The Gradual Development of Glory

Salvation is in Christ Jesus and He is salvation (Luke 2:30). This salvation includes eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:10). The seed of glory was sown into us through the gospel of glory (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). Now this glory is gradually developing in us unto the glorious New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10-11, 23). The development of glory in us is the growth of Christ in us because the glory of God is in Christ and is Christ (1 Peter 5:10; Colossians 1:27). Lord, grow in me today.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18 the development of glory in us is called transformation. This verse says, “But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.” This transformation comes not from our own effort but by turning our heart to the Lord (v. 16) and beholding Him with our unveiled face. It is an inward change into “the same image”—the expression of Christ who is the image of God. It is a gradual change, little step by little step, from glory to glory—from one degree of glory to a slightly stronger degree of glory. This glory is not only for the future; even now, while we are being transformed, we are reflecting the glory of the Lord. The end result is New Jerusalem glowing with the glory of God in Christ.

The path of transformation unto New Jerusalem involves both the Triune God and the believers. The Father is the source of glory (Romans 6:4), Christ is the expression of the Father’s glory, the Spirit operates in us for our transformation from glory to glory, and we cooperate by turning our hearts to the Lord and beholding Him.

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