecutive times, till Eli realized that it was God calling out for Samuel.
He told him that if he were to hear the voice again, he should just answer by saying, “Here I am Lord speak to me.”
Do you see that Scematizo had taken place? The voice of Eli sounded like the voice of God. The relationship between Eli and God was so strong to the extreme point that His words became the words of God.
The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31,
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength…”
The word ‘renew’ there is synonymous to the word, ‘exchange’. The prophet Isaiah was saying that we have the ability to exchange our own weak strength and take on the strength of God. The only way we can mount up on wings like eagles and soar high is when we exchange our strength with the strength of the Lord.
Joshua was another man who operated highly in Scematizo. The Bible tells us about a time when he went into battle and after realizing that they needed more daylight in order for them to finish off their fight, Joshua commanded the sun and the moon not to move. Accordingly, the sun and the moon didn’t move.
Science tells us that geographically, the sun does not rotate, it is the globe that rotates on its own axis. With that said, whether it was the sun or the globe that the Bible was referring to, all we know is that there was a stand still! The voice of Joshua was recognized as the voice of God, Scematizo!
Galatians 3:27, ”For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
The word baptize comes from the Greek word, “baptizo,” which means to die and come back to life. This is why, in the days of John the Baptist, when he would baptize people he would firstly immerse them in water then bring them out. Symbolizing death and a resurrected life. The basis of the entire process is to kill the flesh, die to self, then rise up to live for Christ. The idea of Scematizo is based on this understanding. When you undergo that type of change, you die to yourself and become alive to Christ!