Taking it a little more in depth.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB)
Lately, God has been bringing this scripture to the forefront. Many people have asked me, “what exactly does going from glory to glory mean?” I’d like to give you some insight in the next few posts.
Let’s start by defining the word glory. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines glory as: great beauty and splendor; magnificence; something marked by beauty or resplendence; and the splendor of the beatific happiness of heaven.
These are words that our culture has, in a sense, lost. And maybe that’s part of the reason the verse is hard to understand.
Although the same Greek word is used in this scripture, “glory to glory,” they are each used differently. The first “glory” refers to the Old Covenant (law), and the second refers to the New Covenant (Gospel of Jesus). What Paul is saying is that we are being transformed from the glory of the law, which is holy and righteous (Romans 7:12) but also earthly, to the glory of the Gospel, which offers us grace, forgiveness and life. The glory of the Gospel moves us from earthly glory to spiritual glory. Through the Holy Spirit we have access to the supernatural ways of God. We are no longer bound to the earth. We can fly in the spirit.
Here is my personal revelation on the scripture.
When we receive Christ and are baptized, we receive the first installment in our faith (Eph. 1:13-14 & 2 Cor. 1:22). It is the first installment because our faith is supposed to continue growing. Our faith is not supposed to stand still. It is meant to be active and lead us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18). In other words, the Holy Spirit that came to us at baptism invites us to get to know the Godhead deeper and deeper. He desires to take us from one revelation to another revelation of who He is. Even though we will not experience Him in His fulness until we are face to face with Him in heaven (Rev. 22:4), we can choose to open ourselves up to who He is and to the magnitude of His love here and now.
In Eph. 1:17-19 Paul offers up a prayer that we too can pray.
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power” (emphasis added).
We need His SUPER on our NATURAL to become SUPERNATURAL! We need Holy Spirit knowledge to be able to comprehend His love for us. We need supernatural revelation to comprehend the mysteries of heaven. All of this is available to us through the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 2:12 tells us,
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.”
Notice the last few words, “interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.” God will not reveal the understanding of our gifts to those who do not choose to rise above the things of the world. If we are only interested in the things of this world, God will respect that choice. But, if we want more, He is excited to reveal it to us one step at a time. The more we want the more we search. The more we search, the more He reveals. Proverbs 25:2 says,
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” (emphasis added)
When we are baptized into Christ, we are baptized prophets, priests, and kings (*CCC 783-786). The glory belongs to us (kings) to search out the hidden things of God. We have the Holy Spirit alive within us, therefore with Him, we can search even the depths of God (1 Cor. 2:10). No human being can know the mind of God. Only the Holy Spirit can. The good news is, that through the Holy Spirit, we can now have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). Do I hear a Whoo Hoo and an AMEN! That is awesome news!
So back to the original question, “How do I go from glory to glory?” Well, the answer is easy, really. We simply activate the Holy Spirit within us.
We’ll discuss this in the next blog.
For now, read and ponder Ephesians chapters 1 & 3 and 1 Corinthians 2.
Pray with me.
Living from glory to glory,
All scripture is from the NRSVC translation unless otherwise noted.
*CCC - Catechism of the Catholic Church