Transformed into His likeness!
(James Smith, "The Great Comforter" 1858)
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord — are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18
The sight of Christ makes us like Him.
The Holy Spirit . . .
enlightens the mind,
directs the eye to Jesus,
points out the excellencies of Jesus,
and keeps the eye fixed on Jesus!
As we behold Him, we are changed into the likeness of His holiness, love, truthfulness, mercy, justice, and compassion. We become spiritual and Christ-like. Our humility deepens, our patience strengthens, and our benevolence becomes more pure and expansive.
Man by nature, is altogether unlike God.
Man by grace, is being gradually conformed to the image of God.
Man in glory, will exactly resemble God.
We shall then be like Him — for we shall see Him as He is!
O Holy Spirit, change me from glory to glory, until I am all glorious within and without, for Jesus' sake!