Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chained to Self or Changed by Christ?

Chained to Self or Changed by Christ?

February 25, 2014 at 6:49am

For every look at yourself, 
take ten looks at Christ.
~ Robert Murray McCheyne 

But we all, 
with unveiled face 
beholding as in a glass 
the glory of the Lord, 
are changed 
into the same image 
from glory to glory, 
by the Spirit of the Lord.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

The Old Testament believers 
had only cloudy and passing glimpses of that glorious Saviour, 
and unbelievers looked no further than to the outward institution.
But the great precepts of the Gospel, 
are truths stated as clearly as possible. 
And the whole doctrine of Christ crucified, 
is made as plain as human language can make it. 
Those who lived under the Law, had a veil upon their hearts. 
This veil is taken away by the doctrines of the Bible about Christ.
When any person is converted to God, 
then the veil of ignorance is taken away. 
The condition of those who enjoy and believe the gospel is happy,
for the heart is set at liberty 
to run the ways of God's commandments. 
They have light, 
and with open face 
they behold the glory of the Lord. 
Christians should prize and improve these privileges. 
We should not rest contented 
without knowing the transforming power of the Gospel, 
by the working of the Spirit, 
bringing us to seek to be like the temper and tendency 
of the glorious gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 
and into union with Him. 
We behold Christ,
as in the glass of His Word; 
and as the reflection from a mirror 
causes the face to shine, 
the faces of Christians shine also.
~ Matthew Henry

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