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).
Paul draws an appropriately graphic illustration from the Old Testament account of Moses being asked to come up on Mt. Sinai to have audience with God. In having this face-to-face encounter with God, Moses reflected divine glory in that his face shone with the glory of God, but upon leaving the presence of the Almighty, the glory faded. Contrastingly, our glory is eternal and does not fade away; it is ever increasing and not transitory as was Moses’ glory. Paul wants us to know that we do not lose the glory of God because His glory is in and upon us; it is ever increasing and does not fade away.
As we stand unveiled before God, we are being changed into the image of Jesus whom we behold! Being changed into Christ’s image and reflecting His glory is in no way small or insignificant. It shows that Christ’s essence, character, and nature are shared with us, His body. We are now in the process of realizing, laying hold of, that which we have in Jesus Christ. Knowing this will cause us to daily live out on the earth God’s reality and essence joined with His power and authority.