“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). This verse says that you and I can share the image of Jesus Christ and go “from glory to glory” through the ministry of the Spirit of God!
Under the Old Covenant, only Moses ascended the mountain and had fellowship with God; but under the New Covenant, all believers have the privilege of communion with Him. Through Jesus Christ, we may enter into the very holy of holies, and we don’t have to climb a mountain!
The “mirror” is a symbol of the Word of God. As we look into God’s Word and see God’s Son, the Holy Spirit transforms us into the very image of God. It is important, however, that we hide nothing from God. We must be open and honest with Him and not “wear a veil.”
The word translated changed is the same word translated transfigured in the accounts of our Lord’s transfiguration (Matthew 17; Mark 9). It describes a change on the outside that comes from the inside.
Moses reflected the glory of God, but you and I may radiate the glory of God. When we meditate on God’s Word and in it see God’s Son, then the Spirit transforms us! We become more like the Lord Jesus Christ as we grow “from glory to glory.” This wonderful process cannot he achieved by keeping the Law. The glory of the Law faded away, but the glory of God’s grace continues to increase in our lives.
Verse: Meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:18 in a translation other than the King James Version as rendered above.
Read: Hebrews 10:19-20; James 1:22-25; Mark 9:1-8.
Action assignment: List characteristics of Jesus that you would like in your life; talk to God about your becoming more Christlike.
Warren W. Wiersbe