2 Corinthians 3:18
“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”.
It is with great joy and privilege to share with us today — I sincerely appreciate God and everyone who made it possible. God bless you.
Let us pray: Holy Spirit of God, you are the greatest teacher, we submit ourselves to you and ask that you open us up to depths in your Word. Speak to us specifically and cause your glorious light to shine in our lives pulling men to you in Jesus name — Amen!
By the help of Holy Spirit of God, I’ll be sharing from, 2 Corinthians 3:18 “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”.
When I first came across this Scripture, I didn’t understand what it meant until the Spirit of God unveiled it to me. The scripture says: “We all with open face beholding as in a glass” — let’s examine this, when we stand before a mirror, we see a clear reflection of ourselves — no one goes to the mirror blindfolded; but with an open face — however, the Scripture (2 Corinthians 3:18) says that we are beholding the glory of the Lord whilst at the mirror. One may rightly ask, what is this mirror we use in beholding the glory of the Lord? It is the Word of God and its contained in the Bible.
When a man stands before a mirror all he sees is his reflection, but when we stand with God’s mirror, His Word, we don’t see a reflection of who God has created us to be. We are changed as we look at the mirror continually. I’ll need us to understand this clearly. Before a natural mirror we are the same, all we see is our reflection and make the necessary adjustment but viewing ourselves from the mirror of God’s Word, we are changed — you don’t see your reflections — you’ll begin to see glorious things about yourself you never knew was in you. The good news is as you behold yourself via God’s Word, you will not only experience positive changes, but you’ll change from one level of glory to another by the Spirit of the Lord.
Looking again at the later part of our focus Scripture, a person can be changed from one level of glory to another. However if you don’t make yourself available to stand before the ‘Word’, there’s no way you’ll experience that glorious change. The glories are in levels and the extent to which you make yourself available would determine the level of His glory that would be revealed to you and in you.
Beloved of God, now you know that the mirror is the Word of God. With it we see who we are in Christ and also discover things we never knew about ourselves — we also change levels from one dimension of glory to the other via the same Word, hence we can’t afford to play with the Word. Jesus speaking in John 6:63 (NIV) — “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing: the words I have spoken to you; they are full of the Spirit and life.” The word is full of life.
As I round up, I would like to share a story with us: A young boy was wondering why his Grandmother always studies the Bible and asked her why she’s so committed to studying the Word of God. His words: “Grandmother, why don’t you take a break from your Word study — as a matter of fact, I have not seen you experience any mega change in your life, we still live in the same old hut like everyone else — of what importance is studying the Bible?” Grandmother smiled and respond: “I will answer you, but first and foremost, please take this basket (pointing to her farming basket), go to the stream to fetch me some water”. The boy was perplexed knowing fully well that a basket would not hold any water, however he didn’t want to argue with her; hence he went to the stream — after his inability to fetch any water with the basket, he pondered why Grandmother would ask him to use a basket and then returned home to say: “Grandmother, the basket couldn’t hold any water!” She smiled and asked him to please go again — he went and came back being disappointed — it didn’t end there, she asked him to go for the third time, at this point he concluded: “this may be a punishment for me, I should just have allowed Grandmother to study her Bible”. Returning the third time with the same outcome, he asked: “should I go again?” She smiled and said: “hand over the basket to me — what did you notice about the basket?” In his confused state, he said nothing — only that the basket could not hold any water and I knew that even before you sent me to the stream with it. Grandmother smiled and said: “when you picked up this basket, it was dirty as I hadn’t cleaned it after returning from the farm, however now it is very clean. He paused and looked at her surprisingly; she spoke further and said when you returned the first time with the basket, it wasn’t all that clean hence I asked you to go to the stream again — the second time, it was good than the first time, but I wanted it better hence asked you to go for the third time and indeed you came back was my expectations met! The lad was trying to comprehend the situation but he couldn’t and then Grandmother explained: “The Word of God is like water, the more we wash ourselves with it the cleaner we become”. You can’t be satisfied with one wash alone. You may not look clean at first but when you wash yourself continually with God’s Word, it will be evident that you are changed by the Word — now you know why I give myself to studying the Word tirelessly.
I tell you, this story validates Ephesians 5:26 indeed God’s Word has the ability to wash us clean. I trust that you have been blessed thus far. Let’s stay with the word and in the process, the Spirit of God would reveal Himself, and open us up to new dimensions of glory.
Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer. We started our teachings with prayer and we shall also conclude by praying:
“Dear Jesus, we thank you for teaching us your Word today, thank you for opening our eyes to see that when we stand before the mirror of your Word, our lives change and rather than seeing our ordinary reflections, we’ll begin to see your glory reflecting in our lives. What a wonderful gift you’ve given to us. We ask for the grace to continually dwell with your Word at all times in Jesus name — Amen!
Remain Ever Blessed.