“Nothing between us and our God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 The Message)
This is a verse which describes the relationship between us and our God so beautifully. There is “nothing between us and our God.” This is so great! If you are a child of God, a son, a daughter, there is nothing that stands between you and your Father.
Jesus made the way possible so that we could freely and boldly enter in to His awesome presence. Even our sin does not keep us from Him, for He sees us through the perfection of His Son. Our sins were, once and for all, forgiven at the cross. Jesus paid the price for every sin, past, present and future, so that we don’t have to. That is so awesome!
We are one with God, Christ in us, “our faces shining with the brightness of His face.” As a result, His glory shines through us for the world to see. “We are transfigured (completely made new, reflecting the glory of the Lord) much like His Son.” God allows us to share in His glory. Is that not amazing? We become part of His body, His life and very being radiating through our lives.
“Our lives become gradually brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives (in fact, our very beings) and we become like Him.” This here is the only down side. The change in us is a gradual process. For the majority of us, the change is not instantaneous. Oh I know we wish it would be, but God slowly changes us, taking us from glory to glory as we become more and more like Him.
But in actuality we see the goodness of God in this “gradual” process of change. For if He were to bring up all our junk at once, I think we would be overwhelmed. And if we did not go through the process that changes us (usually difficulties), we would actually miss out on so much. It is the ability to go through the struggles and come out the other side, that enable us to help others get through similar difficulties. It allows us to sympathize with and encourage others that there is hope. It allows us to experience God’s work in us and His presence with us, as we go through these struggles that change us.
I’m so glad God is committed to the process of changing us – that He doesn’t give up on us, as we are so apt to do with others. He sees us, not as we are, but as we will become. He sees us through the lens of love, mercy and grace.
He never sees our sin when He looks at us, for they have been removed as far as the east is from the west, never to be remembered again. That is so amazing to me, for often when I look at myself I think, along with Paul, “Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death.” But the Word says, “For those who are in Christ, there is no condemnation.”
That God would love me and live in me and allow me to share in His glory – that He would allow me absolute unlimited access to His presence, just blows my mind. That in spite of all my sin, my failures, my weakness and my fear, He still wants to and will continue to use me. He is so incredibly good!