ABOVE ONLY DEVOTIONAL DECEMBER 22 2017 THE CHRIST-CENTERED LIFE 5
Date: FRI DEC 22
Topic: The Christ-Centered Life 5
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. *You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
Beloved, you and I are so privileged in Christ. We have the privilege to see and experience the glory of God much more than Moses whose face temporarily shone after being in God’s presence in Exodus 34. Child of God, the glory of God is in the revelation of Christ. In the Amplified Translation of the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:6 says, “for God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).”
This means that every time we have an encounter with the revelation of Christ, the effect upon our lives is as powerful as if we had just seen God face to face. Our text above specifically reveals that as we continue to behold the glory of God in His word, we will be changed by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s image from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Word of God.
As we focus on the revelation of who Jesus is and the things that God has done for us through Him, we behold the glory of God and by the Holy Spirit, glorious transformations begin to take place in our lives, transforming us into what we see. Just as Moses initially did not realize that his face shone from His encounter with God (Exo.34:29-30), we usually do not realize the divine and glorious effects that our meditating on the glory of Christ has on us. However, as we continue to meditate and give ourselves wholly to the revelation of Christ, there will be tangible manifestations in our lives that even people around us will see and testify about, 1Tim.4:15-16.
I receive your grace, dear Lord, to keep focusing and meditating on Your glory that is in the revelation of Christ.