Painting A Portrait of Glory (Ephesians 2:10 KJV)
A Reflection of Glory
God our Creator is forever portraying glory through and by His Son Jesus Christ and through us by His Spirit. The ultimate objective is to be conformed into the image of His dear Son, into His very own likeness (Imago Dei which means the Image of God.) He is transforming us into that image (a portrait) of Jesus Christ. This is the image that He first desired to portray through Adam before sin entered in and marred that image.
God’s outward expression of Himself, was man created in Adam. He made man in His image and after His likeness, but man fell from that portrait of glory. Yet, our loving Heavenly Father, bridged the gap in and by Jesus Christ, and gave us another chance to live as the glorious creatures that He created us to be. He has begun painting a new picture of glory through our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. God changed His canvas from Adam to Jesus and painted His latest portrait and made all things new.
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV).
The Master Artist
God has painted a portrait of glory through life. Life is the canvas that God paints through. The sky, clouds, sun, moon, stars, trees, flowers, birds and all of the wonders of the world are the works of the Creator’s hand.
When we hear a beautiful song we are hearing the expression of hearts who have been affected by that portrait of life in some way and we listen to the lyrics of the vocalist who sings of the various experiences in life; or when we see art which reflects depth, we marvel at these manifestations because we can discern the essence of God by what we are hearing and seeing. God is omnipresent in everything created. God created everything for His purpose.
To what extent do we realize that God is the master of creative ability? Creativity is an avenue of expression, which is a reflection of the majesty of God. An artist would use paint and a canvas, a musician uses instruments, and a singer uses their voice. God uses life and nature to display how glorious and creative He is.
Look at all of the many diverse people in this world. It has discombobulated humans to comprehend that God has not created one particular prototype or species, but that in His vastness saw fit to create all kinds of people of diverse colors, eyes and hair colors, sizes, shapes and heights. It has to be obvious by now that He is a God of supreme diversity. Whenever we experience beauty in any form, we should be able to see the magnificence of God and His invincible character.
Jesus took captivity captive
Ever since the fall, our picture of glory has been distorted. We are not able to fully see God for who and all that He is. We are finite in other words limited; God is infinite, which is limitless. The first man Adam transferred us into the bondage of sin by a solitary act of disobedience. When the devil engineered the fall of man, he had also transferred the world to himself, and became its prince, he had real authority over all that was, until Jesus Christ showed up and took captivity captive.
Man had been destined to be king of this world; God had given him authority and dominion. Isn’t that a description of being a representative of glory? Jesus paid the price to redeem us back to God by His precious blood. Now, it is up to each and every creature to decide whether, or not they choose to accept the provision of salvation, and the promise of eternal life with God; as He allows us to start all over again the way that He ordained and meant it to be in the first place.
We are a work in progress
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).
The Greek translation of the word for workmanship found in (Ephesians 2:10) is the word (poiema). It can be interpreted as a poem. When we think of a poem, we think of composition set to verse. Poems carry the connotation of works of art, yet. this is what God is saying that we are in Christ Jesus. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and God’s creativity is boundless. I acknowledge that poetry is an avenue, by which I can express what is going on within me while on life’s pathway. Outwardly, I write on paper of what my heart is conveying and wants to put into words and express to others.
We are in Christ, who is God’s expression of Himself. If you have seen the Son you have seen the Father also. We see the Godhead with our spirits. Jesus is the express image of God the Father. (Psalm 139:14) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well. The psalmist had a revelation of God’s magnitude living within him and made a decision that he was going to praise God because he had come to the realization that he was a work of art and that God’s works were now known by his soul as well.
God is constantly and actively involved in the development of our characters to ultimately reflect His holiness. His character is above reproach, blame, guilt and shame. Godly character reflects the quality of God’s goodness. (Philippians 2:13) "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." We can’t do anything without His will being preeminent in and over our lives.
We are God's Canvas'
God is still painting His portrait of glory in and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave His life a ransom for ours; He traded places with us and told the Heavenly Father to keep on painting His portrait of glory through Him. Jesus exchanged places with us in order to give us back what God wanted us to have in the beginning when He gently sketched life on the canvas. The character, which was forfeited, can now be regained through Christ Jesus. It is a matter of value, which means that the eternal is over the temporal. In the process of being God’s poems I pray that we reflect the expression of glory that He the artist is painting. I titled this chapter, “Painting a Portrait of Glory.” which is indicative, that this is still happening, making it present tense. It is our destiny which is the operative, in knowing that God has finished His portrait, but we can only see the end product by faith in Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. He that begun a good work in us shall complete it unto the coming of our conquering hero.
Jesus Christ is my super hero, and I love Him. I encourage you to be still and know that He is God; movement while an artist is painting a portrait will delay progress, and a rough draft will digress productivity. I pray that I have your attention and that you deem it of the utmost importance to let God, paint His portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ through you.
Pray with me
Paint Your portrait of glory in and through me. I submit myself and bow my life to You for the fulfillment of Your purpose which You have predestinated me to walk in. It is not my desire to be a silhouette, but to wait, rest, and trust You to paint with my life what You will. Thank You for the revelation of how You are painting a portrait of glory through the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit as You conform the Body of Christ into that same image from glory to glory by the power of Your Word.