The Manifestation of Christ

It is written in 2 Corinthians 3:18,

“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..”

One reason we are here on earth as Christians is to reveal Christ’s glory. At Antioch, the disciples were first called Christians meaning “Christ-like” because they reflected Christ. People saw that they had the attribute of Christ. When people see you, who do they say you look like (apart from physical appearance)? Will they say you look like a follower of Jesus? The funny thing is that most people have not seen Christ but they can tell when someone truly has Christ or not. More than what we say or preach to others (our character, dressing, conversation etc.) speaks more. Action speaks louder than words.

The Veil that hid the Lord’s face from us has been removed and we can now behold the glory of Christ. And as we behold him, we do not remain the same as we are changed and transformed to His image and likeness. As Christians, our lives five years ago should be different as beholding Christ over the years should change us for the better.

Beholding Christ does not mean we should all expect to see Christ suddenly appear to us and we change all of a sudden. Christ is the word (Holy Bible) and the word is Christ (John 1:14). The more we read the word with guidance by the Holy Spirit, the more we are being changed to be more like Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 says,

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”

Christ has taught us how to manifest Him on the earth. Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus gave us two major commandments. In Matthew 22:37-39,

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”.

My emphasizes is on the second commandment by loving people the way you love yourself and the way you want to be loved. This is very difficult for most people as selfishness has dominated their hearts but through the transforming power of the word of God, we can love this way no matter how difficult it may be. We are to love by praying, giving, sacrificing things or time, forgiving, evangelizing etc. We should not be comfortable when we know our neighbour is on the way to hell.

You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:15). Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. Anywhere you find yourself as a Christian, you are to be a benchmark. You should not compromise for anything. Show Christ to the world. You should be different from the people of the world and let your light draw souls to Christ.

Romans 8:19 says,

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”.

Let your life be a manifestation of Christ.

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