But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit. ~ 2 Cor.3:18.
How many of us have used this passage to indicate our imperfection and that God is actively busy with an ever-lasting clean-up process in our lives? To be changed from glory to glory is then compared to climbing up a ladder; going up higher and higher from the one glory level to the other. A never-ending story. What an exhausting thought! Many Christians even use this verse to verify their belief that God has more in store for us; we just have to press in deeper into His presence. This carrot-in-front-of-the-tortoise mindset in return, leads to a disappointing works-orientated mindset of continuous fasting, more giving and tithing and the traditional painstaking view of “waiting on God” or “seeking His face.”
When studying the whole chapter of 2 Corinthians 3, we will discover that Paul is only referring to two types of glories and not a multiple level of glories as some may suggest. Being changed from glory to glory is definitely not like climbing a corporate ladder or gradually peeling of the layers of an onion.
Verse 9 confirms this fact: “For if the ministry of condemnation is glorious, much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory.” There was a glory in the law, but it was fading. The Greek word for glory is doxa, which means “opinion.” The law’s opinion of Israel was one of condemnation, death and failure.
It was never God’s intention to communicate to Israel through the law. The nation insisted on a mediator, Moses. The Bible teaches us that God even used angels to administer the law to Moses. Initially Moses came down from the mountain with lively oracles from God (Acts 7:38), but the nation was worshiping the golden calf. Moses then went back up the mountain and brought down the law that was carved in stone. That’s why Gal. 3:19 confirms that the law was added and it was ordained by angels, not God.
2 Cor.3:6 & 11 states that which was done away, was glorious. The old glory had a fading effect. Now that glory was fading from the day when Moses came from the mountain until Jesus died on the cross. If anyone today would like to read the law or of brew it with grace, their eyes are blinded. It is toxic! The veil of unbelief is then pulled over their eyes, obstructing the revelation of God’s eternal favorable opinion about themselves. It clouds their perception by means of having a limited and degraded view of themselves. Isn’t it still the case to day with many Christians?
The latter glory is the glory of righteousness (verse 9). When we were co-included into the death of Jesus, we were co-raised into His new life. Suddenly, as the veil over our eyes is removed, we can see ourselves as we are. We can see ourselves as Father sees us. “I can see clearly now…!”
That’s why the Mirror Translation puts it so beautiful: ” And we ALL, with new understanding, see ourselves in Him as in a mirror; thus we are changed from an inferior mindset to the revealed opinion of our true origin.”
We were brought out of darkness into His marvelous light. But for many unfortunately, it is like walking in brought daylight with a cover over their eyes, unaware of the bright sun that is shining. All they have to do is to remove the cover and enjoying the sunshine! And this is surely not a process. Just remove the stupid veil.
When reading and feeding on the Word, I discover myself. Knowing Him is getting to know myself. His Word reveals my Divine origin. It certainly does not mean there are more glories to came. It is here. Or like some charismatics referring to more glory waves coming to us. Many dear pentecostals are still waiting for more glory fires to fall upon them. Once again, it is here. It is inside of us. Thank God, we have arrived! We just have to look into the mirror and gaze!
Out of His fullness (pleroma) we have received grace upon grace. In this reality of pleroma there is grace upon grace. (John 1:16) The moment when Alice stepped into the dimension of Wonderland she continuously discovered more interesting things. This exceedingly beautiful splendorous opinion of our heavenly Father about us will take us on such an interesting journey of self-discovery.
Enjoy this glory!