Beholding the Glory

beholdIs it possible to over-illustrate?  I pondered that thought as I prepared this week’s sermon.   I had trouble knowing what to keep and what to cut so I finally decided to include them all: veil, flashlight, mirror and tablets of  “stone”.  My concern was that rather than the point being illuminated thorough the images, it would get lost.

Illustrating the glory of Christ is a bit like illustrating God; all comparisons eventually fall apart.   Saul of Tarsus caught a glimpse of the glory of Christ on the road to Damascus and he was never the same.  So too, when we catch sight of God’s glory seen in the face of Christ, we are changed.

How can this glory be expressed?  How can we communicate it to others?  It is best seen in the transformed lives of those who have trained themselves to gaze upon Christ as though studying mirror.  Our lives are changed by the Spirit until message and messenger are one.  Our lives bear witness to the transforming work of God’s Spirit.   We are the best illustration of the glory of Christ as we are changed by his Spirit from glory to glory.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Arletta says:

    We are really enjoying your sermons on II Corinthians! Thank you for all the prep you put into them.

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