DayBreaks for 7/18/18: Ever Increasing Glory
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
There is a fascinating verse in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, in chapter 3, verse 18: And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Today I want to share another thought that struck me as I meditated on this verse and my uncle Dale’s homecoming.
First, as I wrote yesterday, Paul notes that it is our unveiled faces that reflect the Lord’s glory. We were created and made in the image of God. Jesus, you recall, was the exact image of the Father according to Paul’s writing to the Colossians. As humans, our true faces, the true “us”, is veiled. It is hidden from sight, and therefore, we struggle to reflect the Lord’s glory. But when we, like Dale, have passed from this vale of shadows, casting aside the flesh that has veiled the Lord’s glory for our lifetimes, our faces will reflect the Lord’s glory more perfectly than ever before.
But, Paul goes on and notes that this is an ongoing process: “we are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory”. I used to think that the process was more-or-less finished when we died. But Paul says, “ever-increasing glory” to describe our future. If Jesus is the perfect image of God, and God is infinite, it stands to reason that we will never reach the perfect image of His likeness, for then we would have to become infinite, too. And so, I believe that possibly this is why Paul wrote, “ever increasing glory”. For all eternity we will grow more and more like Jesus – reflecting his glory more perfectly with every trillion years that pass. The end result? “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 Jn. 3:2 “We shall be like him.” It doesn’t say we’ll be identical to him – but “like’ him, but our glory, unlike his, will be ever increasing. His can’t increase, for it is infinite already!
Dale has become like him already, Dale has seen him, Dale has been held by him, Dale has joined the eternal song of the Lamb. And he awaits us there. We’d do well to remember C.S. Lewis who said that we’ve never met mere mortals. Everyone we meet has an eternal destiny. And each one we see, whether in Louisiana, Oregon, Iowa, California, India or Iraq, has a spirit that needs what God alone can give. Lewis’ said that if we could see one another as God sees us, we’d be tempted to fall down and worship at the feet of those who are headed to glory. Dale has experience that glory, and I believe if we were to see him now, we’d be speechless.
PRAYER: We can’t begin to comprehend the eternity that You have planned for us, Jesus. How exciting it is to think that we will grow more and more into Your image throughout all eternity! Let that process start in us now, as we await what we will become through Your tender kindness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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