DO WE REFLECT THE GLORY OF GOD
There are many books of the Bible that are absolutely glorious. There is so much good stuff in the Holy Bible, I do not think I can say one scripture is my favorite over another, however I sure love 2 Corinthians 3 and 4. So what I am going to do is type these short Books of the Bible, and then I will share what the Lord has shared with me. I will precede this with 2 Corinthians 2:17 which says: For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. Again, as always, as you read the following, please ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, and know that Jesus is my Lord, to the Glory of God the Father we do it all.
2 Cor 3: 1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?
2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
6 Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,
8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.
11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech---
13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.
14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains un-lifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Cor 4 1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every manís conscience in the sight of God.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is in the image of God, should shine on them.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesusí sake.
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed---
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus Christ, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesusí sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ďI believed and therefore I spoke,Ē we also believe and therefore speak,
14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
There is so much meat in these thirty six verses; I do not even know where to start. I am still digesting what I just typed and Iíve read this particular scripture many, many times. This scripture is so deep, maybe I shouldnít write on it. Just kidding. Please guide me dear Holy Spirit as I write about the glory that is here if we open our hearts and eyes to see. I love You Lord; please make Your words my words as I try to write about what my humble interpretation.
2 Corinthians 3:1-3 is challenging. We donít need letters of commendation written on tablets or pretty paper because we have the Spirit of the living God who has written in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 tells us that all of our trust and sufficiency comes from God through Jesus Christ. It goes on to say that as ministers of the new covenant it is not the letter of the law but the Spirit that gives life. But now it gets deep as we look at verses 7 through 18. The ministry of death, which was written and engraved on stones, the Ten Commandments, was glorious. Whenever Moses would enter into the presence of God, he would have the glory of God on his countenance, and this glory was so bright that the children of Israel could not look at his face, and as time would pass this glory would fade away. Moses would enter into Godís presence, his body would be covered with the glory of God, and Moses would have to cover his face with a veil so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. As the passage said, ďFor if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in gloryĒ. Moses had no glory in himself, but was covered with the glory after being in the presence of God. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
The ministry of the Spirit will be more glorious, because the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, believers in Jesus Christ, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. As we draw closer and closer to God; renouncing the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, we will begin to reflect the glory of God that lies within us. As the walls of shame and sin are torn away from surrounding our spirit, and we are transformed into Godís image by the Spirit of the Lord, we are transformed into His image from glory to glory. When we look into a mirror, what we should see is the glory of the Lord. Verses 4:3-6 goes on to say that if someone does not understand it is because they are perishing. The gospel is veiled to those whose minds the god of this age has blinded. The people who are perishing do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. These people have been blinded by Satan so that they cannot see the glory of God, and many times they do not even want to see the glory of God. For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Have you ever looked at a person who is filled with the Spirit of the Lord? The light of the Lord shines out from within them. Have you ever been in the presence of a person so filled with the glory of God, that when you finished talking to him or her, you are not be able to tell if it was a man or woman you just spoke with, or you have not been able to tell if the person was black, brown, yellow, white or orange? This is when you know you have just been in the presence of a person of God. God wants us to reflect His glory that is within us.
My kids asked me one time what color God was. I told them God was all colors because He loved all of us. Then as I thought through my answer, I had to change my answer to my children. God couldnít be all colors, He must be clear. Why do I say this? If God dwells within us, and we know He does, then how would His glory shine from within us? I believe we all have a spirit within us, and when we are children of Godís through Jesus Christ, God dwells within our spirit. As we go through life we build walls around our spirit. Each time we are hurt, yelled at, sin, have guilt, grief or whatever, we lock these memories up in little cells that surround our spirit. The older we get and the more we experience lifeís traumas, the more cells we have surrounding our spirit. Then we wonder why we do not reflect the glory of God. What we must do is allow Jesus into each and every one of these areas we have locked away. And it can be a painful process. The memories of a lifetime are locked away inside of us, and until they are released, God canít get out to His fullest extent possible. As our physical body will fight off pain, sickness, disease, etc., our spirit doesnít want to let out anything that will hurt us. That was the reason for locking up the memories in the first place. But when we finally let Jesus into every single area of our life, the walls come down, and the glory of God shines forth. For it is through God, the light shines out of the darkness. And then we, with our unveiled face, are able to look into the mirror to see the glory of God.
But our first step is to draw close to God and invite Jesus in to clean our hidden areas. Then our light can shine forth, and not only will we see the glory of God, we will reflect the glory of God. If we look at in the mirror and ask ourselves if we reflect the glory of God, and the answer is no, perhaps we should let God into all of our hidden places. Please realize it is Satan that blinds the minds of those who do not believe. Allow God into your secret places and shine forth in His glory.
Romans 8: 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8: 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined,
these He also called; whom He
called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.