Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 3rd, 2021

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

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Unveiled Faces

On this past Remembrance Day, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa unveiled a portrait of one of the oldest living Indigenous veterans. Pte. Philip Favel, 98, from Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan joined the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1942 at the age of 20.  After training, Favel was in Europe driving vital supplies to frontline troops from July 1943 to August 1945. He landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day in the summer of 1944. He was awarded France’s Order of the Legion Honour.

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The Bible tells us that the holiness of God is nothing to be taken lightly. Isaiah 6 tells us that even the seraphim covered their faces in the presence of God. Which makes Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 3:18 so shocking. He writes: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” How is it possible for we human beings to contemplate the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces? It is only because of the work of Jesus Christ in our lives. He has replaced our sin with His righteousness, allowing us to enter boldly into the presence of God the Father. What a profound privilege is ours. As we stand in His glorious presence, He continues His work in us. He continues to transform us into His image. But for this to happen, and we must desire this above all, we must be in His presence. We must worship Him, we must praise Him, we must allow the Spirit to do His cleansing, empowering work in the depths of our soul. Enter into His glorious presence today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley