N.T. Glory-The Bride Of Christ-A Greater Than Solomon, A Greater Glory Than Moses





2Co 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

2Co 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

2Co 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

2Co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2Co 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.

Meyer:

There are two laws for Christian living: keep looking at Jesus until you become like Him, and beholding are changed into the same image; then reflect Him to others, and as you endeavour to reflect Him, the work of transformation goes on. "Tell me the company a man keeps, and I will tell you his character"; so runs the old proverb. We might go further and say, tell us what are the subjects of his habitual consideration--art, literature, theology, law, commerce, philanthropy--and we shall be able to anticipate the expression that will come upon his face.

If we desire to be pure and good, Christ-like and God like, we must live in fellowship with Christ; beholding and reflecting His glory, even the lowliest and most sinful may become changed into His image. How different to Moses is the unveiled glory of Christ. Let us beware of anything that might bring a veil between Him and us, and nothing will so soon do this as sin, and inconsistency. Moses wist not that his face shone, and Samson wist not that the Lord had departed from him (Jdg_16:20). There is a tragic as well as a blessed unconsciousness. Let us see to it that we watch and pray, that we may not be taken unawares, and deprived of our purity and strength whilst wrapt in unconsciousness.

We long to be holy as Thou art holy; to love as Christ also loved us; to be patient and murmuring as He was, and so to resemble Him that men may love Him for what they see of His likeness in us. AMEN.

I will repeat verse 18, for that is the message.

2Co 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.

Reader are you being changed into the image of Christ. Thomas Kempis Book, " The image of Christ" a good read, often quoted, but lacking in many ways, for his wisdom is not that of one born again, and one must be born again to be made new spiritually, Kempis was not, he was a Catholic Monk. You , me, we all should be , if we are born again, being taken from Glory to glory. Are you progressing from that Glory to more glory, deeper in the things of our lord?

Vrs 18, clearly says we should be going from this blessed glory to glory, as we are being changed into the very same image of Jesus. The key is the last part of verse 18, by the spirit of the lord. We can not do it, the Holy Spirit can, He will and is waiting. The spirit comes to testify of Christ, not himself, and not us, his job is to teach, comfort, intercede ( Rom Ch 8 ), empower us to serve and live holy, He sanctifies us, and He takes us from this glory to more glory.

Have you settled for just enough Glory, the glory of the lords presence, the image of Jesus, are you at the place where you are satisfied with who you are in Jesus? You should not be, why? We should be going to another place of intimate worship and experience with our living lord. The measuring rod is the word, the duty, prayer, worship, study, service to God and others. Think about this, you and me are to shine, the light that is not hidden under a bush, but shine, shine shine.!

This shine should be a reflection of our lord. Imagine you are the moon. The moon has no light, it is a large rock, round, but it reflects the sun and seems to have light, that's what we are. Take away the SON, and we do not shine at all. Reflections of his glory, his light, his will. We are but dead flesh, doomed to hell if it were not for grace. When we are in a place of satisfaction with where we are at, and who we are, it will only be a matter of time. Fellowship with our lord in prayer will be broken, or weakened, and soon we will see, we are nothing, just sinners, just flesh, we have no light at all. This drives us back to the presence of our lord. Holy repentance, come lord Jesus, come and shine, you alone have the words of eternal life, you alone are the giver of the Holy Spirit.

May we always feel as King David, when he wrote, " As the deer panteh after the water brook, so my soul panteh after thee oh lord". A Holy UN-satisfaction is needed, we want to be more like Jesus, we pant, thirst after more of our lords divine presence, than we will be taken from Glory to a new Glory, bolder, wiser, more loving, more radiant. 


We will not want a Vail over us, we should want to shine for our lord, we are his mouth, his hands, his feet, his eyes, his image, to a dead and dying world. Arise and shine, for the glory of the lord is upon you. Arise today, and shine, it is time to go from where you are into a deeper, fuller place of the lords divine Glory.

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