“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.” 2 Corinthians 3: 18
My husband and I are in the process of adopting a little pumpkin. Part of the adoption process involves online education. In one part of the education we are taught about affect, or facial expressions. We learned about an adoption related phenomenon in which the facial expressions of children begin to look like those of their parents, even to the point that the children actually begin to physically resemble their parents despite not being a biological child. The more time they spend with their parents, the more they look like their parents. The parent’s smile becomes the child’s smile, the parent’s look of surprise becomes the child’s look of surprise.
So how do we as Christians become more like our Father? 2 Corinthians 3: 18 says that we are transformed into the image of the Lord by beholding His glory with unveiled face. What does it mean to behold His glory with unveiled face? The phrase unveiled face refers to how we look at the Bible. Before we believe in Jesus the purpose of the Bible is to show us our sin so that we will realize our need for the salvation that comes through Christ alone.
When we turn to the Lord we have the veil lifted. We begin to view the Law of the Lord not as a rule book, but as a description of our Lord. We begin to see that every command, story, psalm, etc. finds its origin and fulfillment in Jesus Christ. We see that the righteousness we were not able to achieve by our own strength has been freely given to us by the One who is truly righteous. It is in seeing this glory that our hearts our changed. As we spend time with the Lord, meditating on His glory, we begin to love others like the Lord has loved us. We begin to extend grace to others as our Lord has extended grace to us. His heartbeat becomes our heartbeat as we are changed into the same image from one degree of glory to another!
Lord, today, reveal your glory to me so that I will be transformed into your image. Lord may I walk like you and talk like you so that the whole world will know how GOOD you truly are!
A repost: This explanation of transformation by the Grace of Jesus Christ is one that is near and dear to my heart. Published in January of 2013, I read it and remembered that it is only by Grace that I am who I am today. Thank You Erin Warford for such a profound explanation of the revelation of our Savior through out the Bible. -Carissa Hardage, My Journey of Faith Magazine Editor