TRANSFORMED BY GLORY

Matt.17:2 – And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

2 Cor.3:18 – We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Rom.12:2 – Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

There are all sorts of spiritual implications that are displayed by the amazing transformation of Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. One that stands out to me is the image of Christians being transformed by the work of God in this life. Jesus is transfigured, the word metamorphoo is used, by the power of the Spirit on and in His life. Take a look at this word, metamorphoo, from the New Testament Word Book.

“Metamorphoo – Used of the Lord’s transfiguration on the mount (Matt. 17:2; Mark 9:2) involving the miracle of transformation from an earthly form into a supernatural form which was externally denoted by the radiance of His garments and countenance. This suggests what the bodies of the righteous may be like as a result of the resurrection of our bodies (1 Cor. 15:51f.). In Rom. 12:2 and 2 Cor. 3:18, the idea of transformation refers to an invisible process in Christians which takes place or begins to take place during their life in this age.”

The anointing of the Holy Spirit has a distinct impact on our lives. According to 2 Cor.3:18 we are changed from one degree or level of glory to the next. In other words, salvation is a work that will continue in us throughout our entire lives. We are metamorphosized or changed continually by the power of the Spirit working in and upon our lives. In Roman 12, Paul speaks about the challenge of being impacted by the world. Paul’s answer? Be transformed by the work of the Spirit.

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