by: Carole L. Haines
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. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB)
So God just blew my mind this morning, as He often does. I was reading in Matthew 17 about the mount of transfiguration and began to wonder if the Greek word for transfigure was the same one used about our transformation in Christ, so I began to research it. Guess what? It is the same word. It is the Greek word Metamorphoo, and it means: to transfigure, to transform, to change form.
It is only found in four verses in the whole Bible, two are regarding Jesus’ transfiguration and two are in regards to our transformation. They are:
1) Matthew 17:2 And Mark 9: 2; Jesus’ Transfiguration
2) Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18- Our Transformation.
2 Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. (Mark 9:2)
As no launderer on earth can whiten them, I love it! God is transforming us into the same image of Christ, the same image. Don’t misunderstand me here, I am not saying we will ever have Jesus’ nature as God, but God desires us to be transformed into His image. That was God’s original intent for mankind, to be made in His Image.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
Jesus fulfils, in our transformation, the original intent of God’s Creation of us. Our God is so Amazing, so precious, so filled with Holiness and Love. So when you feel that gentle nudge of God to stop doing certain things, or to start doing others, that is His hand seeking to mold you into the image of Jesus. Yield to the work of His hand, Dear Believer, just yield to the work of His hand.