“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 NASB)
Today we are looking at the same verse again, but focussing on the word “glory.” Here’s what Strong’s concordance and Helps Word studies says…
Strong’s Concordance 1391: Doxa
doxa: opinion (always good in N.T.), hence praise, honor, glory

Original Word: δόξα, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: doxa
Phonetic Spelling: (dox’-ah)
Short Definition: honor, renown, glory splendor
Definition: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.

HELPS Word-studies

“1391 dóksa (from dokeō, “exercising personal opinion which determines value“) – glory.  1391/dóksa (“glory”) corresponds to the OT word, kabo (OT 3519, “to be heavy“). Both terms convey God’s infiniteintrinsic worth (substance, essence).

“[1391 (dóksa) literally means “what evokes good opinion, i.e. that something has inherent, intrinsic worth” (J. Thayer).]

“1391/doksa (“substance, glory”) relates to inherent value (real weight) and hence used of the glory of God, i.e. His substance (the essence of His eternal, infinite being).  God’s glory encompasses all of His attributes.  The Lord’s infinite preciousness (substanceglory) demands true worship(personal recognition, adoration).

“[B. Ramm comments that the glory of God is not merely an attribute of God (like His wisdom).  Rather, it relates to (describes) His total nature (Them He Glorified, 1963, 18).]

“God’s being (glory) is the only measure (ultimately) to weigh anything.  Only the Lord has meaning in and of Himselfpeople derive their meaning by knowing Him – like the moon draws its light (reflects) the sun (Son).”

There could be so much to say about the glory of the Lord. I’m not going to re-quote everything you’ve just read above, but what I want to highlight for a moment is what B. Ramm has commented on what the glory of God really is: the glory of God is not merely one of His attributes (like His wisdom) but it relates to His very nature! And since God has meaning in and of Himself, we, His creations, derive our meaning from knowing Him – like the moon reflects the sun. The moon does not have any light in and of itself, it merely reflects its light from off the sun.

Did you get that?? So in the context of the verse, as we BEHOLD the Lord, we, like the moon, reflect God’s glory to the world. Just as the moon can only reflect the Sun when it is in view of it, when it beholds the Sun – so we too, only when we behold the SON, are in view of HIM and have our eyes focussed on HIM – can we then truly reflect the glory of the Lord. Only then, as we are beholding Him, will we be transformed (as in the process of metamorphosis i.e. butterfly) into the same image (exact representation) of Christ!

And it says we are transformed into His image from glory to glory.…we don’t just behold His glory once and reflect it, it is a continually increasing process. We are made for God’s glory – we derive our meaning from Him, our very existence is to behold and reflect His glory – His praise, His worth, His values and His very nature to the world. And the more we do this, the more His glory shines through our lives.

I can’t explain this verse enough, there’s so much depth to it, I don’t fully understand or comprehend it. The glory of God is meant to be experienced and lived in and through us on a continual, daily basis. We aren’t meant to stop beholding and reflecting His glory. We aren’t meant to stop being transformed either – God won’t stop until we are in the exact same image of His Son, Jesus Christ!

Oh to behold Him so much so, that the world will see His glory in us, His bride, the Church. No longer will they call us hypocrites if we simply behold His glory and be transformed into the same image as Christ!

1 John 4:17 says this:  By thislove is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment because as He is, so also are we in this world.”

The only way I know we will have confidence on the day of Judgement, when we stand before the living God on that Day, is if we are standing before Him in the same image of Christ, His Son! “As He is, so also are we in THIS world!” We CAN be like Christ in THIS world, not just when we get to heaven. And how do we become like Christ? Behold His GLORY, allow Him to transform us – and we will be like Jesus, an exact representation of Him. How could we not have confidence on that Day, if we are like Christ?

Some powerful thoughts here, and a challenge to walk closer to the Lord everyday. Not in our own strength – we are only the moon that is simply meant to behold and reflect Jesus – who is the “Sun” – SON – the glory of the only begotten of the Father. Amen.

Till next time, God bless…