More comments from the June 5 combined Sunday School class when we discussed our recent Holy Spirit study:
In Lesson 1, my attention was directed to 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 which states: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." These verses immediately brought to mind an Old Testament Bible story that has always fascinated me. After communing with the Lord, witnessing His glory, as well as receiving instructions for Israel, Moses descended from Mt. Sinai with a glowing face. The Israelites noticed this glow but Moses did not even realize that his face was glowing. Wow! How powerful must this have been to see Moses' face shining!
I have to admit, I have often wondered what it would be like to have this glow and for others to be able to see this glow. More importantly, since Moses did not even realize he was glowing, I have wondered if I am ever glowing and if others can see it. These verses in 2 Corinthians clearly answer my question on how to obtain this glow and that is by being transformed into His image by contemplating the Lord's glory which increasingly comes through the Holy Spirit. In other words, we need to contemplate the Spirit to become like Jesus and then, we will reflect God's glory more and more.
Even with Moses' access to God and the many opportunities he had to be in God's presence, after time away from God he would begin to lose the glow. When the glow would begin to dim, he would cover his face with a veil so that the Israelites could not see this fading glory. However, because of the Holy Spirit, we are different from Moses in that we have the amazing opportunity of being able to constantly contemplate and commune with the Lord; and as we do this, we are being transformed into the Lord's image, and, unlike Moses, we actually are able to glow brighter and brighter!
Further, if we want to truly commune with God and know the mind of God, as Moses did on Mt. Sinai, we have to seek the Spirit and have Him reveal God's thoughts to us since, according to I Corinthians 2:9-16, He is the only one who knows God's thoughts.
Truly, this study and specifically these verses resonated with me, as I hope they have with you, and have caused me to be much quicker to seek, recognize and acknowledge the Holy Spirit's role, presence, and power in my life. - Holli Dilks
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