Tonight I have to share one of my favorites:
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)
There’s so much to love here.
We can behold God’s glory!
Back in the day (Israel’s day), people believed they could not look at the Lord’s face or they would die. So God showed up in the burning bush or made Moses turn his back. He came via theophanies, in a pillar of fire or smoke. He hid Himself in the Holy of Holies. But men did not see His face.
But we get to! Sure, it’s not THE face, but it’s an intimate look at who He is, a look that was hidden from Israel. We don’t have to wear veils anymore!
And we will not die when we look! Why? Christ died for us!!
In the Psalms reading tonight (106:23), it says that Moses stood between God and Israel so that the people would not be destroyed by God’s wrath (because of the golden calf). Moses had a closer view of God than the people, and He stood between God and them to stop the wrath, a foreshadow of Jesus.
We are being transformed!
However, Moses’ glory faded. The law showed Israel what to do, but it did not empower the people to obey. So the law’s glory only lasted so long (thanks ESV Study Bible for that insight).
But our glory increases year after year. We have more than the law. We have the Spirit who transforms our hearts and changes our lives.
Boy, does that convict me. Do others see a transformation in me? I hope so!! God promises so!
Transformed into His glorious image!
We were made in His image, yet the fall scratched that reflection all up. The image became marred. Sometimes it’s barely visible. However, by God’s common grace, we see hints of His glorious image in others, sometimes daily, even in nonbelievers (and sadly it may be more pronounced in nonbelievers than those who claim to follow Jesus).
But through the Cross, our sin was removed, replaced by Jesus’ righteousness. Deep inside where the Spirit dwells, where our new nature has taken root, we are re-created in God’s image.
And this re-creation is even more glorious than the original image – because more of God’s image was revealed on the Cross: more love, more grace, more mercy, more justice.
And we have that glorious image in our Spirits.
Over time and through repentance, that which is our core new nature rises to the surface, revealed in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
To the onlooker, we ARE being transformed from one glory to another, until the day when we see Jesus face to face, until the day that we behold God’s complete glory.
And on THAT day, we will fully reflect His image.
Wow. Amen and amen.
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 13:1-14:32, Psalm 106:19-23, Proverbs 25:6-8, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)