2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.” MEV
This new update of the KJV has done an outstanding job of translating this passage. Even though the word “mirror” is not in the Greek text, the idea is there in the word usage.
The idea transferred is that when we look in a mirror and see the glory of the Lord, we begin to recognize that we actually look and respond like Him. This experiential “knowledge” of His image seen in our persons allows us to move from the glory we have known that is little and law centered, into the full glory of His Holy Spirit within us.
This verse does a good job of combining the statement of truth with the experiential knowledge that same truth. We so often think the two are very separate, when in reality any truth that is truth is experientially true and is expressed that way in a transformed life.
Truth cannot be separated from the experience of it. It is not about our circumstances saying the same thing – they most generally do not. It is about receiving the truth in a way that it becomes experiential in Spirit and then expressed through our lives. This is known as faith – not an abstract idea with some sort of “wish” or positive thinking behind it. Instead it is a confidence in truth from the Word that is deeply rooted in fellowship in the Lord, so trust is born and released in reality.
Yes Lord! May it be ever so true in and though us.