Changed into His Image
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty. 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 3:17-18)
A famous Bible expositor has beautifully described the above passage as
We have the glorious promise that the more we by faith look upon, meditate
upon, and understand our Lord Jesus Christ, the more clearly we see Him
and become like Him: . . . The revelation of Christ for which our souls
thirst, thrills us increasingly as we more clearly understand who He is
in all His fullness and what He accomplished to reconcile us to Himself.
Something of His glorious person becomes more revealed as we worship at
This is part of the destiny that God the Father had planned for us when
He called us, not so?
To become more and more like the Person whose Name we claim.
As we know, we were called according to God's purpose1 and to
answer it we are to study God's word, searching therein as for hidden treasure,
and listening for the noiseless Holy Voice inside, prompting us.
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise
unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for
thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word
above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and
strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the
work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth
after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit
faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down
into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in
thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I
lift up my soul unto thee.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is
good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy
name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
This may be the "only" mission that we are called upon to do, and it may
be the best way for us to learn what God requires of us - whether this
is our full destiny in Christ Jesus or whether we are asked, as Jesus was,
to perform some other duty.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down
at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such
contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint
in your minds.
We are called according to God's purpose, but He shall only reveal that
purpose if we are willing, nay, eager to do what our loving Heavenly Father
asks of us.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow
ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have
lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through
nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the
wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes
of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to
us of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:5-12)
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
(1 Corinthians 9:27)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether
present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done
in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be
good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in
your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give
you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer
them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
(2 Corinthians 5:8-12)
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end
he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our
Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men,
apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
(2 Timothy 2:24-25)
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the
ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for
a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
(1 Peter 2:15-16)
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh
to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:2)
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ;
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 You have a Destiny in Christ Jesus
*David's Psalm of praise.* I will extol thee, my God, O king; and
I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and
I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and
greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation
shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I
will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will
declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great
goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious,
and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is
good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All
thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They
shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make
known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his
kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion
endureth throughout all generations. The LORD upholdeth all that
fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all
wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest
thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is
righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is
nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their
cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but
all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the
LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.