My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;
(2 Corinthians 3:15 NASB)
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
(2 Corinthians 3:16 NASB)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(2 Corinthians 3:17 NASB)
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)
Moses was the one person who met with God face to face. The glory
of God's presence was overwhelming and God's glory was reflected in
Moses' face after the meeting. The reflection was so bright that the
people couldn't stand to look at him and so they asked him to cover his
face with a veil. This he did and the veil remained, both physically and
figuratively. The people feared that closeness to God. They didn't
want to see God's glory in Moses' face, and nor did they want God's
glory to be revealed in the word. Instead, they wanted it all covered
up -- because that made it more palatable to them. But with the coming
of the Holy Spirit everything is changed. When a person turns toward
God, through the power of the Holy Spirit the veil is stripped away and
the Spirit draws that person toward God, giving them freedom and liberty
-- the kind that comes from participating in God through the Spirit.
The veil is removed and we want to look on the face of God. We don't
see the face of God directly, but we see the incarnation of God, in the
form of Jesus Christ -- he is the "image" of God. We are the mirrors
who are to reflect the image -- and as we draw closer to him we are ever
transformed moment by moment and from glory to glory as we participate
through the Spirit in God, who is infinite!
The journey with God is one of continuous transformation. Gregory
of Nyssa once said that if we are not moving forward, we are sinning.
The entire journey is one in which we are drawn closer to God and he is
continually transforming us along the way. There are moments along the
journey where significant changes are made in the Christian life. The
image in all of us has been lost as a result of sin. That image of
Christ which was to be in us -- it is lost. It is lost because we have
turned around and gone our own way. There is no way we can be a
reflection of Christ if we are not facing him! At the same time, God is
in his grace never, ever, turns his back on us. He is always reaching
out to us and calling us back to him.
When we do respond to him -- and we turn around -- we begin to walk
in his direction again. The image is restored, but may be a little
dusty and dirty from the journey. There is a moment in which the image
is cleaned up, the corruptions removed -- the mirror is scrubbed up by
the power of the Holy Spirit -- making it possible for a pure reflection
of the image. However, we must understand that this is only part of
the journey. Even when the mirror is clean, the reflection depends on
the proximity to the original. Therefore we are invited into this
journey "from glory to glory" as we climb ever higher in our journey
Paul was never satisfied that he had "made it" but instead,
constantly kept his face turned toward the goal, which was Christ
himself. This too must be the goal for our lives. To never stop
climbing. To never stop seeking to grow. To never stop being
transformed. To daily seek the glory of the Lord and his holy presence
in our lives.
Lord, thank you for your glory which draws us onward and upward. May we be faithful and obedient! Amen.