Monday, January 23, 2006

Mirroring His Character

2 Corinthians 3:18
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a morror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."

The truth is now, glory has fully been made known in Christ Jesus. Building up to this verse in 2 Corinthians is the truth that the old covenant established through the Law of Moses was one in which the glory came and faded; it was covenant established through words written on stone tablets, not through the Spirit written on human hearts (see 2 Cor. 3:1-17; Exodus 20:1-18; 34:29-35). The glory that shone on the face of Moses was fading and the veil served as a covering to keep the sons of Israel from looking intently upon it (2 Cor. 3:13), which may have stirred up doubt in their hearts and minds toward God.

"But now, with unveiled face..." Important to know in this chapter is that the Spirit brings to our lives testimony and truth of the Living God dwelling inside of us. We are not only fully glorified with Christ positionally, but we are daily being transformed into His image, from glory to glory.

This is not written on paper or on stone; this is not something for the world to look at, tear up, or destroy with its hands. Instead, this is written on the human heart, through the power of the Spirit, bringing life eternal.

The new covenant is in Christ Jesus and because His glory never fades, nor shall our confidence in this covenant fade. It is everlasting as He is everlasting.

Therefore, with unveiled face, "beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord" meaning we, with His Spirit, reflect the character of Christ. When I look in the mirror of my heart I see His character--His glory--beaming back at me. This is positional, but does not always manifest itself in our daily lives. Here, we face an enormous challenge as followers of Christ.

Having an unveiled face begins before the Lord. I must be willing to go before God, hiding behind nothing, in order for His glory to shine upon me. I must submit myself to the power of His Holy Spirit, who reveals His glory in my life. Only when we first go before Him will His glory then shine through us, allowing others to see the true character of Christ.

By His Grace...For His Glory

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:54 PM

    another great entry. i love you buddy.


    msg

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  2. Anonymous4:35 PM

    dude, i can tell you read my utmost for his highest.

    i went through it a few years ago and every now and then i pick it back up and reflect on that day's message. i read the one for 1.23 and it really hit home with me, and then here it is written about here too.

    that verse is so powerful and so laden with truth. i too often put my trust and dependence on people and staying busy and organized that i miss being real and open and honest with God. anyways, thanks for the post.

    josh couni

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