2Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
This is the passage that this blog got its name from. You see, in today’s age we are told to use “great plainness of speech,” “not as Moses, which put a vail over his face.” (2Cor. 3:12-13) In the past things were not that clear. The Bible says that “even to this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.” (vs 15) That is why there are so many people that read the Bible and still believe crazy things. They read the Old Testament with a vail. They cannot understand until they “turn to the Lord,” at which point, the Bible says, “the vail shall be taken away.” (vs. 16) And we finally come to the main scripture. “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (vs. 18) We are all changed the moment we behold “as in a glass the glory of the Lord,” (vs. 18) Once we are changed, we gain liberty through the Spirit of the Lord to understand scripture: The prophecies and mysteries therein. (vs. 17)
Now, this passage parallels back to 1 Cor. 13. Although any saved person has the Spirit’s guidance and understanding of the Holy Scriptures, we still do not fully understand everything. The Bible teaches that “we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” (Cor. 13:9) You see, even though I can go to the book of Revelation and show you the future, I cannot tell you everything that will happen. I am not omniscient, although, I can tell you what the Bible says. “We see through a glass, darkly,” is what the Bible says. (vs. 12) Yeah, we see Christ through a glass, but it is tinted. We don’t have a clear, perfect view. Someday, though, we will see face to face, that which we now only see through a glass, darkly.
1 John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
We are the sons of God now, but we still have this old flesh holding us back. When Christ comes back, the Bible says, “we shall all be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:51) “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1Cor. 15:53) When we put on immortal bodies, we shall be capable of seeing Christ face to face. Right now though we can only look through a glass.
The point of all that is to show that, right now we can understand the Bible. But looking to Jesus through the Bible is like looking through a glass. Someday we will understand everything, and “we shall be like him.” For now, however, we must stick with the Bible. So many people try to go extra-Biblical, and claim “God likes this, and He doesn’t like that.” He may be right, but if it ain’t in the Bible then he has no authority. You see, we do not know everything about God. Just like the verse states, we only see through a glass. If the Bible says something is wrong, it is wrong; but when the Bible is silent, that is where “as in a glass” comes in. We don’t know everything, but we do know what the Bible says.
This site is about beholding the glory of the Lord as in a glass. I will give Bible truth without compromise, but I will only teach what can be seen through this glass.