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

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

2 Corinthians 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 Corinthians 3:18 (TEV) All of us, then, reflect the glory of 
the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the 
Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever 
greater degree of glory.  

2 Corinthians 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 


Glory of the New Covenant; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18. [Remnant SOP SB]


   Paul recalled the stone tablets on which God had written the 
old covenant. "The old written covenant ends in death," which means 
that trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament laws is a misuse 
of its purpose (2 Corinthians 3: 6). The people were not made right 
with God by keeping God's law. They were made right by trusting him 
to shape them through it - like a tool.  
   With the new covenant, the Holy Spirit gives new life to all 
who believe in Christ. He is working from within, unlike the old 
covenant. This is what God promised. "I will put my instructions deep 
within them, and I will write them on their hearts" (Jeremiah 31:33). 
"I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a 
tender, responsive heart" (Ezekiel 11:19).  
   Today the old covenant and the new covenant work together. 
God's law in the Old Testament still points out sin and shows us what 
obedience should involve, while God's Spirit works within us "giving you 
the desire and the power to do what pleases him." (Philippians 
   Don't discard God's laws. They are the revelation of God. But 
live by God's Spirit, trusting him by responding to his guidance. 
[One Year NLT SB re 2 Cor. 3:15-18] 


   Moses' face shone with the glory of God, so he covered it 
with a veil because the people seemed to have a limited capacity for 
glory. They knew Moses spoke face-to-face with God, and they saw the 
glow on him; Paul says the veil kept them from seeing the glory, 
which was fading away. But in making us alive in Christ and giving us 
open entry to God's throne, there is no need for veils and glory 
doesn't fade. The Presence is no longer designated for a holy place in a 
tabernacle. It's a public-access experience.  
   Paul says that now that the veil has been removed, we can be 
mirrors that reflect the Lord's glory. In the process, as His Spirit 
works in us, we grow to be more and more like Him. As we gaze at Him, 
His Presence is not just with us but in us. It becomes more and more 
   We gaze at Jesus, His Spirit works within us, we reflect His 
glory, and we become more like Him. According to Scripture, that's the 
process that causes real transformation. But many Christians miss the 
first step - being face-to-face with Him, being in His Presence - and 
then are left to attempt transformation by self-effort or a 
complicated series of spiritual principles. Scripture once presented Moses 
as a singular exception; the New Testament treats him as a 
prototype for any Christian's experience. Don't assume God wants less than 
that. Seek that experience from Him as though there's no limit to the 
glory He will show you - because, in fact, there isn't.  
   Jesus, please give me 20/20 vision in gazing at You. Let me 
have unveiled, face-to-face encounters. I know there are no limits in 
knowing You and being known by You. I want to reflect as much of Your 
glory as You will allow. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles 
performed many miraculous signs and wonders. Acts 2:43 
   The Presence of God has consequences. In this case, there 
were many: a deep sense of awe, miracles, sacrificial generosity, 
worship and praise, unity, joy, favor, and growth. When divine power is 
obvious - when the weight of glory fills a room, a building, or a city - 
the attributes of that power begin to manifest themselves. Hearts 
fall in line with the character of the God they experience.  
   That's one reason it's so important to experience God rather 
than just know about Him or intellectually understand His truth. We 
can read His Word and try to develop habits from what we've learned, 
but that's an arduous process filled with fits and starts and many 
failures, and it works from the outside inward - eventually. But an 
encounter with God - or even just an increased awareness of His Presence - 
tends to impart His qualities to us. We begin to become like Him.  
   This happens when we're around people we admire too. We 
subconsciously begin to develop their attitudes, emulate their gestures and 
expressions, and see from their perspectives. We grow into the models of 
thought and behavior set before us. At a much more intense level, we 
grow into the character of God when we spend time with Him - not by 
effort but by impartation. We become what we behold.  
   Be intentional about what you behold - or rather whom you 
behold. Seek such a profound awareness of God's Presence that it 
provokes awe in you. Learn how to look at His works with wonder. Believe 
what Scripture says about Him, and notice the ways He graces your 
life. You will begin to incorporate His attributes into your own 
personality. And marvelous things may begin to happen.  
   Spirit, I want to experience the real You - not a false image 
or perception, but the reality of Your Presence. May Your character 
and Your ways "rub off" on me so that my heart can become like 
Yours. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 
Tiegreen re Acts 2:43] 

   What are the benefits of Scripture meditation? They are 
beyond telling. Here, however, are just some of the benefits the Bible 
offers to those of us who will take the time to meditate: (1) success - 
Joshua 1:8, (2) understanding - Psalm 119:99, (3) the ability to wisely 
discern between right and wrong - Psalm 119:11.  
   But the one that is most pivotal occurs in Psalm l - 
spiritual freshness. This psalm makes it clear that one of the secrets of 
staying spiritually fresh is to send one's roots down into the Word of 
God by meditation.  
   In my teens I knew a man, a miner by trade, whose spiritual 
freshness and radiance were responsible for turning many people to Jesus 
Christ. Just before he died, and in the company of several other 
Christians, I asked him: "What is the secret of your spiritual freshness? 
You always seem to be on top of things, always radiant. Tell me how 
you maintain this inner poise and power." He replied in one word - 
   I pressed him for some further thoughts on the subject. This 
is not a verbatim quotation, but as far as I can remember, this is 
what he said: "Meditation is letting your heart become the workshop 
of the unseen Sculptor who chisels in its secret chambers the 
living forms that contribute to character development and an increasing 
likeness to Jesus Christ." That old man, now in heaven, was one of the 
greatest illustrations I have ever known of the spiritual freshness and 
fruitfulness that comes from meditating on God's Word. His experience can be 
ours - if we meditate.  
   O Father, help me to master the art of Scripture meditation, 
so that through the written Word and by the meditated Word, those 
around me may see the Living Word. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible 
with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Psa. 39:3] 

   Take Time To Be Holy. The word holy does not mean 
goody-goody; it means set apart for sacred use. That is what these quiet 
moments in My Presence are accomplishing within you. As you focus your 
mind and heart on Me, you are being transformed: re-created into the 
one I designed you to be. This process requires blocks of time set 
aside for communion with Me. 
   The benefits of this practice are limitless. Emotional and 
physical healing are enhanced by your soaking in the Light of My 
Presence. You experience a nearness to Me that strengthens your faith and 
fills you with Peace. You open yourself up to receive the many 
blessings that I have prepared for you. You become a cleansed temple of My 
Holy Spirit, who is able to do in and through you immeasurably more 
than you ask or imagine. These are just some of the benefits of being 
still in My Presence.  [2 Thes. 1:10; Psa. 27:4; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 
3:20] Jesus Calling by Sarah Young  

   I designed you to live in union with Me. This union does not 
negate who you are; it actually makes you more fully yourself. When you 
try to live independently of Me, you experience emptiness and 
dissatisfaction. You may gain the whole world and yet lose everything that really 
   Find fulfillment through living close to Me, yielding to My 
purposes for you. Though I may lead you along paths that feel alien to 
you, trust that I know what I am doing. If you follow Me 
wholeheartedly, you will discover facets of yourself that were previously 
hidden. I know you intimately - far better than you know yourself. In 
union with Me, you are complete. In closeness to Me, you are 
transformed more and more into the one I designed you to be. (Mark 8:36; 
Psalm 139:13-16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 


The busyness of things obscures our concentration of God. Let 
other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us 
as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that "is 
hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried 
lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. [In His Time; My 
Utmost For His Highest] 

Each day, you can have your own personal transfiguration as you 
worship the Lord and yield to the Spirit. [Chapter by Chapter Bible 
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 






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