Tell your story-we have a story

Photos by Sara from her yard

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NASB).

“The same Greek word for “glory” is used twice in the phrase from glory to glory, yet each usage refers to something different. The first “glory” is that of the Old Covenant—the Law of Moses—while the second is that of the New Covenant, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Both have astonishing splendor.

The Old Covenant was given to Moses directly from God, written by God’s own finger (Exodus 31:18). That root of our Christian faith is glorious indeed; it’s the glory we’re coming “from.” Yet the New Covenant, the glory we’re going “to,” far surpasses that of the Old.

“But, as we move from glory to glory, there’s something even more important about the glory of the New Covenant that Christians must understand: its supernatural power to transform us. And that brings us to God’s ultimate purpose and destination for every believer, to transform us into the image of his own beloved Son (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:28–30; Philippians 3:20–21)

“Before he finishes with the topic of being transformed from glory to glory, Paul presents yet one more astonishing claim: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Online Ask Recommended Resource: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Holman New Testament Commentary by Richard Pratt

I’m still trying to take it all in! The photos are breathtaking because I’v heard the end. Glory to Glory! This is the invitation the Lord makes to all that call out to Him (Psalm 145:18) to have our lives radically transformed here and now, by opening our eyes to see the glorious journey He is taking us on “from glory to glory.”

7 thoughts on “Tell your story-we have a story

  1. Sara, your pictures are so beautiful and inspiring, particularly in the setting of the scriptures you shared!

    This example of God’s wonders at work brings us such an encouraging story and promise to pause and reflect on. As I read this scripture, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,8 for those who are called according to his purpose” and looked at that beautiful caterpillar having to slowly move from ground to stalk to feed on leaf and then repeat and repeat. Such work and toil to grow until one day she makes her final arduous ascent …and then hangs in a J until confined to the constriction of a tight cocoon. There where unseen beauty and freedom at last is being formed.
    It really does show us just what you quoted, Sara, “its supernatural power to transform us.”

  2. The footnotes for second Corinthians 3: 18 says: (NLT) “ The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like him. In the Good News, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about Christ’s life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what he is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; John 3:2). The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like him.” The pictures above have unbelievable beauty. To think that caterpillar 🐛 can become that gorgeous butterfly!?! 🦋 I don’t believe 🤔 that happens overnight?

  3. Thanks Debi and Tammy, so exciting to read your sharing and pause to think about the encouragement you both offered. You confirm the potential with power to transform from glory to glory is ours to own. It reminds me that I may own exercise equipment but to possess the benefits from equipment I need to do my part. I’m not real good with that theory. I’m looking in a spiritual window and wondering how Im doing on fluttering with joy by my beauty of or lack of colorful wings.🦋

    1. Thanks for sharing the amazing video above. I found this online: “In just 9 to 14 days the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is complete. Through the chrysalis, the day before the adult emerges, you can see the orange and black wings of the Monarch butterfly inside.“ 🐛…………….🦋

  4. What an incredible video, Sara! Just to see the whole transformation process makes me think of so many analogies in scripture of what you said, “the potential with power to transform from glory to glory is ours to own.”

    “He’s shedding his face” reminded me that “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20

    The caterpillar does not waste the precious food given to him by God.…he cleans up after himself and eats his own egg. “So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.” John 6:13

    “…To have enough energy for the long journey ahead”. Interesting that they have to feed a lot and grow bigger before they are “ready for a whole new life.” That brought me back to what you shared, Sara, in your previous blog, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”- John 6:51 (NRSV) Such a thoughtful thought for me that Im trying to grasp the living life in this world by this bread given…as this table of fellowship gathers here to hear and understand Mark 4:9. I’v heard this living referred to as “robust living.”

    “The caterpillar pushes his body.” That’s like you stated, Sara, “It reminds me that I may own exercise equipment but to possess the benefits from equipment I need to do my part. “ The apostle Paul struggled. He said, “…Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under
    strict control,” I Cor 9:27

    “Shedding his former self. The caterpillar actually digests himself and rebuilds himself too.” In order to be transformed we, too, have to do something: “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1

    I think these words of yours from the blog, Peaches Loves” shed more light on the importance of this transformation: “I’m very much aware those belief were great for those days but the new springs forth because God is the Creator. He uses His people that He formed in a Mother’s womb to grow and invent and do new things. Such things we could never dream of until He is ready to reveal.”

  5. How glorious is our God! His creation shows us His power and leaves us with great Hope!

    “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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