Theme: As You Look You’re Changed
|Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, PhD, DSc|
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…(Hebrews 12:2).
Everything the Father is and has is in Jesus. Colossians 2:9 says, "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." He’s the expression of the totality of divinity. Now you can understand why He said, "…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…" (John 14:9). In the eleventh verse of the same chapter, He said, "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…" (John 14:11).
Therefore, to behold Jesus is to behold the Father. Today, we see Him in the Word, for He’s the living Word. He’s the beauty of God. Another beautiful thing is that the more you know Jesus, the more you see Him in, and through the Word, the more you know and see yourself, because you’re in Him. You can’t know Jesus without discovering yourself. The Bible says as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). So, to know Him is to know yourself.
No wonder the Bible says, "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18). The glory of God is Jesus Christ; He’s the effulgence or brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, as you behold the glory of God in the mirror of God (His Word), you’re transfigured from glory to glory. The more you behold Him in the Word, the more you see that you’re exactly like Him: the perfect reflection and reflector of God’s glory.
Keep your eyes on Him and be continually metamorphosed from glory to glory. James 1:25 says anyone who continues to look is blessed. In other words, he’s like a tree planted by the rivers of water, forever fruitful, productive, and prosperous in all things.
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that transforms me from glory to glory. As I study and meditate on your Word, I’m metamorphosed, and positioned for the higher life of glory and triumphs, filled with strength, courage, faith and wisdom to do your will, and fulfil my destiny in you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study: James 1:22-25 : 1 Corinthians 6:1-20 Psalms 119:1-112 : Colossians 1:9-18 Jeremiah 6