Seeing Glory

2 Corinthians 3: Seeing Clearly

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“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.

The Glory of the Lord

2 Corinthians 3: The Glory of the Lord

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The early morning fog veiled the view from her window. The sun hid behind the gray curtain. It mirrored the heartache of the young woman’s soul. Why did it have to be this way? A tear slid down her cheek. She shut her eyes. Where are you, God? All who have suffered life’s hard challenges can identify with the young woman. What keeps us going forward? This week’s scripture holds our hope, our strength to continue.

This Week’s Scripture:

“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

A hint of light filtered through the young woman’s closed eyes. She glanced towards the morning sky. The sun had risen above the treetops lifting the fog and chasing away the mist. Surrounded by wispy gray clouds a blue lake illuminated the sun’s brightness, it’s glory ignited hope in her heart.

For Thought: Where do you look for hope when life’s hard challenges overwhelm you?

Our Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we have seen your glory, your beauty, your goodness in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When pushed to the limit, help us remember to look to you who are limitless in glory, power, and strength and know you are working your glory in us and through us.

How Will You Respond?

“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Matt. 12:42.

Some say Solomon is a portrayal of the wisdom of Christ.

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men…And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five…And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.” 1Kings 4:29-34.

Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Did all his wisdom go to his head rather than remain in his heart?  I leave that discussion for another time, possibly when we get to Ecclesiastes. Solomon’s wisdom  came as a glorious gift from the Lord God. But even it could not compare with the glory of the temple.blog temple

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that  the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD…

Solomon’s Response:You can find Solomon’s complete prayer in 1Kings 8 and 2Chron. 6.

And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven; and he said,

LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart…

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded…”

The shekinah glory of God filled the house giving Israel a glimpse of the glory that was to come.

Jesus Response:

“But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple…” Matt. 12:6;

Daniel saw him in a night vision.

“…behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given to him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13,14.

Daniel’s Response:

“…As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.” Dan. 7:28.

John, the Revelator, saw a glimpse of the risen Christ in his glory as King ,Conqueror, and the temple. (Scriptures found in Rev. 1, 19, and 21).

“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,

clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;

and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;

and his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he had in his right hand seven stars;

and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:

and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength…

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;

and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;

and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:

and his name is called The Word of God…And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:

for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

John’s Response:

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead…” Rev. 1:17.

We, too, have beheld the glory of Christ, at least partially.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:

that the world  may believe that thou has sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one…

I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am;

that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”(From John 17).

Our Response:

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth…Phil. 2:9,10.

If not now, when?

What might your response be when you see Jesus in the fullness of his glory?