Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Image Is Everything

“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 CSB)

Have you ever been driving down a road or street you’ve driven a thousand times, only to notice something you never noticed before, though it’s always been there? Sometimes that is the way with Scripture. We may read a verse or verses we’ve read over and over, and then suddenly the Spirit of God shows you something that was always there, but you never noticed it before.

In the verses above, Paul has been talking about the glory on the face of Moses following his intense, personal encounters with the God of glory, and how Moses used to put a veil over his face after these encounters so people would not see the fading glory. That action was more for the people than for Moses, since they were all frightened by what they saw.

Paul says that our faces are unveiled, and that is because the glory of God is us never fades. The reason it does not is because the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and it is the freedom from the tyranny of sin that the Holy Spirit gives us that produces this glory in our faces. Our faces reflect the glory of the God who has set us free. And now, we are constantly being transformed into the same image of the Lord of glory.

This transformation is worthy of an “Amen!” This is what causes our hearts to soar with gratitude and joy. We are not now what we once were. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, and He is in us. Our transformation, though sometimes challenging and painful, is nonetheless wondrous. And it isn’t always challenging and painful. It is also deeply rewarding, and a joyous experience. And we receive it with humility and eternal gratitude to God for what He is doing in us.

Lord, All glory and honor to You! Amen.

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