Week Seven - Day Two
God shapes your Transformation
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.
In this section of Scripture, Paul was writing to the Corinthian church about how they (and we) are like priests of the Old Testament. One di erence, though, is how God has written his word on our hearts, but the law of the Old Testament was written on stone. Because of God’s work on our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we are growing ever more in the image of God! Contrast this to Moses (Exodus 34:29-35) whose face shone after being exposed to God, but his shining face gradually faded. 2 Corinthians 3:13 explains how Moses veiled his face because he didn’t want the Israelites to see the fading glory. Paul shows us that as the Spirit works in us, we continue to look more and more like “the glory of the Lord.” God didn’t just make a one-time investment into your life. Because he loves you, accepts you, and wants to transform you over time, his investment in you is everlasting in and through his Holy Spirit. He is with you all the time, guiding and directing you through every day, both the good and the bad events of life, and helping you to respond in ways that reflect God.
Because of the work Jesus completed on the cross, his followers are forgiven for their sin. However, they are not perfected yet and struggle between desires of the old self and pursuing the desires of the Spirit. (Paul writes much about this in Ro- mans 6-8.) 2 Corinthians 3:18 promises that God is working to transform us into the image of Jesus. We do not go through the transformation by ourselves or with our own power. What love! God accepts us through Jesus Christ and enables us through his Spirit to become more like him. This is something we cannot do alone, no matter how hard we try.
- Does knowing that God is in control of your transformation affect your willingness to participate with him in this work? How so?
- What fears or distrust do you have about God's ability to change you?
- Record your thoughts and share them with your family, friends, One Life or Discipleship Group this week.