From Glory To Glory
Thursday, August 25th, 2016
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18
Now what is the goal of the Christian life? What is it we are to become?
In Rom 8:29, we learn what is the ultimate goal of our Christian life as pre-determined by God, It is simply to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus.
How does one become like Jesus? The passage above teaches us how it is possible to reach that ultimate goal. It reveals three important insights that we are to carefully consider in order to become like Jesus from glory to glory.
- The Christian Life Is One Of Transformation
We all are being ‘transformed’ which means to change into another form or to transfigure. The word ‘transform’ comes from the Greek word ‘metamorphoo’ which we use to describe the process of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. We who believe in Jesus’ baptism and death that fulfills God’s Righteousness, likewise are to undergo a transformation.
In the text above ‘we all’ means transformation is for ALL believers and not just for a select few. We are to be transformed into the image of Jesus gradually from glory to glory. It does not happen all at once but it involves a progressive growth process in a believer’s life. A Christian life is not static but a dynamic process in which changes are to take place. When transformation is not taking place, something is adversely wrong. It may be a failure to understand that transformation evolves by grace through faith apart from works in a believer’s life.
- Transformation Come By Beholding
‘With unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror….’ We must remember the context of Paul’s word to appreciate his point. He alludes to how Moses out of necessity put on a veil on his face to prevent the people from seeing the glory of God fading away. However, our transformation takes place as we ‘behold’ the glory of God with an unveiled face. In fact, our faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection sets us free to look upon the Lord’s glory without any hindrance.
Beholding suggests an act of rumination, contemplation and meditation. It is not merely a momentary glance. Thus, a believer in God’s Righteousness is required to ruminate if transformation is to take place. Sadly, our fast paced life style often hinders the faith of affirmation and contemplation in Christ’s baptism and death that is needed to adequately ‘behold’ the glory of the Lord. The glory of the Lord speaks of His sacrificial life, baptism, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and the current reign as our Eternal King and Everlasting High Priest.
- Transformation Comes By The Spirit Of The Lord
‘….just as by the Spirit of the Lord’ reminds us of the role of the Spirit in the process of ‘beholding’. We cannot transform ourselves by sheer determination, grit and personal will. The ministry of the Spirit is to glorify Jesus by inspiring us through God’s Word by relating how Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be baptized, die and rise up again to live in and through us. As we contemplate on the Word of salvation, inevitably we are beholding the glory of the Lord by virtue of what he has done for us through His righteous act. The veil is not only taken away but we are also liberated from sin, old Law, Satan and death as we continue to uphold the Word of Righteousness for our transformation.
Dear friends, let us at NCCkl, be reminded that our Christian life is one that involves a supernatural transformation in which we are being ‘renewed’. Our renewal is to become more and more like Jesus!
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