Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 14, 2018

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 13:24-35.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;  and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES;
I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”  Matthew 13:31-35.

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In the first parable of the mustard seed which grows and becomes a tree, we meditate on the growth of the kingdom of heaven on a global scale.  “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  Matthew 24:14.  We already have seen the fulfillment (or at least the near fulfillment) of this prophecy.

In the second parable of the leaven which leavens all the flour, we meditate on the growth of the kingdom of heaven on an individual scale, that is, how the kingdom of heaven penetrates and transforms and perfects us, the elect, as individuals, such as shown by the following verse.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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