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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:18 glory to glory. We, like Moses when he entered the tabernacle to speak with God (Exodus 34:34), also come into His presence with open (that is, unveiled) face when we read His Word, which both reveals us for what we are, like a mirror (compare James 1:23-25), and also reveals to us the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. In so doing, we (like Moses) can begin to reflect His own image in our lives and even our countenances, from one degree of glory to another to another. And just as we are changed “from glory to glory,” we also receive “grace for grace” (John 1:16). Thus we are gradually being restored to the full image of God in which we were created (Genesis 1:26-27), being “renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him” (Colossians 3:10), for we indeed are predestined “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).

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