Changed from Glory to Glory
If the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
—2 Corinthians 3:7–8
Scripture reading: Matthew 17:1-13
The glory on the face of Moses had to pass away. Why was it to be done away with? So that something else that had exceeding glory could take its place.
We have no conception of the depths and heights of the liberty and blessing of the “ministry of the Spirit.” We must reach for this position of godliness and be partakers of the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). The law was so glorious that Moses was filled with joy in the expectation of what it would mean. To us, there is the excellence of Christ’s glory in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is no longer, “Thou shalt not.” Rather, it is God’s will, revealed to us in Christ. “I delight to do Your will, O my God” (Ps. 40:8). And, beloved, in our hearts there is exceeding glory. Oh, the joy of this celestial touch!
When Peter was recalling that wonderful day on the Mount of Transfiguration, he said, “Such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory” (2 Pet. 1:17). If I were to come to you right now and say, “Whatever you do, you must try to be holy,” I would miss it. I would be altogether outside of God’s plan. But I take the words of the epistle, which says by the Holy Spirit, “Be holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). It is as easy as possible to be holy, but you can never be holy by your own efforts. God wants us to be entirely eaten up by this holy zeal for Him, so that every day we will walk in the Spirit. It is lovely to walk in the Spirit, for He will cause you to dwell in safety, to rejoice inwardly, and to praise God reverently.
Thought for today: When you lose your heart and Another takes it, and you lose your desires and He takes them, then you live in that sunshine of bliss that no mortal can ever touch.
Excerpted from Smith Wigglesworth Devotional by Smith Wigglesworth, © 1999 by Whitaker House. Published by Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.whitakerhouse.com.
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