A Cause For Christ’s Exaltation
By Michael Zaucha
The excellency, majesty and preeminence of the Son of God, Christ Jesus our Lord is of such exceeding great magnitude and full of glory that in your seeing Him, knowing Him, believing in Him as He is revealed in the record God has given of His Christ (I Jn. 5:10) - and your following the Lamb whithersoever He goeth (Rev. 14:4), it is of extremely great wealth and value to you.
For example, it is in His light that we see light for Jesus is the Light of the World, and He demonstrated this truth to men when He declared, "he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (Jn. 8:12). Putting that reality within our grasp, Jesus again said: "whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness" (Jn. 12:46).
It is from the light that streams from His very Person that all things are clarified and judged and changed. Even our very persons are affected by His light, as we see Him, as we believe Him, as we consider Him and as we look unto Jesus.
As it is written pertaining to those who do follow, consider and believe on Jesus: "for we all with open face beholding 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" (II Cor. 3:18).
The Apostle Paul is given to make known the manner of the kingdom of God and of His Christ concerning the absolute needfulness of God's people to have an ongoing exposure to the risen and glorified and exalted Christ – not only the means by which we do enter in, but also the means for us to be sustained, to increase and to be perfected unto glory.
For We All. As it is written, "for we all" pertains to everyone who is a new creature in Christ Jesus, who is living by faith, and is drawing near to God. None are above their need of this exposure to Jesus. By His grace and tender mercy, we do approach and come boldly to the throne of grace in the knowledge and persuasion of what Jesus has and is accomplishing in our behalf.
With Open Face. The Apostle Paul is making known the manner of Christ's kingdom and of His people's needfulness to be exposed to the exalted and glorified Christ. Our exposure comes from the light of the glorious gospel of Christ - making known and confirming to us that Jesus is The Christ, The Son of The Living God, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (I Cor. 15:3-5). Unlike as Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he took the vail off, but put it back on when he came out (Ex. 34:34), those in the new covenant don't have this veil to deal with anymore for "which veil is done away in Christ" (II Cor. 3:14), and His glory continues to shine to us and in us.
Beholding, as in a Glass, the Glory of The Lord. This is the current and continuing involvement of the saints - beholding Jesus. Beholding is a most powerful new covenant enablement for the saints. It is a result of our receiving the forgiveness of sins, and being born again. The new creature within us is created in righteousness and true holiness which empowers us to steadfastly observe, consider and draw near to the exalted and glorified Christ. The Law of Moses made no such provision to God's people for a continued exposure to Him. This is a real change that has occurred in the new birth giving us not only the desire to draw near, but also the ability to do so and stand in His presence.
It is through the glass - the glorious gospel of Christ - (II Cor. 4:3-6) that we are given to behold the glory of the Lord, and as we continue to do so, it has a remarkable effect upon the beholders.
We are Being Transformed into the Same Image. - The light of the glorious gospel of Christ is a powerful worker upon the saints who are beholding Jesus through it - it is changing them into His very image! - (Romans 8:28-29 is an affirmation to this truth) - as they steadfastly behold Him, He that began this good work in them, shall continue to perform it in them until the day of His return (Phil. 1:6).
From Glory to Glory as by The Spirit of The Lord. This continuing perfecting work is being accomplished through the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent unto His people, "even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me" (Jn. 15:26). The testimony of Jesus through the gospel will bring forth to the saint advantage, blessing and increase, to the end eternal life. As it is written: "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" (Mk. 4:28).
This is the manner of the Kingdom of God and of His Christ, and the manifestation of Christ's effectual reign and rule among His people. For those who desire to let their lights shine, you do so by exposing yourself even more to God's Christ, considering the Apostle and High Priest of your profession (Heb. 3:1), considering Him that endureth such contradiction of sinners against Him (Heb. 12:3), and looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). As we do so, when we come down from the mount having been with The Lord, our light will shine and the people shall notice it.