By Beholding Christ, We Become Like Him
“A continual view of the glory of Christ will have the blessed effect of changing us more and more into the likeness of Christ. Perhaps other ways and means have failed to make us Christ-like. Let us put this one to the test.” – John Owen (1616-1683)
1. What is the transformation that god works in the life of a Christian?
2. How does this transformation take place?
“No one will ever become like Christ simply by imitating his actions. Only an experience of Christ's glory has the power to make a believer Christ-like.” – John Owen
3. What is the glory of Christ? 4. How and where can we see (today) the glory of Christ?
Application:Advertisements, Temptations, and Allurements
“Persons need not and ought not to set any bounds to their spiritual and gracious appetites. [Rather,] they ought to be endeavoring by all possible ways to inflame their desires and to obtain more spiritual pleasures. . . . Our hungerings and thirstings after God and Jesus Christ and after holiness can’t be too great for the value of these things, for they are things of infinite value. . . . [Therefore] endeavor to promote spiritual appetites by laying yourself in the way of allurement. . . . There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting."—Jonathan Edwards
“Is Christ then glorious in our eyes? Do we see the Father in Him? Do we daily meditate upon the wisdom, love, grace, goodness, holiness, and righteousness of God as revealed to us in Christ? Do we realize that to see this glory in heaven will be our everlasting blessedness? Does the sight of His glory which we have here increase our desire for that perfect sight of God we shall one day have above? Make up your mind, that to behold the glory of God by beholding the glory of Christ is the greatest privilege which is given to believers in this life. This is the dawning of heaven. It is the first taste of that heavenly glory which God has prepared for us. For this is eternal life, to know the Father and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.” – John Owen
“If you cannot travel, remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is more glorious than all else you could ever see. Get a view of Christ and you have seen more than mountains and cascades and valleys and seas can ever show you. Earth can give its beauty, and stars their brightness, but all these put together can never rival Him.” – Charles Spurgeon