Saturday, February 16, 2013

Greeting Life with an Unveiled Face

What is glory?  Do you have a good definition?
"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 by the Spirit of the Lord." ~2 Corinthians 3:18

What is this "unveiled face" Paul talks about here?  

In previous verses of 2 Corinthians 3, Paul talks about the glory of God shining on Moses' face (take a minute to read the chapter---it's only 18 verses long.  Here, I'll even give you a link).  After the glory that came over Moses when he met the Lord face to face, he had to wear a veil so the children of Israel could look at him.  

However, this veil also covered the fact that the glory was passing away.

Some people think this represents glory.
2 Corinthians 3:14-15 says this about the children of Israel:  "But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart."

A veil was on the hearts of the children of Israel and it's on the heart of everyone who is blinded to the truth of Christ---the fulfillment of the law that was originally given to Moses.
Is this glory?
Those who are in Christ have been unveiled and are able to be changed from "glory to glory".

We read histories of great men like Moses who did mighty things for God and we feel ashamed or disappointed that we're not great like they were.

We are forgetting about passages like the one above which tells us we are able to do even greater things for God than Moses did.  We can become more and more like the same image of Christ as He grows us from one glory to another.

Even Christ said, "he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also;  and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." ~John 14:12-14

Have you been lied to by the enemy who wants to steal your confidence?
Or how about this one?
Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Whatever the challenge, we can be sure that God will strengthen us to meet it, courageously and confidently, as we allow ourselves to be transformed into the same image of Christ.
What do you think is a proper definition for glory?  Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Wow, that is some long hair! I would be constantly stepping on it!

  2. Wow...what is glory? Talk about feeling unworthy to even answer that one! Some people think fame, fortune, and power bring glory. Can something not of God be glorious?

  3. I once read/or heard somewhere (I'm not sure where...) that glory has differing definitions. God's glory is almost undefinable for our human thoughts. I've thought that one version is the idea that when we (the created) are being all that God fully created us to be then we are giving Him Glory. He is Glorified because we are doing what we were intended to do. I suppose it might be a case then for all creation; the redwood tree is glorifying God by growing the way it was intended to grow. And so on. Humanity can choose to not be who it was intended they do or be so we can falter at this. Does that make sense?
    Sorry, I wrote a book. Great discussion starter. :)You got my wheels turning.

  4. Was just reading about God's glory this morning in my quiet time. God's glory has two aspects...inherent - only God has this...it is his by virtue of who He is. The other is ascribed glory. This is what the Bible refers to when it speaks of giving God glory. Obviously, we cannot give God glory in the sense of adding to His glory, any more than we can give Him strength. However, Psalm 29:1 urges us to recognize God's glory and acknowledge it.
    Anyway, that's what I studied just this morning about glory. Thanks for bringing it back to my mind and for linking this post up at Think Tank Thursday.

  5. You have a lot of great thoughts going here. And I love your family picture on your banner!

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

  6. Great post Sarah. When I think of Old Glory I think of our flag. When I think of Glory I think of God and what a gracious and loving heavenly being he is. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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