1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” By the working of the Holy Spirit, we are blessed with an ascending revelation of God and His plans, but eventually and ultimately (rarely in our lifetime) we will see who we really are. This upward spiral of revelation of just who we actually are is an adventure that is not to be missed; our basic, soulful, flesh prevails if left to its own devices, but with the Spirit, He is the energy added to the system to propel us upward. Without the Spirit, we devolve into a downward spiral.
As 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us, “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.” What an incredible statement! By beholding and being in the presence of God Himself, we are transformed: He is the energy added to the system to ensure a progression deeper and deeper into intimacy and therefore being transformed into Christ’s image. If left to our own devices, we will spiral downward; but with God’s help, He lifts us in an upward spiral of sanctification.
In Romans 8:28 we read, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose.” We quote this verse on the worst of days to make ourselves feel better…and we should! But what we have to understand is that the ultimate good is not a conditional or situational good, according to our interpretation or wishes, but rather God’s definition of good. This is another verse quoted often, but many leave out the “punch line” as it were. In the following verse (vs. 29) we see what God’s definition of “good” actually is. Verse 29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, (so) that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren.” So all things working together for good is God’s way of transforming us! Whether it is what we think of as pleasant or edifying or even tolerable makes no difference; the end product is that we are transformed.
If we can learn to embrace “all things” in faith that God knows what He is doing and has our best interests in mind, life would look and feel a lot different! All tests and trials and tribulations are to mature and purify our faith; all times of blessing and health are to increase our strength in joy. Just like strength training, a muscle must be broken down to be built up stronger. The upward spiral into transformation is not easy, is not all rainbows and unicorns, is not a form of religion to satiate, but is the most beautiful and worthwhile endeavor any person can pursue. Faith is a gift that is earned in the school of the Spirit; you are saved through faith, but untested faith is salt without the saltiness.
Other “Kingdom Notes” posts: Wild Goose Chase, and “Let Your Light Shine”, and “The Kingdom Within”, Greater than John the Baptist?, What are You Looking At?, and “Embracing Holy Spirit as God”