Scriptural Gem for November 2011

In 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 we read : "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit". (NIV) The Greek word for 'reflect' is actually the word for 'study closely, look into, contemplate'. The NIV which uses 'reflect' is  somewhat confusing because it creates the impression that we are to reflect God's glory like a mirror, which in turn somehow transforms us. However, the correct reading here is as the King James and certain other translations have it - "...And we who with unveiled faces all contemplate/behold the Lord's glory...". This is what brings transformation - looking at the Lord Jesus Christ. Transformation does not come by concentrating on holiness or good deeds or on what needs to change in us, but concentrating on Jesus Christ and lifting our eyes and our hearts to Him.

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