“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 by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV).
The phrase “from glory to glory” describes the progressive nature of Christian life on earth. It is a life of ever-increasing glory. Our conversion is the dawning of glory in our lives, which experience “is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18 NKJV). The Bible affirms that the overarching purpose of God in the coming and suffering of Christ was to bring many children to glory. “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings’ (Hebrews 2:10 NKJV). Therefore, our conversion to Christianity is our inauguration to glory. The glory experience of the believer, unlike that of the Old Covenant that fades away, is continuously increasing in every way. No wonder the Apostle Paul affirms that believers in Christ are God’s children, “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:17 NKJV). We are joint heirs with Christ of the glory of God. Hence, Christ in us is our “hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Christ is our hope of glory because only Him can removed the veil that prevents us from seeing and experiencing the glory of God. “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ” (3 Corinthians 3:12-14 NKJV) . Until one comes to Christ, one is veiled from the glory of God. The Word of God will not make sense to you until Christ removes the veil over your mind. In the Old Covenant the glory of God dwelt in the Holy of Holies, which was veiled out of sight, and out of reach from all except the high priest (Hebrews 9:1-10). When Christ died on the Cross, that veil tore supernaturally from top to bottom signifying that the way to glory has now been opened (Mark.15:38)
Christ is our hope of glory because His blood gives us boldness to enter the Holiest and encounter His glory. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19-22 NLT). The Presence of God is the whirlpool of His glory. We have unhindered access and unparallel opportunity to dive into and drench in that whirlpool of glory this year.
Do not let anything stop you from bathing daily in His Glory because only in that way will you advance from “faith to faith” (Romans 1:17) and go “from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7), having received “grace for grace” to experience “glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). God will grant glory moments from time to time to reinforce your experience of His glory in Jesus’ name. Welcome to our year of Glory!