Devotional – II 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.

How are we transformed to be more like Christ? Paul tells us that becoming comes from beholding. When God saves us he removes the veil that was blinding us from seeing the glory of Christ. That veil, once removed, allows us to see the full beauty, majesty and glory of who Christ is and what he has done for us. So when view Christ in this way we become transformed into his image. Paul tells us the same thing in Colossians: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (3:2-4)” Or consider the words of the author of Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (12:1-2)” So where do we find Christ? First we see him in the Word of God where he has been revealed to us through the prophets and the apostles. Second we see him in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. He is show to us in baptism as the one who has cleansed us from our sins and brought us into the family of God. We see him in the Lord’s Supper in his death through which we receive the forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness of Christ. So look to Jesus and become more like him.

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