Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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 by the Spirit of the Lord.
Good morning friends. In Paul’s effort to shed more light on the new and old covenant, he came up with these verses. This powerful analogy illustrates the transformation process that starts inwardly first, then outwardly over time, as we commit our lives to God. Initially it takes a while for anything tangible to begin to manifest, not dissimilar to a seed buried in the soil. It dies, shoots out of the ground, then it starts to grow. The rate of growth it dependent on variables like: the nature of seed, the season it was planted, the weather conditions, the quality of the soil etc.
So often times, we are not likely to see any tangible difference immediately; this is because the most important changes often happen inwardly first. From the spirit, to the mind, then in activities through the body. As long as we are continue in prayer, outreach, meditation, contemplation, study, service; the growth process is guaranteed to continue till we drop our mortal vest. This is the desired goal my friends, an ever increasing growth as we behold His face as in a mirror! The beauty is that we don’t see our faces in the mirror, but we see His face radiating from the mirror as a catalyst for this incremental change.
I close this thought with a statement from prophet Haggai at a point when the temple was rebuild. The walls of Jerusalem had also been rebuilt, there was revival in the air. The older folks were in tears as they remembered the glory and splendour of Solomon’s temple, the younger guys were ecstatic – God had shown up once again! Amidst it all, the prophet presciently spoke of this new covenant and it’s ever increasing glory:
For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
And this ever increasing change dear friends, is true liberty.
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