Transformed 3 | January 17
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Since we have such a [glorious] hope and confident expectation, we speak with great courage, 13 and we are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the Israelites would not gaze at the end of the glory which was fading away. 14 But [in fact] their minds were hardened [for they had lost the ability to understand]; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed [only] in Christ. 15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil [of blindness] lies over their heart; 16 but whenever a person turns [in repentance and faith] to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom]. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.
28 Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets. 29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.
1. Your transformed life is meant to be seen.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
2. The transformed life is radiant of God’s presence in our life.
3. His presence or transforming power will come through your devotion to His Word (the Bible).
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
4. His presence or transforming power will come through fellowship (love for others).
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
5. His presence or transforming power will come through life or circumstances.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
6. Three environments that God will show His transformation in your life to others:
1st environment—God uses trouble to teach us to trust him (negative world, devil).
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2nd environment—God uses temptation to transform us to be like Christ.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV
But such as is common to man.
"Get out of here, Satan," Jesus told him. "The scriptures say, 'worship only the Lord God. Obey only Him.'"
Philippians 4:8 KJV
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
You’re better off to have a friend than to be all alone . . . if you fall, your friend can help you up.
3rd environment—Being mistreated.
1 Peter 2:20-23
20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: 22 "Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth"; 23 who, when he was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously.
People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus:
And the elders made fun of him: even the bandits who had been crucified with him insulted him in the same way.
Jesus said, "Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing."
Forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.