Our Lights Will Grow
2 Corinthians 3:18
This week you prepared your hearts for FUEL weekend by studying passages focused on light. You have learned how God is our true, eternal, and sovereign Light, that He created light and will be our Light for all eternity, and how the enemy seeks to deceive us by being a false light. Today we will focus on the treasure we have as believers of daily growing in Christ Jesus and shining His glory and light by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In studying 2 Corinthians 3:18, it is important to look at all of chapter three. This helps us interpret the verse in context. Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and teaching them about the ministry of the new covenant in Jesus: the eternal, unfading, glorious light of Jesus Christ that surpasses the glory of the old covenant. This is not discounting the old covenant, but Paul emphasizes that the glory of the law shows us our sin and inability to keep the law. It is a fading glory, however, the glory of the new covenant is an eternal glory that is growing evermore and transforming believers from the inside out! Reading Exodus 34:29-35 is helpful in understanding 2 Corinthians 3:18 because here we see that after meeting with the Lord, Moses’ face shone and he placed a veil over his face because this glory would fade until he met with the Lord again.
As believers under the new covenant in Jesus, we have the unfading eternal glory that will only grow in our hearts and lives as we grow in the Lord. We have been made new creations in Christ and are transformed from the inside out. As a result, we have a bold hope and confidence in Jesus. Our shame and guilt have been taken away and we are forgiven by Jesus. We can come to the Lord in our weakness to confess and repent of our sin, knowing that God is faithful to forgive His children. We can behold the glory of the Lord because of Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death, and resurrection. We can approach God the Father with boldness and confidence in Jesus, our Advocate and High Priest!
What mercy and grace the Father has shown us in Christ, and what a gift He has given us in His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us! But how can we daily grow in sanctification? Paul makes it clear that growth in Christ comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit, not by anything that we can do in our own effort. Therefore we should confess our helplessness, ask the Holy Spirit to change and transform our lives, and be deeply rooted in God’s Word. God has given us His word that we may know Him, love Him, and become more like Him. So let’s rejoice together in the great privilege we have to behold the Lord each day in His word. Be diligent to do so, and ask the Lord to change you day by day to look more like Him!
Are you living in practical righteousness with an unveiled heart before the Lord? If not are there any strongholds or sins in your life you need to surrender to the Lord?
How have you seen the Lord’s work in your life to sanctify you- changing you to look more like Jesus as you walk with Him daily?
What are ways you can grow in the spiritual disciplines in order that you may discipline yourself for godliness daily growing to look more like Jesus? (Ex: Bible Reading, Scripture Memorization, Payer, Evangelism, etc.)