Becoming Who We Are

“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 from the Lord, the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

Today is the last day of class in my third summer session at the Master’s College. As always, the teaching has been wonderful and the days have gone by far too quickly! The Lord has blessed my soul in numerous ways through the natural beauty of His creation in Southern California and through the supernatural beauty of His Word and godly fellowship. Each morning, I thank God for the privilege of being able to begin a day of class by praying together with my professors and fellow classmates. Such an experience is becoming increasingly rare in our culture, and I never want to take it for granted!

During this week’s classes, we’ve studied a number of amazing doctrines from Scripture, including the doctrine of progressive sanctification. My professor Dr. Ernie Baker shared this quote by Martin Luther which captures well the encouraging truth that although we have not reached Christlikeness, we are heading toward our destination…

This life therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise.  We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished but it is going on; this is not the end but it is the road.  All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.

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California or Bust!

“How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

Proverbs 16:16

Back in the late 1800s, people began flooding by the droves into Santa Clarita, California, after a man named Francisco Lopez discovered a few nuggets of gold while digging up some wild onions. News of his expensive lunch blazed like a prairie fire across the country, luring prospectors to the site with big dreams of striking it rich, and so began the period in history which we know as the California Gold Rush. Even though mining has long since been prohibited in Santa Clarita, I can tell you from experience, there’s still gold in them thar hills. Actually, there’s something even better than gold there, and that’s the reason I’m on my to Santa Clarita right now.

The time has come for my annual trip to the Master’s College to take more classes in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program. This is my 3rd year in the program, and I’m so grateful for the way the Lord has used the MABC to supply my soul with that which Solomon described as being more valuable than gold–the wisdom of God’s Word. Next week, I’ll be soaking in lectures for two classes I’ve been working on for the past few months–Theological Basis of Biblical Counseling and Methods of Biblical Change. I am more than a little excited about the prospect (no gold mining pun intended).

Since I will be busy, busy over the next 8 days, things may be a bit quieter than usual at Precious Adornment, but I hope to continue posting daily Beauty Supplements for you to enjoy and maybe a little update or two about what I’m learning. Oh, and if I happen to see John MacArthur while I’m out there, I’ll be sure to let you know. ;)