“To this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3: 14,16-18; 4:6
Since Jesus died and opened the way for us to approach God, through His blood and the torn veil, we are now being transformed into His image. Created in God’s image, all humans reflect aspects of His character–we have eternal souls, we exercise will, we have dominion over the earth. And when we are in Christ by His grace, His Spirit sanctifies us, ‘fitting us for heaven’ even as He transforms us from one degree of glory to another here on earth. This passage can read that we are ‘beholding’ HIs glory, or ‘reflecting’ it; certainly as we gaze, we absorb and reflect Him. It is He Who shines in our hearts the light of the knowledge of His glory, and light in us cannot help but ooze out and be reflected in our faces, our manner, our outlook. (Genesis 1:26,27; Psalm 8:5-8)
“Finish then Thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before Thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.” ~Charles Wesley (1747)
Lord Christ, You are in me my hope of glory. Keep sanctifying me, that I may be a clear reflection of You. Identify and remove all that would obstruct Your work in me and Your light to others: self-serving agenda, neglect of time with You, sloth, prioritizing other loves above You. May the hope of heaven and seeing You face to face be my impetus to yield daily to Your transforming power. May Your light in me so shine that others see and glorify You, my Father in heaven. (Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:2-3; Matthew 5:16)