From "The Lord my Portion" for September 14But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.. 2 Corinthians 3.18. A coppersmith pours the liquid copper into a mold, and thus the copper poured in takes on the form of the mold. Or take the example of cake making, in which a man puts a prepared dough into a mold resulting in the cake taking upon itself the form of the mold. We are to be likened to the Lord to just that extent! To the extent of being "conformed to the image of his Son" as Paul says in Romans 8.29. It means we are to be like the Lord in His glorified manhood. If man is to be really changed according to the pattern set by God, he must undergo a transformation in inner quality; that is, he must have the life of God coming into his spirit and must allow it to permeate his whole being till through the change of nature he arrives at the total transformation of image. The Spirit of the Lord works step by step; it is "from glory to glory." Praise the Lord!
"Conformed to the image of His Son" [Romans 8:29] That is the basic, all-governing intent of GOD where His people are concerned. This was the reason Christ went to the cross to suffer and taste death for all; to become the Author and Captain of our salvation, who would "bring many sons into glory." What is the heart and root of our past and present experiences, our trials, our suffer- ings---just this: God is at work to will and to do HIS purpose[Phil 2:13] which is being "conformed to the image of HIS Son." T.A. SPARKS
_________________Martin G. Smith