2 Corinthians 3: Seeing Clearly
“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 from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18, NASB
For 4000 years the gospel remained veiled behind promises, laws, symbols, and prophecies. At times, the chosen people looked into a world blanketed in a fog wondering when the glory of the Lord would appear. Where was God—When Egypt enslaved them? When their babies were murdered? When their bellies were empty? When armies surrounded them? When they were led away from their homes?
He was always their but hidden behind a veil of unbelief.
“But their minds were hardened;
for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant
the same veil remains unlifted,
because it is removed in Christ.”
2 Corinthians 3:14
A song from my teen years comes to mind as I read this—“I Can See Clearly Now,” written by Johnny Nash. If you want to hear it google it by title. I like the version sung by Jimmy Cliff. It’s not a religious song but its poetic message describes what happens when the veil of unbelief is lifted in Christ. We become the person seeing clearly God’s image and—
“being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…”
This transformation begins when the veil of unbelief gives way to saving faith. In that moment, the glory of God opens our blinded spiritual eyes to the glory of Jesus Christ in us.
“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come …
Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth …
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the exellencies of him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light …
Let your light shine before men in such a way
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24;1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 5:16;NASB)
This is the glory of Christ we bear now. Each step of transformation takes us closer to the final image of Christ which will be fully realized when we see Him.
- “Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is …
- As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly …
- For our conversation[citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working where by he is able even to subdue all things unto himself …
- Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
- And all flesh will see it together;
- For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:20,21;Isaiah 40:5; KJV)
Israel’s unbelief became our salvation. But our salvation has become Israel’s and all the world’s hope. For, in God’s wisdom, He has chosen us to bear the light of His glory to all as we are transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ. Christ came bearing the glory of the Father. Christ in us continues that work through us—His chosen vessels.
For Thought: What runs through your mind when you read you are chosen of God to bear His glory, His light into a dark world?
Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, by your power and wisdom, you have made us vessels of honor for your glory. May we remember each day you have made us in your likeness of righteousness, holiness, and truth. May we walk in the newness of life you have given us and proclaim your name to your glory. That others may see your glory, and the veil of unbelief be lifted from their eyes.