2 Corinthians 3. 4-18
As the Apostle Paul was writing again to the church at the Grecian city Corinth, he was explaining to them, and thus to us, that in the prophecies of Jeremiah in the Scriptures a New Covenant was to come to Israel. This new one was to be completely instituted by God alone, and in no way to be ratified by Israel’s agreement to obey, Deuteronomy 5.27 as they told Moses, ” Go near and hear all that the LORD our God says; then speak to us all that the LORD our God speaks to you, and we will hear it and do it.” Jeremiah declared of this New Covenant in Jer. 31.33 ” But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days declares the LORD, ‘ I will put my law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.’ ”
As the Messiah, Jesus, came to earth to Israel, they rejected their Savior, and the door was then opened to the nations of the earth, the Gentiles, with the same covenant conditions. God does everything. He alone devised the plan where, as John Owens says, ” for such is the deserts of sin, and such is the immutability of the justice of God, that there was no way possible to bring men unto glory, than by the death and suffering of the son of God, who undertook to become the captain of their salvation.”
Paul writing then to the church described the “old covenant” as, in verse 7 “a ministry of death,” and in verse 9 “ministry of condemnation.” While his description of the new covenant in verse 8 is, “the ministry of the Spirit,” and in verse 9, “a ministry of righteousness,” abounding in glory. Verse 11, “For if that which fades away, (the old covenant), was with glory, much more that which remains, (the new covenant), is in glory.” He goes on in verse 18 to say, “but we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit.”
This is to say that we as followers of Christ, have the Holy Spirit in us by the grace of God, and as we yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are being transfigured, into the image of Christ, from glory to glory. Day by day as we pray and submit in obedience to His leading, we are growing more and more like Jesus. We start thinking like Him, acting like Him, seeing beyond others faults, seeing the needs of others, responding in love and compassion, bearing each others burdens, rejoicing in each others joy, lifting each other up in prayer, helping, encouraging, strengthening, challenging each other to walk closer to Christ. Occasions arise to testify of God’s love, occasions arise to be a friend. to give an encouraging word, to give a hug, to advise, or just to be a friend. These are known as divine appointments, where God orchestrates everything. Where He brings the person, the timing, the words you say, and the results together to His glory, resulting in eternal change. And we get to be there.
Like the waves at the ocean shore that never cease, they keep coming and coming, low tide or high tide they keep coming, so is the change and the transformation of the Lord in our lives, from glory to glory. Brothers and sisters let the Spirit free in you to make you and mold you into the image of Christ.