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Conformed to the image of his Son

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By Greg Dumas

In 1501, a young, 25 year-old, Michelangelo began work on his 17 foot-tall sculpture of David. It was his belief that the sculptural image is found within the block of stone, much as the human soul is found within the physical body. I had read that when he was sculpting that magnificent work, Michelangelo made the statement that David was concealed within the marble all the time. The left cheek of his face was already revealed and all he, the sculptor, had to do was to chip away the stone until he exposed the rest of David’s body.  
“The greatest artist has no single concept which a rough marble block does not contain already in its core …” wrote Michelangelo in a sonnet. The artist-creator, must discover, “concealed in the hard marble of the North, the living figure one has to bring forth.”     In actuality, the raw marble was made to conform to the image he held in his mind’s eye.
In a sense, the above process is similar to that which our God works with us. The apostle Paul, writing in Romans 12:2, penned the following words;


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