2 Corinthians 3:18 - What We Behold - - - We Become!

2 Cor 3:18 (KJV)  But we all, with open face beholding as in a 
glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from 
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

2 Cor 3:18 (CWR)  Our faces are no longer covered, and as we 
look at the glory of the Lord, we're changed.  We reflect more and 
more of His image by the power of the Spirit working on our hearts. 

The plan of redemption aims to restore the image of God in man 
(Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2), a transformation that comes about by 
contemplating Christ [SDA Commentary] 

Look to Christ, behold the attractive loveliness of His 
character, and by beholding you will become changed into His likeness. 

To be "changed" into the likeness of Christ is logically the 
result of "beholding" Him, [SDA Commentary] 

As the believer "beholds"--studies or meditates upon--the 
character of God as revealed in Christ, as revealed in the Word (and in 
nature), his/her character becomes more and more like His perfect 
character. [The Bible Notebook] 

When the people of God look into the Word of God and see the 
glory of God, the Spirit of God transforms them to be like the Son of 
God [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

So, by earnestly contemplating the Gospel of Jesus, and 
believing on him who is its Author, the soul becomes illuminated with his 
divine splendour, for this sacred mirror reflects back on the believing 
soul the image of Him whose perfections it exhibits; and thus we see 
the glorious form after which our minds are to be fashioned; and by 
believing and receiving the influence of his Spirit, our form is changed, 
into the same image, which we behold there; and this is the image of 
God, lost by our fall, and now recovered and restored by Jesus 
Christ: for the shining of the face of God upon us, i. e. approbation, 
through Christ, is the cause of our transformation into the divine 
image. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

The reference here is to the process of Christian 
sanctification. [NIV SB] 

Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but 
of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but 
is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for 
Christ. AA560,1 

The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like him. 
Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience. [Life Application SB] 

The further we progress in our relationship with God, the more 
visible God's glory becomes in our life.  [Life Recovery SB] 

Looking unto Jesus we obtain brighter and more distinct views of 
God, and by beholding we become changed. . . Growing into His 
likeness, we enlarge our capacity for knowing God. More and more we enter 
into fellowship with the heavenly world, and we have continually 
increasing power to receive the riches of the knowledge and wisdom of 
eternity.  COL355 

Transformation of character. This is the sure result of union 
with Jesus. When Christ abides in the heart, the whole nature is 
transformed. Christ's Spirit, His love, softens the heart, subdues the soul, 
and raises the thoughts and desires toward God and heaven.  SC71-3 

Those who behold the Saviour are changed from glory to greater 
glory. When men will consent to submit to Christ's will, to be 
partakers of the divine nature, their crooked, human peculiarities will 
disappear. 6BC1098,9 

This phrase "from glory to glory" has also been translated "with 
ever-increasing glory" (NIV). The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer 
is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses 
experienced. By gazing at Christ with unveiled minds, we can be more like 
him. In the gospel, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms 
us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about 
Christ's life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what he is 
really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to 
change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Rom. 8:29; 
Gal. 4:19; Phil. 3:21; 1 John 3:2). [The One Year Bible Companion re 

The glory evident in Moses' face was a diminishing radiance (vv. 
7, 13). By contrast, in the faces of Christians is God's 
ever-increasing glory (cf. 4:6). [Bible Knowledge Commentary] 

Glory, I've learned, is what God is all about.  His essential 
being.  Whenever you talk about His character or attributes - like 
holiness, love, compassion, justice, truth, or mercy - that's God's 
So how is it that you and I can glorify God?  It happens every 
time we reveal His attributes in the course of our daily lives.  
Every time you share the good news of Christ with another.  Every time 
you reflect patience in the middle of an upsetting or perplexing 
problem.  Every time you smile from the heart or offer an encouraging 
word.  Whenever those around you see God's character displayed in your 
attitudes and responses, you are displaying His glory. 
God's glory isn't reserved for a temple of stone or some 
heavenly vista.  It can shine out clearly while you're changing a flat on 
the freeway ... or counseling an angry co-worker ... or lying in a 
hospital bed ... or balancing two crying babies in the church nursery.  
[Joni Eareckson Tada; Time with God devotional SB] 

It is not by looking away from Him that we imitate the life of 
Jesus, but by talking of Him, by dwelling upon His perfections, by 
seeking to refine the taste and elevate the character, by 
trying--through faith and love, and by earnest, persevering effort--to approach 
the perfect Pattern. By having a knowledge of Christ--His words, His 
habits, and His lessons of instruction--we borrow the virtues of the 
character we have so closely studied, and become imbued with the spirit we 
have so much admired. Jesus becomes to us "the chiefest among ten 
thousand," the One "altogether lovely" 6BC1098,9 

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, 
the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort 
to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent 
the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of 
the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of 
others, or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he 
will seek to divert the mind. . . Talk and think of Jesus. Let self 
be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; dismiss your fears. SC71-3 

So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting 
sins to overcome; so long as life shall last, there will be no 
stopping place, no point which we can reach and say, I have fully 
attained. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience. AA560,1 

Sin hides from our view that matchless charms of Jesus; 
prejudice, selfishness, self-righteousness, and passion blind our eyes, so 
that we do not discern the Saviour. Oh, if we would by faith draw 
nigh to God, He would reveal to us His glory, which is His character, 

Is that who people see when they look at us? Do they see Jesus' 
love, integrity, and power? Or do we "veil" the Light of the World 
(Matt. 5:14-16) under a mask of selfish ambition and worldly concerns? 
[Word In Life SB] 

The best teacher on earth cannot teach the man who knows it all 
already and does not wish to learn. God gave us free will, and, if we 
insist upon our own way, we cannot learn his. [Barclay Commentary] 

There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord's 
promise; they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit, yet receive no 
benefit. They do not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by 
the divine agencies. We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to 
use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people "to will and to 
do of His good pleasure." Phil. 2:13. But many will not submit to 
this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive 
the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch 
for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. The power of God 
awaits their demand and reception. This promised blessing, claimed by 
faith, brings all other blessings in its train. DA671,2   

Very often it is moral and not intellectual blindness which 
keeps us from seeing God. If we persist in disobeying him we become 
less and less capable of seeing him. The vision of God is to the pure 
in heart. [Barclay Commentary] 

When Christ took human nature upon Him, He bound humanity to 
Himself by a tie of love that can never be broken by any power save the 
choice of man himself. Satan will constantly present allurements to 
induce us to break this tie--to choose to separate ourselves from 
Christ. Here is where we need to watch, to strive, to pray, that nothing 
may entice us to choose another master; for we are always free to do 
this. But let us keep our eyes fixed upon Christ, and He will preserve 
us. Looking unto Jesus, we are safe. SC71-3 

There are many hundreds of thousands of books in the Library of 
Congress in Washington, D.C.  Books on countless subjects, by countless 
people over hundreds of years.  Some of those writings have been the 
seed bed for philosophies, political parties, religious movements and 
more. The writers have come and gone; most are no longer remembered.  
God's Word is remembered because it IS His Word, and it WORKS.  The 
sad thing is, many of us don't pay any more attention to God's Word 
than to any other book. In the Bible are the tools to enable every 
believer to lead a victorious life.  But day after day, the Bible sits 
unopened.  We must take that Word, read it, think about it and so devour 
it that it feeds us. Memorize it! That Word transforms our thoughts 
and actions.  Christian, take it today and feed on it and put it in 
your heart, that you might not sin against Almighty God, and partake 
of the victorious life!  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

The Word of God is a constant and continuing source of joy for 
the Christian.  I don't think I've ever met a joyless Christian who 
was regularly employed in searching the Scriptures.  The result of 
such searching is to see beyond the words of the One who inspired 
them.  Of all the habits the Christian can cultivate, this is one of 
the most blessed and profitable.  Some books are exhausting and 
exhaustible.  The Bible is the only Book that rewards the student with 
increasing insight as he allows the Word of God to flow through and cleanse 
him.  Indeed, it is the only Book that can cleanse and purify the 
life of its reader.  Other books can inform, but only the Scripture 
can transform, infill, and inspire.  [Al Bryant; Time with God 
devotional SB] 

Is reading the Bible a necessary part of your day or does it 
have a low priority in your life? 
George muller, after having read the Bible through one hundred 
times with increasing delight, made this statement: "I look upon it as 
a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.  
Friends often say, 'I have so much to do, so many people to see, I 
cannot find time for Scripture study.'  Perhaps there are not many who 
have more to do than I.  For more than half a century I have never 
known one day when I had not more business than I could get through.  
For 4 years I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most of 
these have passed through my own hands. 
"Then, as pastor of a church with 1,200 believers, great has 
been my care.  Besides, I have had charge of live immense orphanages; 
also, at my publishing depot, the printing and circulating of millions 
of tracts, books, and Bibles; but I have always made it a rule 
never to begin work until I have had a good season with God and His 
Word.  The blessing I have received has been wonderful." 
Do you want to know how to meet the problems of the day?  Do you 
want to know what God wants you to do with your life?  Then you must 
pray and consult His wonderful guide book, the Bible, every day. 
If we are too busy to read God's Word daily, then one thing is 
sure - we are too busy! by H.G.B. 

The Holy Spirit is the identifying mark of a Christian. When 
Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection, he promised that he 
would send the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, June 3). We do not live out our 
Christian lives alone. We have God's Spirit dwelling in us, helping us 
live the Christian life. You may feel a bit overwhelmed. As you read 
God's Word and all of these devotional thoughts about how to act and 
live, you may feel like throwing in the towel and saying, "This is 
just too hard!" However, no one is asking you to do all of this on 
your own. In fact, it would be too hard if that were the case. 
Instead, the Holy Spirit has been sent to empower you to live the 
Christian life. He will help to bring about the needed changes in your 
life. Far more than just a self-help fix, the Holy Spirit draws you 
closer to the Lord and is the empowering force to live a life pleasing 
to God (John 14:15-21). [The One Year Bible for New Believers re