05 May Transformed by Glory
Last Sunday, Joel Smith closed our Eternity series with a sermon from John 10:27-30 and encouraged us with this truth: God graciously preserves his people; therefore, rest in Christ and run the race with confidence.
This Sunday, Pastor Jason Finley will begin our new series in James with a message from James 1:1. Through James’ example, we will see that a living faith truly changes us. As you prepare for our Sunday gathering, let this devotional from Milton Vincent point you further to the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Reflect: “Transformed by Glory”
The glory of God is the most powerful agent of transformation available to mankind. It is so powerful that it transforms those who merely gaze upon it. The Apostle Paul gives personal testimony concerning this stunning fact. “But we all,” he says, “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). From Paul’s testimony I learn that if I wish to become all that God wants me to be, I must behold His glory each day.
But where do I find God’s glory to behold? Indeed, the glory of God is revealed throughout all of Creation (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 6:3), but the Bible indicates that, outside of heaven, the glory of God in its thickest density dwells inside the gospel. It is for this reason that the gospel is described in Scripture as “the gospel of the glory of Christ” and “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Timothy 1:11). Consequently, as I habitually gaze upon the glory of the Lord revealed in the gospel, I can know that actual deposits of God’s very glory are attaching themselves to my person and transforming me from one level of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18). This transformation is deep and abiding, and unfadingly displays the glory of God to others (2 Corinthians 3:13).
“Transformed by Glory,” in A Gospel Primer for Christians, by Milton Vincent
Sing: Song List for Sunday
1. “By Faith,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty
2. “Worthy of More,” by Austin Stone Worship
3. “Lord, Have Mercy (For What We Have Done),” by Matt Boswell & Matt Papa
4. “Not in Me,” Arr. The Gospel Coalition
5. “All I Have Is Christ,” by Sovereign Grace Music