Not a fixed point
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
This verse is lofty and hard to grasp. The writer acknowledges this in the second sentence by saying that, “we all… contemplate the Lord’s glory.” Instead of brushing past the difficulty of these last few verses, spend time this morning working through the truth here. What engages you? What don’t you understand?
Verse 18 suggests that our engagement with the truth of God and scripture is part of our transformation into God-likeness. God has lifted the veil so that we might explore His love for us. The knowledge and worship of God brings “ever-increasing glory.” So, we see that this inward transformation is a steady progression, not a fixed point, just as our understanding and relationship with God is a continual pursuit.
Some of the most beautiful things Jesus has given us are His words. Engage with them. Wrestle with them. We have the freedom to fully be ourselves in this process and allow Jesus to make up for any weaknesses or deficiencies. Can we trust Him in our convictions and our questions? Friends, the Lord’s person and glory are not something we can be experts on in a few days, or even a lifetime. We learn more, slowly, and the truth of God results in gradual change.