Changed Into His Image

2 Corinthians 3:18
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.

Moses desired to see the face of God, to see His Glory.  But God only allowed him to see his back.  This meeting with God, of the writing of the tablets, the time spent in the presence of God, was so powerful that Moses' hair turned white and his face shone so much, he had to put a veil on it, as not to blind the Israelites.

Now God ministers face to face with us by the Holy Ghost.  As we spend time in His presence our faces should begin to shine.

Unfortunately some people still look into the Word with the veil still in place.  There is no understanding, no revelation, no glory.

But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! 2 Corinthians 3:17.  There is no veil.  With an open face, we look at the Glory, and are changed into the image of God.

Gen 1:27
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God made us into that image.  And He still sees us in that image.  Adam walked with God.  He wasn't blinded by that glory until he sinned.  Before that he walked in the garden with God. Fellowshipped with Him.  He was the image of God.  He looked just like him, walked like Him and talked like Him.  When sin entered in, the veil was dropped on the face of God.  No longer could Adam look at Him without being destroyed.  Fellowship was broken and God's friend was now afraid to talk to Him.

Do you see why God longs to have fellowship with us?  He wants to take us from Glory to Glory.  To show us great and mighty things. But we are like the man in James 1

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Instead of beholding the Glory of God, we behold ourselves.  Being a hearer of the word and not a doer.  He looks at himself and his accomplishments and goes on his way and because he has no foundation of scripture, he forgets who he is and what he is supposed to look and act like. He's supposed to look and act like God.  If he had let the word go down into his heart and put it into practice.  He would remember he was a child of God and act like it and God would be able to bless him.

Ephesians 3:16-20

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and heightó 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

He wants to strengthen you by His might, in the inner man. The outward man perishes day by day, but the inward man is forever.  We neglect the part of us that will go on for eternity.

Not only do we neglect our inner man, we neglect God.  He that gives us all things.  He that gave all, even to the death of His son, because He loves.  What else could possibly be more important?  How can we possibly be changed into the image of God if we don't spend any time with Him.

Be imitators of God as dear children.  Jesus imitated God.  "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father". He spent much time with the Father and He went from Glory to Glory.

How do we behold the Glory? By the Holy Ghost.  He is our teacher and guide.  He leads us to the Father.  We need to be his friend and get to know Him too.

God's heart longs for His children.  Ever since the fall in Eden, God has sought for a man he could fellowship with and reveal His Glory through.  We see the men and women throughout the Bible that He used.  There are men and women today that He wants to use too.  But He can't get His children to fellowship with Him.  If you want to be changed into the image of God inside you, you must be able to see Him and know what He will do.  Become His friend, know His voice and know His Word.

Adam knew God.  He knew His voice and what He said.

Abraham was called the friend of God.  he knew God so well, he had no fear to kill his son, because he knew God would raise him up.

Moses knew God.  He knew if God told him to do something he could do it.  He told the Israelites that they would never see the Egyptians again and then he raised his staff and he knew the waters would part.

David knew God.  He told Goliath "This day will I take your head from your shoulders" and he did.

Do you know God that well? Do you know what He said, so you will know what He will do? Can you speak boldly and say God will do this?

Is His Word planted in your heart?  Is your fellowship with Him so real that you can see Him?  Is His image so real in you and glory so real in you that people look at you and see God?

Do we have our Sunday faces painted on?  Or is our joy real? Wherever you go people should see the glory, even in your home.  Sometimes we can be so wonderful to everyone else and then go home and treat your family terrible.  I know situations come up that can cause us to lose our joy.  But that's when we should let God rise up and shine through us.  If you can't live it at home, everything else is super fiscal.

We need real Christianity.  Something we live 24/7. We can't do it ourselves.  That's why we need an image of God inside us, so we can be changed into His image on the inside and the outside.  It's not instant, but like anything that's worth having, it's worth working for.

God also wants to reveal knowledge of the Glory

II Corinthians 3:6&7

6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

The same glory that would have killed the O.T. saints, dwell in us.  Why?  That the power of that Glory, may be of God and not of us.  We have the power to do whatever God tells us to do if we would just tap into it.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Things on this earth are temporal, but the things of the spirit are eternal.  Let's draw close to the heart of God.  Listen to His call. Come into His presence with thanksgiving worship before the throne. Give yourself to Him wholly, withholding nothing.  Cry out "Change me Lord into your image. From Glory to Glory by your Spirit I pray.