Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

Transformation - 2 Corinthians 3

Since growing concerned about the Law a few weeks ago, I've found myself troubled with fears, guilt, doubts, and confusion.

Earlier last year, I found myself considering the fact that mature Christians were those most pained by their sinfulness and simultaneously those most at peace with the Lord. And I was aware that I wasn't that greatly pained by my sinfulness. That thought bothered me.

It was that feeling of knowing that there is someone better than yourself and feeling jealous and inferior. It was also a feeling of worry, knowing that I deceive myself by feeling that I have no sin to repent of (1 John 1:8). So, I began praying to be made aware of my sin so I could expose it and do something about it.

I began to feel anxious, guilty, and uncertain. I began to wonder if the Lord could ever purify my heart. I couldn't keep his commands, let alone even learn or remember them! I began to worry that perhaps I would not be a completed work at the day of His arrival. Maybe my case would simply take too long to work out. I began to feel like I had learned nothing at all and that I had failed the Lord. Justification and sanctification became a blur. I caught myself fearing the thought of death, and of putting Christian sanctification on a sort of time line, and of being utterly confused.

Tonight I picked up my Tyndale Bible and opened to a random page - 2 Corinthians 3. I read this:

"But we all, with unveiled face,
beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image..."
-2 Corinthians 3:18

It's not my worry, my anxious effort, or my self-powered attempts that purify me. It's the work of the Lord in me. He is the one who called me and who justified me. He is the same one who will purify me and make me holy as he is holy. He calls me to follow Him and to "keep in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25). He will complete his work as he has promised (Romans 8:29-30). But it's God who is accomplishing the work in me (John 3:21) to the glory of His own name.

So I can take up Leviticus 19:18 without fear. "love your neighbor as yourself" Yes, I'm called to think of others more than I do now. I'm called to show kindness to them, to respect them, to bind up their hurts, to sacrifice my time and resources for them, to bless them with the beauty and truth and sweetness of the Creator's heart in artistic ways. I don't love my neighbor that much now. But I don't have to worry about failure. God is working in me. He will sanctify me if I remain in Him. He has promised it. In the meantime, I hide in the Perfect One. "He who has the Son has life." 1 John 5:12

Rather than drown in dismal doubt, I turn my eyes again to my God (2 Chronicles 20, Hebrews 12:2).
Rather than muddle in murky fear, I look into the truth which sanctifies me (John 17:17).
Rather than sink in a sea of guilt, I take His hand and walk on the water. "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). Come, Lord Jesus!

Make me holy as You are holy! (Leviticus 11:45)
Make me perfect as You are perfect! (Matthew 5:48, John 17:23)
Teach me truth and lead me to walk in it! (Psalm 86:11)

Dwell in Your servant, for Your servant longs to do Your will.

"But we all, with unveiled face,
beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image..."
-2 Corinthians 3:18

"In Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, we se[e] God [th]e Father as in a moste cleare glasse." -Geneva Bible (1560) note re: 2 Corinthians 3:18
Tags: hebrews, holiness, ii corinthians, john, leviticus, romans

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