“But we all, with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of

the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even

as by the Spirit of the Lord.”–2 COR. iii. 18 (Revised Version).

I suppose there is almost no one who would deny, if it were put to

him, that the greatest possible attainment a man can make in this

world is likeness to The Lord Jesus Christ. Certainly no one would

deny that there is nothing but character that we can carry out of

life with us, and that our prospect of good in any future life will

certainly vary with the resemblance of our character to that of Jesus

Christ, which is to rule the whole future. We all admit that; but

almost every one of us offers to himself some apology for not being

like Christ, and has scarcely any clear reality of aim of becoming

like Him. Why, we say to ourselves, or we say in our practice, it is

really impossible in a world such as ours is to become perfectly

holy. One or two men in a century may become great saints; given a

certain natural disposition and given exceptionally favouring

circumstances, men may become saintly; but surely the ordinary run of

men, men such as we know ourselves to be, with secular disposition

and with many strong, vigorous passions–surely we can really not be

expected to become like Christ, or, if it is expected of us, we know

that it is impossible. On the contrary, Paul says, “We all,” “we

all.” Every Christian has that for a destiny: to be changed into the

image of his Lord. And he not only says so, but in this one verse he

reveals to us the mode of becoming like Christ, and a mode, as we

shall find, so simple and so infallible in its working that a man

cannot understand it without renewing his hope that even he may one

day become like Christ.

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