From Glory to Glory

When the Word of God speaks about man being changed from glory to glory, we need to ask ourselves, “What does that look like?”

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass [a mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Our traditional interpretation of this verse is that as we look into the mirror of the Word, the Bible; when we find the truth about who God has made us to be through the new birth; when we accept and understand those things as we find them; then we grow from glory, to glory, to glory…and continue in that process.  This is an accurate description of the process of renewing our minds, in our belief systems, to what is truly complete in our spirits.  There are many other verses in the Word of God that say this very same thing, but let me suggest an additional interpretation for this verse.

In the letter of Peter we can see a reference to the “glory” of natural man.

1 Peter 1:24 (KJV)
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

We also can see in the book of Psalms another indication of the “glory” of the natural man.  In Psalms 8:4 the Amplified Bible clearly points out the subject of the glory is the natural, earthborn man.

Psalm 8:4 (AMP)
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?

Then as we continue in Psalm 8:5 the American Standard Version of the Bible states that this natural man, a descendant from the fallen Adam, has been “crowned with glory and honor” by God Himself.

Psalm 8:5 (ASV)
5 For thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor.

In these scriptural verses the bible speaks about the “glory of man,” who was given authority in this earth by the will of God.  God is not opposed to His creation as having a type of glory, or honor and dignity, but He has made a provision for man to be able to trade the worldly honor and dignity for the very same glory that Jesus has right now.  That is the transformation (or change) that takes place in our spirits at the time of the new birth.  In an instant, upon choosing Jesus as Savior and believing in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension; our spirits are baptized (totally immersed) into the Spirit of God, completely made new and filled with His fullness.  The Amplified Bible so beautifully puts it as such:

Colossians 2:10 (AMP)
“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]…”

This is now true in our spirit man.  This is now the “glory” into which we have been changed.  When once we only represented the glory of the natural man; we now share in the glory of God, the same glory of Jesus, the Christ.  In John chapter 17 Jesus, speaking to the Father asks for this very same thing:

John 17:22 (KJV)
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

I realize that this could be confused with Jesus asking only for this to be a reality in the chosen apostles, but in the verses that precede verse 22 we can see that this high priestly prayer of Jesus is also meant for everyone who believes.

John 17:20-21 (KJV)
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

In the letter of James we find a warning.  James, by the Holy Spirit gives us a job or work that we, as born from above Christians must do in order for us to achieve the abundant life that Jesus said He came to make available to us.

James 1:25 (KJV)
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

This “perfect law of liberty” of which James is speaking is the mirror of the Word, the Bible.  Then he says that we must be a “doer of the work.”  What does that look like?  This “work” that we must do is to “look into the perfect law of liberty.”  Then James states “this man shall be blessed in his deed.”  The “deed” that we must do is simply the work of looking into the Word of God so that we can be, initially, changed from the natural glory of man into the glory of God; then to continue looking so that we can be changed step by step, from glory, to glory, to glory…

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass [a mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

From this point forward, as we look into the Truth of God’s Word, we should see the risen Jesus shining forth from us because the veil of the Law has been destroyed, enabling us to see clearly into the law of Liberty.  It is in this manner that we will be participating in the process of changing the way we think as mere men, to thinking like God.  Thinking about Him correctly as the Giver of every good and perfect gift; and thinking about ourselves correctly as the children of His love; who are filled with every spiritual blessing that was once contained in only heavenly places, but now has been poured out upon us by His grace and through His faith, because of Jesus:  the First Begotten of many brethren!

God is good!!