Image of God - 2 Corinthians 3:18

Verse of the Day - Day 14

Image of God - 2 Corinthians 3:18 - Verse of the Day
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Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 3:18
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. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Image of God

The Apostle Paul gave a description here of the new life of freedom all believers experience in Christ.

Our transformation into the image of God is a work of the Spirit that has ever-increasing, expanding glory.

If we truly desire to be a reflection of God's glory, we must take off the veil and look at ourselves in the mirror with all honesty. This, in itself, is the definition of freedom. As Christians, we are now free to be ourselves. We no longer need to hide behind a veil. As we begin to see ourselves as we truly are, and likewise behold the glory of God, the Holy Spirit can do his work of transforming us.

Little by little the Spirit of the Lord is changing us to become more and more like Jesus Christ. If that doesn't blow your mind, maybe this will: We are going "from one degree of glory to another." This means, as time goes by, we are being transformed into higher degrees of glory.

Don't expect to be a spiritual giant like Paul at the end of your first week as a new believer. We learn, grow, and mature in our relationship with God only over time.

The important things is to keep looking into the mirror daily. Stay real with God and let him change you from within. Don't try to rush the process, but don't slow it down either.

Oswald Chambers said, "Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God.

Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian’s life is to learn how to keep 'beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.'"

What exactly is this glory? The Message Bible explains it like this:

When finally we come into his presence we will participate in his glory; we too will be glorified. The ‘glory of God’ vividly summarizes, in a phrase, all the end-time blessings God will bestow upon his people. This is the hope of God’s people.

(Sources: Omanson, R. L., & Ellington, J. (1993). A handbook on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (p. 70). New York: United Bible Societies; Barnett, P. (1988). The message of 2 Corinthians: power in weakness (p. 72). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.)

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