In 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Paul talks about our spiritual transformation as Christians. This is the process where we are made to be more and more like Christ throughout our lives. In verse 18 of our text Paul describes this process as us being transformed from one degree of glory to the next. In Sunday’s sermon we asked and answered 3 questions about spiritual transformation.
1. Why do we grow?
The short answer to this question is: we grow because the Holy Spirit indwells us as Christians and we have turned to the Lord. The Lord has saved us to make us holy. Paul makes this point by reminding us of the fact that Israel has a veil over their hearts and minds. They read the Bible, but do not see Jesus Christ or their need for a Savior. All are in this state apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. As Christians, however, this veil has been removed. We have turned to Jesus and believed in Him. This means that we now grow to be more like Jesus Christ.
2. Who grows?
The short answer to this question is: we all grow. In verse 18 Paul makes it clear that Christians all grow to be more like Christ. There are no exceptions to this. We are not saved because we grow, but our salvation necessarily results in our growth. This does not mean that we all grow at the same pace, or that we don’t stumble along the way. This does mean that we should all desire to grow in the glory God has for us. We should hunger and thirst for righteousness.
3. How do we grow?
The short answer to this questions is: by beholding Jesus Christ. In verse 18 Paul says we grow as we behold Jesus. We become what we behold. We imitate what we worship. The more we behold Jesus Christ in adoration and worship, the more we become like Him. Whenever we behold Jesus Christ in the Scriptures and in worship with faith, we are made to be more like Him. May we strive to behold Jesus Christ more and more!
Here are the discussion questions from Sunday’s sermon: 2 Cor. 3.12-18 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan