Beholding is a way of becoming. We all take on the likeness of that which we admire. This is the doctrine of sanctification in a nutshell. If our gaze is preoccupied with our idols we will become like them. "Those who make them (idols) will be like them, and so will all who trust in them." ( Psa. 115:8) The Bible teaches that idols are unreal, they are nothingness. If we are consumed by idols, we become like them, we become immersed in nothingness. We become empty vessels.
But, those who are consumed with Christ are focusing on what is real. After experiencing the reality of Christ who would want to return to the emptiness of illusionary idolatry? What is your obsession? Imagine what we might be were we obsessed with Christ? The more we behold him the more we become like him.
Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.