The mirror Christ

Look into the mirror


II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror (ROTH receiving & reflecting) the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, (CONEYBEARE all the glory which shines upon us is reflected by us. From glory indicates the cause or origin of glory while to glory indicates the effect of the reflection of that same glory from us) just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Eaton Translation says: Everyone is invited with an unveiled, untwisted, and unconfused face to boldly peer into the Gravity of God, being transformed by the understanding that is leaving an imprint of the focused radiance of God seen and confronted by others seeing the same radiance by the leadership of the Spirit.

In our English grammar classes we were taught to diagram a sentence or break it down into its simplest parts and in doing this the seemingly difficult phrase was more clearly seen and understood. If we do this with II Corinthians 3:18 we simply get we are being transformed. This transformation is nothing we are doing to or for ourselves but is being done to us and for us by another and we are allowed a glimpse of the transformation taking place by looking into the mirror of the glory or opinion of God about us.

Anytime one peers into a mirror it is always with a purpose either to make an adjustment in appearance or to confirm one's appearance. Historically, mirrors were polished discs of plain metal that cost more than most people could afford. A citizen of less than a thousand years ago who wanted to see their reflection had to look in a pond of still waterand had to stand in line to do it. Full-length mirrors are an even more recent invention being only about 400 years old. Mirrors were and still are an enigma to humans demonstrated by superstition and their place in science. They can represent truth and illusion often at the same time in that they show us as we are in time and can alter our image similar to the circus mirrors that do not reflect truth at all.

The verse above tells us we all are looking into a mirror and are witnessing a change that is occurring, all without operation and effort of the person looking into the mirror. The Eaton Translation likens the mirror to the Gravity of God. The Gravity of God is the full force of God's realityto see Him as He is and at the same time to see Him in us performing the transformation. He allows us a view in the mirror at the operation and plan of the God of Heaven and Earththe one we get to call Father and its effects on us even while religion tells us we are just sinners saved by grace.

A Mirror

Mirrors not only reflect but amplify light reflecting only what is placed in front of it. They are instruments that return light in such a way that the image is a replication of the original. Similarly, a mirror website is an exact duplicate or an image of the original websitealthough not the original it is an exact representation of the original. In reality, a mirror does not produce or duplicate the image in the sense when you move away from the mirror the image is no longer generated in that a basic mirror does not produce a permanent image such as with a photograph or with a copier. Psalms 39:5-6 uses the word 'shadow' and Rotherham says our life is as an image in a mirror implying the image is temporary and is non-existent when you step away from it.

Mechanically, light itself is invisible until it bounces off something and hits our eyes. For instance, a beam of light traveling through space can't be seen from the side until it runs into something that scatters it. This scattering is known as diffuse reflection and this is how our eyes interpret a reflection that the light returning from the object defines and illuminates the object.

As in Adam So In Christ The Image

An image is a reflection a light print of the original. It is not the original but points to or mimics the original. The Greek word is 'eikon'. An other trait of an image is that its dependence remains to the original in that a mirror image is not visible when one steps away from the mirror. It is used in the historical Jewish relationship of the Logos (Reason of God) which is said to be the image of God meaning the Logos is identical and derived from God being a reflection of God's intent.

An image also supplies proof of identity and kinship. How many times have we looked at family pictures and stated they look like their daddy or some other family member. It is a means of identification and not solely duplication. In our identification or in our being imaged / named / identified in Christ, there are many representations in scripture that detail our being with and in Christ as He fulfills the plan of God. Ephesians 2:10 says we are His workmanship, His creation, but implies masterpiece which is something that was fashioned with skill, thought, intent, patience, and with great love. The verses that indicate our relationship of being in Him imply it is an accomplished fact and not something to occur in the future. (Gal 2:20; Rom 6:4,6,8; Col 2:13; Eph 1:10 & 2:5-6)

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22 NKJV

This verse is a portrayal of how we were imaged in Adam and then imaged in Christ. An Old Testament example is Abraham paying tithes to the King of Salem and it was attributed to his children yet unborn namely Levi according to Hebrews 7:9-10 which also pictures the ancient understanding that the male contributed the genetic material for a child. This dying is not a simple contrast of the ceasing of the heartbeat but clearly demonstrates a process or conversion of death to life. The original Greek reads "As in Adam all are dying, so in the Christ shall all be made alive"indicating this is an action in progress. Because all men were in the loins of Adam resulted in the death of mankind then in the same way all men were placed in the Christ resulting in His life being given to all men. The process and promise of the resurrection is secure because we have been imaged or imagined in the Christ by God.

J Preston Eby says to be made alive is more than some instantaneous event to take place some time in the distant future. Made alive is not a blasting open of graves and the coming forth of the bodies that have been buried in them. Made alive does not point to some event when people will go soaring off into the heavens. He goes on to say the Resurrection was not simply an event but as Jesus told Martha at the tomb that the Resurrection was standing there before them as He proclaimed He is the Resurrection and the life.

The Father who was reconciling the world while He was in the Christ was, is, and ever shall be the Resurrection as stated in II Corinthians 5:19 demonstrating that God was not an observer but an active participant. One of our problems is looking at Jesus as our Savior from God and this is a total misrepresentation of God.

Eby then declares the resurrection was not something that happened to Jesus, not some event of which He was a partaker, and not some day marked by the calendar. The resurrection was and is a Man. Eby states that to possess the Man, to put on the Man, to come into union with the Man is to have resurrection, for the Man is the resurrection. In Christ shall all be made alive."

The Greek word 'anastasis' translated as the English word resurrection means a standing up again and our English does not carry the full meaning in that the standing up again is for the purpose of attaining the full stature or purpose of what you were resurrected for. It is the fullest confirmation of our being imaged in the Christ in that when He appears we shall be like Him.

The Re-Discovery of our Inclusion

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV

Before the perfection of the Christ, peering into the law produced a blurred dim reflection of the reality like a riddle or enigma something that is hard to distinguish or to be clearly determined. The verse also indicates that when perfection arrives we shall know and understand fully and clearly the image is made clear. But this verse references the intensity by adding as fully and clearly as we have been known and understood by God. This verse also makes it apparent that this is not an action in response to some event but a purposed intent of the heart of God. Look at these other translations.

I Cor 13:12 ROTH For we see, as yet, through a dim window, obscurely, but, then, face to face: as yet, I gain knowledge, in part, but, then, shall I fully know, even as I was also fully known.

I Cor 13:12 BBE For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me.

I Cor 13:12 MITCHELL For, you see, at the present moment we continue seeing and observing through means of a metal mirror, within the midst of an enigma (the result of something obscurely expressed and intimated, giving an indistinct image), but then [it will be] face to face. Right now I am progressively coming to intimately and experientially know from out of a part (a piece; a portion of the whole), but then I shall fully and accurately know and recognize, from intimate experience, correspondingly as I am also fully and accurately known, by intimate experience.

Our being known was a past knowledge or a knowledge that has always been but has come to light out of intimacy. This perspective demonstrates the idea of rediscoveryas having been there but unknown or more precisely not known fully at this particular time as this verse indicates. Intimacy yields a full disclosure of the true image of who we really are and we can know God and He knows usFather and son.

James chapter one indicates the Word of Truth reflects the beginning of man as in a mirror referring the Perfect Law of Liberty. The theme of the Gospel is revealing the redeemed treasureChrist in us the hope of glory. The one who peers into the Perfect Law of Liberty looking for who they really are reflects back the image that God sees of themselves. The Greek phrase for the 'perfect law of liberty' is 'nomon teleion elutherias' which indicates a perfect order or plan that is unrestrained in liability. The Greek thought is not necessarily a law or rules but a purpose that demonstrates the freedom and when peered into like looking into a mirror the image returned is one of no liability, no law, and no restraints. It returns the image as completely redeemed in full freedom. Andre Rabe translates James 1:25 as Look and continue to look, (into) the perfect, complete, and eternal freedom. Listen; listen intensely; listen in such a way that it bursts forth in inspired expression be the poet of what you see. Then act; act in the full conviction of what you have seen and heard, and you will find delight and affirmation in your action.

The ultimate attainment for man is to appear fully in the stature of the Christ and realize it demonstrating God's divine order in becoming a son of God who knows he is a son and walks in that freedom as Jesus did. It is the Gospel that reflects us in Christ and in that reflection we see who we really areidentified in Christ. The Perfect Law of Liberty reveals our true identity reflecting a son of God.

Jesus Christ is the context and meaning of scripture and his work of redeeming the image and likeness of God in man is what the Bible is all about (Col.1:13-15). The Bible is about Jesus and Jesus is all about youa reflection of you in Christ. Jesus is Gods mind made up about man. The meaning of his name declares our salvation.

The Old Testament introduces us to the promise bound up or imaged in the patriarchs and that promise is the Messiah-Christ, the Anointed One who personifies the thought of God. In that thought He represents the entire human race or more precisely Jesus mirrors humanity. The heart dream of God realized in the redemption of manand seen in the man's one act of righteousness (Rom 5:18) produces one inclusive outcome being it took just one offense to condemn mankind and one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. The disobedience of the one man exhibits humanity as sinners, the obedience of another man exhibits humanity as righteous. (Greek, kathistemi, to cause to be, to set up, to exhibit) Mirror Bible

Isaiah chapter 51 tells those who pursue righteousness to remember their lineage. He tells the Israelites to look to the Rock from which you were hewn and the quarry from which you were dug. He reminds them of their heritagefrom where they came from. Man, not able to see God in himself, looks for Him in the sky as in a distanced relationship. The Gospels and Pauline writings instill in us that God is in us, and the kingdom of God is within but we seek heaven not realizing that the image and likeness of God is preserved in His workmanship. Moses in Deuteronomy 32 reminds them not to forget the Rock who begot them and the God who gave them birth. James 1:17-18 declares Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow of variableness or change. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. The Word of Truth includes the declaration of the origin of mankind and in realizing their true origin, man exemplifies the offspring of God sonship.

The Mirror Translation clarifies the word of truth to be seen as the deliberate plan of God put into action irregardless of obstacles inherent to stop it. His unhidden plan revealed in the Wordthe Logosthe logic and reason of God put into action and made visible in a manJesus.

James 1:17 MIRROR Without exception Gods gifts are only good, its perfection cannot be improved upon, they come from above, (where we originate from, Jn.3:13) proceeding like light rays from its source, the Father of lights. With whom there is no distortion, or even a shadow of shifting to obstruct or intercept the light; no hint of a hidden agenda.

James 1:18 MIRROR It was His delightful resolve to give birth to us; we were conceived by the unveiled logic of God. (The Word of truth. Boulomai, the affectionate desire and deliberate resolve of God. Truth, alethea, from a, negative + lanthano, not hidden). We lead the exhibition of His handiwork, like first fruits introducing the rest of the harvest He anticipates.

I believe these verses refer to the whole of mankind in that all men were in the heart of God from the beginning. This Word of Truth is the affectionate desire of God's heart the dream or ultimate desire of God so anyone who hears who they are in the Word of Truth they realize they are viewing themselves in the thought of Godthey are seeing God's desire for them. Looking into the heart of God we can see His face and looking into His eyes we see usreflected in His being then we can know we have experienced a glinta momentary flash of the extent and depth of God's love.

How are we to reflect someone we cant see? A mirror images things by reflecting a likeness of what is in its field of view; in other words a mirror cant reflect or image what it cant see. The object of reflection must be positioned correctly for the mirror to reflect its image. The same is true of us. If we are to reflect the image of God we must position ourselves to peer into the mirrorand in our desire to see Him we image the Christ who images the invisible God (Col 1:15). This concept does not mean that Jesus literally looked like God the Father, who is invisible but by the way Jesus lived he imitates the actions of God, providing reflective/visible evidence of God by acting in God's behalf. In other words Jesus mirrored, in the flesh, the expressed purpose of God.

God has no problem translating His intent into any language and even able to translate it into flesh. To translate means to make simpler to aid in understanding and comprehension. It was as if God knew we would have discrepancies and misunderstandings in various language formats so He placed His intent before our eyes. Then He holds us up to the mirror Christ and says see, this is youyou are my intent.

Looking like a Son

Put on Christ (Gal 3:27, Rom 13:14); Put on the new man (Eph 4:24, Col 3:10); and being conformed to His image (Rom 8:29) are all statements or concepts that reference bearing the image of Christ. An image represents two ideas; one being a 'look a like' and the other a bringing to light what was not clearly comprehended of the original. In this case, making plain the intention of the heart of God. These concepts are portrayed in Romans 13:14 when Paul said to clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. To clothe yourself with Jesus Christ is an interesting way to put it as the phrase in Greek describes an actor puts on the costume of his character. When an actor puts on the character s costume and his appearance is changed, the audience then accepts the actor as a true representative or image of the character he portrays.

Window shoppingyou go from store to store peering into a window and all you see are things you wish you could have. A mirror reveals truth of what you are and in the mirror of Christ we see a transformation occurringa change of perceptiona coming into view of who we are. Jesus is so much more than a moral example for us to followa shop window that shows us what is possible but in the mirror of Christ we see ourselves and view the Word of Truth in flesh visible.

Many phrases and quotes are from Facebook postings of the author of the Mirror Translation which is Francois Du Toit. His Mirror Translation can be found at Francois has amazing insight into the intent of God to be seen in mankind.

Scripture References:

EATON - Eaton Translation Mark Eaton. ReCovering All Ministries Dallas, TX LAMSA Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Texts. George M. Lamsa. 1933 MIRROR The Mirror Translation. Francois Du Toit. MITCHELL Johnathan Mitchell Translation. MSG The Message Bible. Eugene Peterson. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group NKJV- New King James Version. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. ROTH- Rotherham's Emphasized Bible. Joseph B. Rotherham

By Mike Clegg