Bought by the Blood

February 10, 2009

Reflecting the Glory of God

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
-2 Corinthians 3:18

You are I were created for one purpose and that is to glorify God.  When man was made in God’s image, God’s purpose for us as image bearers was to be beacons of His glory.  Due to the fall, we are spiritually blind and unable to see God.  We have veils on our face and any of God’s glory or his other attributes that we seek to reflect are but dim reflections.  When Christ came and covered us with His redeeming blood we are given new eyes and with unveiled eyes we are able to see God as He is.  As we see  God we fall more in love with Him because of who is and all that He’s done for us that we do not deserve.

When we see God rightly and He is in His rightful place than we desire to grow to be more like Him.  Growing to be more like Him is not something that we do on our own or a desire that even comes from within.  It is His Spirit that works in us and gives us the desire to reflect His glory.  The Holy Spirit also empowers us and gives us strength to deny our flesh and live for eternity.  Defeating sin in our daily lives is only possible through the power of the cross where Christ triumphed over sin and this gives us confidence that sin no longer controls us or has any power over us.  We are able to live for God’s glory by the new life that has been given to us by Christ death and resurrection, a sign that we are in union with Christ is our desire for God to be glorified in our lives.

Our hope isn’t in how well we reflect God’s glory, because even as those bought by the blood, we will still sin.  Our hope is in Christ completed work on the cross.  The transformation we are undergoing of being image bearers of God will not be finished until we reach Heaven.  This life is a battle against sin, the victory has been won, but the fight still continues.  We can be confident that no matter what our progress looks like in the fight, our standing before God is firm and secure.  Because of God’s grace, we have been adopted into His family, we are  but little children now who will stumble and fall, but the Father will always pick us up.  Because of His mercy, we are considered sons and daughters, right now we are in the process of growing and we can be confident that He who began a good work in us will bring to completion (Philippians 1:6).

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