2 Corinthians 3:18. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
We behold the glory of the Lord and it change us. Paul uses the word transformed. In Greek, Metamorphoo.
Metamorphoo is a seldom used word in the New Testament. It’s only used four times. Two of them are in Paul’s writing (here and Romans 12:2), the other two are when Jesus was transfigured on the mountain top.
Matthew 17:2. And he was transfigured [metamorphoo] before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
Wow! What happened to Jesus on the outside is happening to us on the inside. Inside we shine like the sun. Inside we are pure light.
Metamorphoo is change from the inside out. Not a mechanical change like a “house flipping” TV show. This is a change that comes from a new nature. It’s organic. Like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly or a flower blossoming.
2 Peter 1:3-4. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Peter describes the change that takes place in us as an indwelling divine nature. A nature that brings us into the glory and excellence of God. When God’s grace and your faith collided, the divine nature took hold in your spirit. Now your life force is controlled by God. And that is good news!
Paul makes it clear that our transformation is present, ongoing, and passive. Christian, you are changing. You can’t stop it. You can’t will it to happen. But you can resist it just like you can resist any grace. But God will prevail. Where your sin abounds grace abounds much more. So why not sit back and rest in the grace of God in Christ Jesus?
“To live is Christ” is to be being changed. Can you feel it? Me either. But sometimes, when I let myself pause and look back over my life, I do see the change. Sometimes when I instinctually forgive someone, or sorrow with someone, or respond in kindness without thinking about it too much, I experience the transformation. The metamorphoo. The transfiguration. And that’s glory.
Are you able to believe that you are being changed? When you look back over an extended time in your life can you see this change? How does your union with Christ empower the transformation that is occurring in your heart?