There are, of course, many obstacles to the process of "transformation" described by St. Paul in this passage. Our own sin nature, Satan and his adversaries, and of course the world (culture) in which we live, continually work to negate the glory of God in our lives.
As we have mentioned over the past weeks, the word "glory" is everywhere in Scripture and it always is connected to God. Although the word seems to have lost much of its meaning in the contemporary church, it is one of the most significant words in Scripture.
The word "glory" (doxes) from which we derive the word, "doxology", refers to the incredible, awe-inspiring, presence of God Himself. We often tend to think of "glory" in terms of brightness or radiance, but it is more than that: it is utter perfection, or completeness.
Of course, in the Old Testament, Moses would have to cover his face whenever he returned to the Israelite camp because He had been in God’s presence. His face shone so brilliantly that the people were afraid to face him.
Today, we have that same brilliance working in us through the presence of the Holy Spirit. As we sing each Sunday, may the brightness of God’s spirit be reflected in our song of praise and worship.