“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” – 2Corinthians 3:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Context is key when bible interpretation is concerned.
It is worthy of note that one of the essential rules in bible interpretation is reading words, phrases or statements within the context of its usage. A vital fact that must be comprehended is that the bible can never mean today what it never meant when it was first written. That said, one of the most misinterpreted texts in the bible is the above text where the phrase “from glory to glory” is used. Many have interpreted that phrase to depict something material. They assume it to be from the glory of driving a bicycle to the glory of driving a range rover; from the glory of being a tenant to the glory of being a landlord; from the glory of being an employee to the glory of being an employer; from the glory of having ten thousand naira in your account to the glory of having one billion naira in your account. So, the phrase “from glory to glory” has been given a material connotation; however, this is birthed by their inability to read a text of the scripture within its context.
In context, where the phrase “from glory to glory” is used, Paul was discussing two different kinds of glory; the glory of the Old Covenant (which was in Moses that faded away) and the glory of the New Covenant which is in Christ (2Corinthians 3:9-18). That is from the glory of the ministration of death which was by the Law of Moses to the glory of the ministration of life by Christ Jesus.
Thus, “from glory to glory” in this context has nothing to do with anything material; rather, it is a spiritual reality. That is, the man in Christ is no more under the Old Testament (the Law of Moses) but he is in the New Testament. Thus, we are not under the glory of the law but under the glory that is in the New Testament which is more perfect and glorious than the Old Testament. So, whenever the believer in Christ uses the phrase “from glory to glory” in his words or songs, what he should be seeing should not be money, but the new creation in Christ which money itself cannot produce. Our focus must be on the spiritual blessings we have in Christ in the New Testament (the indwelling of the spirit, justification by faith, the free gift of righteousness, etc). We (the new creation in Christ) are the true or unfading glory of the Old Testament revealed in the New Testament. We are the unfading glory of God. That said, does it mean that it is wrong for the believer to desire financial increase, connections or good things of life like cars, houses, etc? The answer is no. But the truth is, the phrase “from glory to glory” does not have anything to do with material things. Material things cannot be compared to our spiritual realities. Material things are not eternal (they will all fade away) but the spiritual blessing we have in Christ is eternal and can never fade away. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Set your eyes on your realities which are immaterial in nature.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my spiritual realities in Christ; thank you Lord for making me your unfading glory. I declare that my gaze is fixed on these realities till nothing else matter, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The new creation is the unfading glory of God his creator.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1