Our college group is spending a summer with Paul by reading through all his letters. We are tackling them a chapter a day. Every now and then I will post an encouraging word, explanation or meditation. Here is what I wrote today:
Love this verse!
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
As believers, we have an unveiled face, with our unveiled face we behold the glory of the Lord.
The glory of the Lord Paul is referring to is Christ. We see Jesus!
Not only do we see Jesus, but we are being transformed into the same image. As followers of Jesus, we should be more like him with every passing day. Paul uses the term “from one degree of glory to another.”
This is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. But how does that work happen? John Piper says we need to “behold glory”, but how do we behold the glory of Christ, when he isn’t present with us?
In 2 Peter, Peter describes his experience at the transfiguration, he uses words like seeing majesty and hearing the voice from Majestic Glory and yet after seeing and experiencing Christ in glory Peter says,
19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:19-21
Peter says what I experienced was amazing, but y’all we have the scriptures, the written word fully confirmed, pay attention to the word.
How do you behold the glory of Christ? How are you transformed from glory to glory?
By the Spirit of God transforming you into the image of Christ through the reading of scripture. The author of the Bible becomes the author of heart transformation in your life, by revealing the glory of Christ through the scriptures. Which highlights the importance of spending time in the word daily.