“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 from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)
In my previous post, I wrote on the same verse, but emphasised on the word “transformed,” which we found out was metamorphosis – a transformation much like a butterfly, chasing from one thing to another, from glory to glory. We learned that it means to change into another form or nature completely, and that’s what happens when we become born again (see John 3:3).
Today I want to focus on another word in this verse – image. Let’s look at the meaning of this word…
“Strong’s Greek 1504 eikōn (from 1503/eíkō, “be like”) – properly, “mirror-like representation,” i.e. what is very close in resemblance (like a “high-definition” projection, as defined by the context).
“1504 (eikōn) assumes a prototype, of which it not merely resembles, but from which it is drawn“ (R. Trench). 1504 (eikōn) then is more than a “shadow”; rather it is a replication (F. F. Bruce, Hebrews, 226; see also Lightfoot at Col 3:10 and 2:21).”
Oh I love this!!! So by this definition, we can say that we are being changed into the very image of God – we are reflecting our source, who is Jesus, who we directly correspond to; we are a prototype of Christ, not merely resembling Him, but we are drawn from Him, His very life; we are more than a shadow of Him, we are a replication of Him!
When we look in the mirror, we should tell ourselves we look like Jesus and go out and live like Him. Let’s go out and let Him live through us. He lives in us by His Spirit, who is changing, transforming us from glory to glory every day, to become the exact representation of Christ on earth. That is bringing heaven down to earth, as Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As we are allowing the Spirit of God to do His work in our hearts and lives, we will transform to become like Christ in His very image, thus bringing the reality of heaven onto the earth.
We are the Body of Christ who should be walking as Jesus walked. We can only walk as He walked if we allow the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to change us into His image.
This takes co-operating with the Holy Spirit too. When He asks us to do something, or give something up that isn’t in line with His will and is worldly, and we obey, that is part of the transforming work. And He is patient with us. He will give us time to repent and turn from our ways to please Him. But once we surrender our will to Him, He comes like a refreshing rain, a well-spring of water flowing up from within us. I know the last time I surrendered a part of my life up to God, I prayed and gave it over to Him and turned from my ways – He came with such peace I was shocked. I hadn’t had that peace in my heart for such a long time. All it took was doing a simple thing that God was asking me to do, to give up a worldly desire of the flesh. I was stubborn for a long time in that thing, but God was patient with me. God is a good Father. Once we surrender, that is part of the process of His transforming work in us to cause us to become like Christ, in His image.
So let’s make this our prayer and our daily walk, surrendering daily our will and ways to the Holy Spirit, and may we learn to be quick to respond when He tells us to change something, and not be stubborn for such a long time as I was then.
The next word in our study will be “glory,” from the same verse…so stay tuned!
God bless, till next time…