Do you see that? Transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory. Where is that in church today? Have you seen a Christian who lives like that?
Being changed into his image in ever-increasing glory means you begin with glory and advance further in increasing glory as the days, weeks, months, and years go by. It means as you age, you become more glorious (I say more perfect) like Jesus Christ. You don't become more rotten or stubborn or become a difficult person. Yet, today, that's what happens. Most church people worsen as they grow old--sometimes hopelessly worse than people of the world.
For instance, when you get born again, you begin with meek and then become meeker as you mature in Christ. When you're old, you become like Moses--no one in all the earth was meeker than he was during his time (Numbers 12.3). He started with a simple shepherding job and rose to have a big ministry of about a million "membership" which involved an entire nation. And they were to have vasts "church" properties in the Promise Land. And yet we find Moses meeker before God took him away.
However, meek as he was, Paul said Moses' glory was nothing compared to the glory we have in Christ. "Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was," [2 Corinthians 3.18].
That is truth. I believe that. Yet, today, you don't see that ever-increasing phenomenon in church. Almost everyone grows rotten as they age. They don't mature--they just grow old. Worse, as their ministries grow big, their prides swell.
Perhaps you'd say, not all of them are like that. Yes, but that isn't acceptable, God's WORD applies to all. No one's exempt. God has no favoritism. Anyone (not just some) in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come. Supposedly, anyone in Christ is being transformed into Jesus' image in ever-increasing glory. If that's not happening, then there's something TERRIBLY WRONG in believers.
You see a lot of believers around with rotten characters--self-centered, arrogant, proud, ambitious, easily hurt or offended, and thinking ill of others--yet very active in church and even holding key positions. They've been like that for years and don't change. And they claim it's normal because they're only humans, and no one should judge them. But the truth cannot be changed--believers should be changed into his likeness in ever increasing glory.
Before we start spreading the Gospel around to make our ministries big, it should first change us on the inside for real. And I mean for real, the real thing.