GALLERY OF ART

2 Cor. 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Of all the works of the Lord this has to be the very pinnacle. This is why Jesus came. This goes way beyond forgiveness and everlasting life. This is about the beautiful transformation of His sons and daughters. He takes us out of our misery, washes away all of our sin, and then begins the work of restoration and renewal. It is the work of the Spirit in our lives. How does it happen? It comes from gazing on the glory of the Lord. How can you see the unseeable? It’s really quite simple, we see the unveiling of Jesus Christ in the written word through the working of the Spirit on our souls. We are caught up in the glory of His love, we drink deeply of His Spirit, and we feast on His word. As we do this His beautiful work of artistry goes into effect. We are transformed from glory to glory. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this.

“We have a lively image of this Trinity in the sun. The Father is as the substance of the sun; the Son is as the brightness and glory of the disk of the sun, or that bright and glorious form under which it appears to our eyes; the Holy Ghost is as the heat and powerful influence which acts upon the sun itself and, being diffusive, enlightens, warms, enlivens and comforts the world. The Spirit, as it is God’s infinite love and happiness, is as the internal heat of the sun; but as it is that by which God communicates himself, is as the emitted beams of God’s glory. Moses was changed by God’s glory shining upon him, even as we are changed by God’s Spirit shed as bright beams on us. The Spirit of God is called the Spirit of glory upon two accounts: because ’tis the glory of God and is as it were his emitted beams, and as it is the believer’s glory and causes him also to shine.”
We gaze upon Christ, bask in His radiation, and then we begin to change and at the same time reflect the glory of the Lord. So this is what He is after, to put each of us on display in His gallery of art.

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