STRANGE RESEMBLANCE

STRANGE RESEMBLANCE

2 Cor. 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 from the Lord, the Spirit.

“You look just like your father.” Whenever we look at family pictures, people often talk about the family resemblances. He has his father’s smile, or she has her mother’s eyes, we sometimes have some strong family resemblance. Paul talks about spiritual resemblance in today’s verse, we are beginning to look more and more like Christ. A.B. Simpson spoke about this in his observations on this verse.

“We are represented as gazing with fixed look upon the face of Jesus Christ, and, as we gaze, His likeness is reflected in our countenance; the Holy Ghost is taking a picture of Jesus, not on a sensitive plate, as in our photographic art, but on a human face, and the face becomes a living illustration to the world of the glory of our Lord. In order that this picture may be perfectly taken, we must keep our own face steadfast, and our eye fixed upon Him, and as we do so His glory is reflected in our countenances, and His very image is reproduced in our faces. It is also necessary that we must gaze with open face. There must be no veil nor cloud between. As in the photographer’s art, the little covering must be removed from the face of the camera in order that the impression may be taken; so the world, the flesh, and every obstruction must be put aside, and with unclouded face and single eye we must look steadfastly to Him; and as we become occupied with Christ, and abide in His fellowship, His glorious likeness is reproduced in us, and we stand before the world, not only living epistles but living likenesses, of our blessed Lord. Sublime conception! We are illustrated volumes, revealing to the world our blessed Savior, even as He revealed to the world His glorious Father.”

What is it about you that reminds people of your Heavenly Father? Is the glory of His countenance shining out from your face? This image of Christ in us increases as we look upon Him. As we spend time in the scriptures, as we gaze upon His beauty in worship, as we draw near to His throne in prayer, we are being transformed into His image from glory to glory. The incredible beauty of His nature actually begins to shine out of our faces just like it need from Steven as he preached before the Jewish elders. The glory of the Lord actually and literally begins to assimilate into our nature, in other words, we start to bare a strong family resemblance. Instead of our beauty fading, which is part of the aging process, as we mature in Christ His beauty becomes more profound. Smile, I think He is getting ready to snap your picture, He wants everyone to take a look at one of His treasures.

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