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.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see—someone who is forgiven or someone who is guilty and full of shame? Someone who is saved by grace or someone who is working to attain God’s favor? Someone with obstructed vision or someone who sees life and purpose clearly?
The gospel is not only the message that tells us how we can be forgiven; it is a message with ongoing power to change our hearts. Moses’ veil kept the Israelites from seeing his face clearly. In a similar way, we all had veils obscuring our vision of God’s glory before we turned to Christ. When we turned to Him the veil was removed (v. 16). Our vision of God’s glory in Christ is now clear. This is the result of the Spirit’s work in us.
Now with clear vision of God’s glory in Christ, a continual process of transformation begins in us. God progressively makes us into the image of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit and the application of God’s Word.
God is always at work to conform us “to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:28-29), and this is a process that will continue until Christ returns or we go to be with Him. While God is at work transforming us, we also have our role in the process— active faith. We believe the gospel message; gaze upon God’s glory through prayer, Bible study, and worship; and cooperate with the Spirit’s work to produce God-pleasing character in us.
• In what ways has God been transforming you recently?
• In what ways do you need Him to do a transforming work in you?
• Thank God for the work He has already done by giving you forgiveness and the transforming work He is doing in you right now. Ask Him to help you be obedient to His desire to transform you daily. Thank Him for the freedom from sin and death available to believers in Christ through the gospel and for the hope you have that one day this transformation will be complete.