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LOOKING AT THE LORD JESUS FOR TRANSFORMATION

"18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit."

We are advised by this passage to look at the Lord Jesus, Who is the Glory of God to effect our transformation. The Christian has 2 forms: the Christ form and the Adam form; what lies between these forms (morphai) is trans-form-ation or meta-morph-o-sis. Romans 12:1-2 speaks to the same issue.

Thus let us take a look at the Lord Jesus in His glory to be transformed.

1:12 And I turned to see
the voice that spoke with me.
And having turned I saw
seven golden lampstands; 13 and
in the midst of the lampstands one like unto a son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and
girt about at the breasts with a golden girdle. 14 And
his head and his hair were white as white wool, [white] as snow; and
his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 and
his feet
like unto burnished brass,
as if it had been refined in a furnace; and
his voice as the voice of many waters. 16 And
he had in his right hand seven stars; and
out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword; and
his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.

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COMMENTS:

"one like unto a son of man,"

The Lord Jesus has 2 natures: God and man.

"clothed with a garment down to the foot,"

The Lord Jesus is holy. He has an aspect of aloofness, even though we Christians are a part of His "body." The covering goes to the foot; one cannot see underneath. We will never know all about Him.

and
"girt about at the breasts with a golden girdle."

Gold implies incorruptibility. You can bury a pure piece of gold and dig it up later without any tarnish. God also implies value. Gold is real money; it is not paper. How valuable is the Lord Jesus? If we placed the entire universe on one side and the Lord Jesus on the other, His value would far surpass that of the universe. The value of His blood shed for our sins far outweighs the negative value of our sins.

14 And
"his head and his hair were white as white wool, [white] as snow;"

White suggests purity. There is not the slightest trace of evil in the Lord Jesus. He never had a traitor inside (as we do) cheering at the thought of sin.

and
"his eyes were as a flame of fire;"

The Lord Jesus has perfect vision. He can see right through us,better than X-ray vision or any MRI scan. He, as God, can read our minds. Like fire, his vision penetrates.

Fire also purifies. Our works have to be tried at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Some of our works are destined to be burned up as wood, hay, and stubble (1 Corinthians). From where comes that fire which burns up our unworthy works? We could picture it as coming from our Savior's eyes. One is reminded of the look the Lord Jesus gave Peter after the betrayal.

15 and
"his feet
like unto burnished brass [ or bronze]

The large altar at the tabernacle was made of bronze, reputed to be heat resistant and hard. The Lord Jesus is a judge. He is pictured in Revelation as treding the wine press of the wrath of God. Blood flows from those feet so hard in judgment.

" as if it had been refined in a furnace; "

The Lord Jesus, we might say, had his feet put to the fire of God's wrath on the cross.

and
"his voice as the voice of many waters."

No one can shout down the Lord Jesus or interrupt His voice, when He speaks loudly. His will and word will prevail.

16 And
"he had in his right hand seven stars;"

He is Lord over the angels. As powerful as angels are, He could crush one is a moment. Yet His hand is a place of protection for those He loves.

and
"out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword;"

All He need do is say the word, and reality must change to fit His will. He can speak a universe into or out of existence in a moment. His mouth is an ultimate executive mouth.

and
"his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength."

Here one is reminded of the what Paul saw on the Road to Damascus. He is the Glory of God.