There may be no creature and no natural process in God’s creation that better illustrates spiritual new birth than the metamorphosis a caterpillar undergoes to be changed into a butterfly — it is transformed into a whole new creature. Caterpillars are terrestrial, bound to this world; butterflies fly through the heavens. Caterpillars are mundane in appearance; each butterfly has unique patterns on its beautiful wings and is a glorious masterpiece of art. Where a caterpillar eats vegetation, butterflies drink the sweet nectar of flowers. Caterpillars are asexual; butterflies are designed to reproduce. The eyes of a caterpillar can only distinguish between light and darkness; butterflies have compound eyes with thousand of distinct hexagonal receptors and which offer a 180 degree field of vision. The wings of a butterfly also serve as solar panels to heat the wing muscles of the cold-blooded insect. What precipitates a caterpillar’s total transformation into a butterfly? All he does is eat — an average caterpillar will gains 3,000 times its own body weight in two weeks’ time. The applications to the spiritual plane are abundant. No wonder then that the ancient Greek word for butterfly is ψυχή (psȳchē), which also means soul. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17

Thanks to Daniel Stephen Courney

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And sanctification is also a metamorphosis (II Cor.3:18)



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