“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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 by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:17,18
The teenagers played a game called “Move Joe.” Joe stood less than six feet tall but weighed in at around 240 pounds. He was all muscle and as sweet as a kitty cat playing with yarn on the living room sofa. First we assigned one teen the job of moving Joe without aid. This of course proved impossible, especially since I told Joe to make it as difficult as possible. It took about eight kids to move Joe’s inert body across the sanctuary.
The above verse says we are being transformed into the very image of God, from glory to glory. God’s work is transforming us into the glory, the “Doxa” of the Lord. Unfortunately, a little is lost from the Hebrew to the Greek. ‘Doxa’ is the Greek word used in NT used to portray the Old Testament Hebrew word for glory, ‘Kabowd’. The root of ‘Kabowd’ is ‘Kabad’, meaning, weighty. God’s glory is splendorous, full of honor, abundant, rich, full of dignity and honored reputation; God’s glory is weighty.
Just how is the weightiness of God added to our frame such that we are not tossed by winds of false doctrine, nor swayed by temptation, remaining immovable through the many, many trials of life? God uses the very trouble through which we suffer to add glory to our lives. Like spiritual muscles, when our will is tested, our resolve becomes increasingly firm.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17. Since the Greek word for glory, Doxa, does not sufficiently describe the weightiness of Kabowd, Paul adds Baros, meaning ‘burden, load, heaviness,’ and thus the rendering “WEIGHT of GLORY”. Read Romans 8:28 once again in this light, for such is the destiny of all who know the love of God in Christ. God causes every sorrow, every pain, every fear, every heartache to work together for this good, to transform us into the image of Christ, who Himself is suffused with the Glory of God.
Spiritually speaking, on Earth we are here to gain weight. We are being established, more difficult to move, like Joe. Let God build His nature into you so that not even a room full of wild teenagers could move you from your place.