Changed into the Same Image, from Glory to Glory

by Ralph Erskine

“Thoughts of Christ are assimilating thoughts, sanctifying and transforming thoughts: ‘But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass 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. 3:18). They that see Christ, cannot but love him, and desire to be like him, for there is a smitting [infectious] favor in his face. They that are in heaven are like him, because they see him as he is: the beautiful vision brings in full conformity to him. Now, a spiritual thought, and a believing thought, is a mental sight, a fiducial vision of him, and the more of this, the more conformity to him in holiness. The thought that endears Christ, embitters sin. A man cannot think duly of the loveliness of Christ, without thinking of the loathsomeness of sin. O! When the Sun of righteousness ariseth, there is a heat that accompanies the light, and warms the heart. And, indeed, high thoughts of Christ do warm the heart, and make it burn within him. And heart-warming thoughts tend to burn up corruption, for, as Christ comes into the heart, sin must go out, according to the measure and degree of his coming. As a talent of gold, or some weighty metal, falling into a vessel of water, dashes out all that is in the vessel to make room for itself, so Christ coming into the heart, dashes out sin to make room for himself. And, indeed, they that have honorable thoughts of Christ in their hearts, cannot have favorable thoughts of sin, because, whenever Christ comes into the thoughts, if he do not wash out the life, yet he dashes out the love of sin. . . . So far as Christ comes in, sin goes out. It is possible, indeed, that a believer that hath Christ in him may think that he hath more sin than ever, and that sin is on the growing hand, instead of the decaying. But he is mistaken. It is in this case as it is with a cup of water.

from Monergism


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