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The Mirror

The Mirror

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" 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."— 2 Cor, iii. 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."— 2 Cor, iii. 18.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 16, 2013
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THE MIRROR GEORGE PAXTO YOUG, A.M, " 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."— 2 Cor, iii. 18. When it is said that the glory of the Lord is beheld by believers with open face, a comparison is implied in these words, " with open face/' between the circumstances of Old Testament and those of ew Testament saints. Under the ancient economy, the glory of the Lord was displayed in the revelation then enjoyed ; but, owing to the form of the revelation, it was displayed obscurely. A veil, so to speak, was betwixt the eyes of the beholders and the object of their contemplation. But there is no such veil in our case. What they saw indistinctly, we see in perfect fulness and unclouded beauty. This remark will also make it evident what is to be understood by the glass or mirror in which the glory of the Lord is beheld. It is the incarnate Mediator, " the Word made flesh.'" A comparative dimness character- ised all the manifestations which God made of himself to those who lived before the coming of Christ ; but when " the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father'' appeared in the world, " he declared him ;" de- 116 MISCELLAEOUS DISCOUESES. clared him as far as it seems possible for the infinite Je- hovah to be revealed to man. A strictly parallel passage to our text, and one which proves the correctness of the interpretation now given, occurs at the sixth verse of the
following chapter of this epistle, where the apostle tells us that " the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" is imparted to believers. The text may therefore be briefly paraphrased as fol- lows : — We all ; we who live in Gospel times ; we who have witnessed the actual fulfilment of the promises made to the fathers ; we who have seen the Word made flesh, and have had the plan of redemption exhibited to us, not in types, nor by means of ceremonial rites, but in its literal reality — we all, occupying a position of such high privilege ; enjoying so clear a revelation of God ; beholding, through no obscuring medium, but directly, the glory of the Lord reflected from the person of his incarnate Son, as from a burnished mirror — are, as the effect of such a manifesta- tion of Jehovah, ourselves changed into his likeness by a glorious and progressive course of sanctification, through the agency of the Holy Ghost. Such is the statement which, in the following discourse, I shall endeavour to illustrate ; and, separating the main ideas, you will perceive that they are the following. First, the face of Jesus Christ is a glass or mirror reflect- ing the glory of the Lord ; secondly, believers beholding the glory of the Lord in this mirror are progressively trans- formed into Jehovah's image ; and thirdly, the eflicient agent in working such transformation is the Holy Spirit. Let us go to the consideration of these topics, praying that there may be no veil upon our minds preventing us from comprehending or profiting by them. I. I begin by considering THE FACE OF Jesus Christ as a mirror which reflects the glory of the Lord. THE MIRROR. 1 1 7 By the glory of the Lord we are to understand the per- fections of his nature — those attributes on account of which
he claims, and is entitled to, the homage of his creatures. It would not be possible to present a better summary of the divine perfections than is given in our Shorter Cate- chism in answer to the question, What is God ? — an answer at once simple and sublime, brief and comprehensive. " God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.'' The various attributes here mentioned form in their combination the glory of the Lord. It is because God possesses them that he is — and, world without end, shall be — worthy of being glorified. The glory of the Lord — the impress of his perfections — is stamped upon all his works. There is not an object in the field of nature which does not present unmistakable traces of a divine hand. Consider the meanest flower that blooms in the valley ; examine any leaf that grows upon the trees ; look at the unnumbered forms of animal life, from the microscopic insect to the largest of animated tribes, and in all you will perceive most striking proofs of the intelligence, power, and beneficence of the Creator. " The heavens declare the glory of God ; and the firmament showeth his handy-work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and niorht unto niojht showeth knowledoje.'' The stars trembling in their places, the clouds floating on the atmos- phere, the winds as they blow, the thunder as it rolls, the sounding cataract, the majestic ocean, the drops of dew glitter- ing hke pearls in the lap of morning, the varied products of the changing seasons, — all speak to us in language which we cannot misunderstand, without doing violence to the instinctive dictates of our own breasts ; and what they say is, " Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised'' — " The Lord is good to all " — " His wisdom is unsearchable." Something also of the glory of the Lord may be learned 118 MISCELLAEOUS DISCOURSES. from the book of providence. When we inquire into the

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