Lesson 24 - Transformed

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, and being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3: 17-18)

We have learned that Jesus lives in us by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit in us certifies that we are now free from the condemnation of our sin which used to separate us from God. We can now look to Him with "unveiled faces." The veil symbolized the separation that existed between God and man before Jesus Christ brought us back to God. The Holy Spirit has now come to show us the glory of Jesus Christ, and is constantly leading us to focus our sight on Him. As we contemplate the Lord's awesome glory day by day, a miraculous thing happens - We are actually transformed to be more like Him! We also reflect His glory to others, as they see God working in our lives.

We do not "see" the Lord's glory with our physical eyes today, although one day we will see Him face to face. We see the Lord's glory and know His presence in our souls, through the Spirit. We leam of Him and His glory through His Word in the Bible, through our personal prayer and devbtional time with Him, and through the testimony of other Christians. The Spirit teaches us through all of these means.

The more we learn about how great and glorious our Lord really is, the more we appreciate His love and mercy toward us. When we begin to think more properly about who God is, we will be more challenged by the love He has shown for us, and we will be led to give ourselves more fully to Him. The desires of our heart will be purified, and our minds will be made new.

Point to Ponder:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12: 1-2)