“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” [1 Corinthians 13:12]
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” [2 Corinthians 3:18]
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In our opening verse Paul says [and this is true of all Christians]: ‘…now we see through a glass…’ The King James Version used the word glass, meaning mirror. The Bible is akin to a mirror; and just like a mirror reflects the image before it, so the Bible is a reflection of us who’s before it. In our second verse, the same word ‘glass’ [mirror] is used in another illustration – meaning that the more we look into God’s Word and it reflects us as God has made us to be; reflecting the image of God in us [Genesis 1:26]; so that we are changed into that same image from glory to glory. Simply put; what Paul was telling us in these 2 verses is: ‘For now we see through the Word of God [not clearly yet, because of the weakness of our flesh], but when we pass on to be with the Lord, we will see the Word of God [the Lord] face to face. Now we know some things, but when we pass to be with the Lord, we will know as the Lord knows us.’ 2nd verse: ‘As we look into the Word of God [as we study the Bible], the Lord’s glory is revealed to us; and the more we study the Word of God, the more His glory is revealed and we are changed into that what we see.’ The word ‘changed’ here is also seen in Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [most versions use the word changed] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” To be tranformed is more accuratetly expressed in the original Greek text which use the word: ‘Transfigured’. When we study and meditate on the Word of God, it releases the ability for us to be changed / transformed / transfigured into a new image [or the original image God created the first man in – Gen.1:26].
Your life today is a product –or- sum of all your yesterdays. Everything you have done in pass times, up to this point, is a reflection on how you lived your life; and everything you do from this point forward will become the product of all your tomorrows. This is the very reason why the Lord urge us so strongly to be of good courage and for us to diligently ‘…seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto us’ [Matthew 6:33].
The God we serve is a gracious God; and all that He offers us and has already given us, He done first by grace. Our very salvation was and always will be first by the grace of God, received by faith, and lived out in obedience. There is nothing you can do to obtain salvation: It was given before you even knew about it; and when you came to the knowledge of salvation, by faith you believed and made confession [Romans 10:9], and now we are to live it out in obedience to God’s Word. No wonder it is written: ‘…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ [Philippians 2:12]. We are to constantly reflect on the Word of God and check our lives – this is how we work out our own salvation; but it is sad that very few Christians truly do so.
Salvation is a free gift from God to mankind; but we must understand that we have salvation by God’s grace first; and now that we have it, what are we going to do with it…
Jesus shared a parrable about three servants – their master was going on a trip and he entrusted to each one of his servants a portion of talents; he divided it as follow: to one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and to the last 1 talent. The one with 5 talents decided to trade his and made double; and the one with 2 talents done the same and doubled his portion; but the one with 1 talent dug a hold and burried it. When the master returned, he was glad to hear the servants with 5 and 2 talents traded theirs and made double, but he was disapointed in the one who he gave 1 talent, for he gained nothing. His master reponded and said: ‘Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents’ [Matthew 25:14–30]. This parrable is likened to our salvation; and in like manner, we are responsible for what we going to do with it – that will determine our works that will be tested by fire one day – ‘…every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall test every man’s work of what sort it is’ [1Cort.3:13].
There’s also a remarkable story in the Old Testament that reflects –or- points forward to salvation as we have it today; when God called Abram [Gen.12]. Abram was born into a family who worshipped idols in the land of Ur [today called Iraq]; and growing up under pagan practices [Gen.38], he didn’t know God, but God choose Abram to be the father of many nations [Gen.17:4-5]; and said that all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. And that’s not all; God promised him that whosoever blesses him, God shall bless; and whosoever curse him, God shall curse [Gen12:3]. Abram had his flaws, but the Bible tells us that because of his faith, God counted him righteous [Gen.15:6]. Notice that God’s grace came first, then Abram responded by faith, and lastly he lived in obedience to the voice and instructions of God.
We ought to reflect our lives on this principle; that God called us by grace while we were still sinners [Rom.5:8], and has given us salvation by grace before we even responded to God’s Word. This revelation helps me understand the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when he wrote: ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ God looked ahead of us and time; and wiped our sins completely off record. He gave Jesus as a perfect and final sacrifice for all people’s sin [you and me included] while the whole world is still riddled with sin and wickedness. There’s nothing we can do to be cleansed from sin, for God has already dealt with the issue of sin through the death, burial, and ressurection of Jesus Christ – by grace, God acted in faith and cleanest us! All God is asking of us now is that we also act by faith and receive this salvation; and then in obedience work out our own salvation by being obedient to His Word given to us.
This month of July 2019 is our month of REFLECTION
…and as we will reflect on the things God has freely, by grace, given us; we will more importantly reflect on where we are at in God’s plan for our life and ministry:
- Reflect on past prophecies given to you
- Reflect on your progress
- Reflect on your relationships and how you treat people
- Reflect on your relationship with the Lord and His Word
Reflect on Past Prophecies Given to You
I mentioned during last month’s communion how many people are running behind prophets looking for a word, while they have done little with prophecies that was given to them in the past. Revisit past prophecies and start working your faith on those prophecies to come to pass. Also revisit our ministry / corporate prophecies [see our Prophetic News Page –or- the links at the bottom of the last page of this document]; God is divinely guiding us unto a greater future, but we must do our part in it by working alongside the Word to be fulfilled in our lives.
Reflect on Your Progress
In our series, ‘Entering the Presence of the Lord’, we have a teaching titled: ‘The Gates of the Kingdom’ – we share the cycle of a Christian’s life and how this is applicable in measuring our progress as Christians, by looking at the book of Nehemiah where he was rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem – I believe this will help you a great deal on this topic of ‘reflecting on your progress’ Click Here
It is necessary for us to frequently reflect on our progress and not just live life as it comes. By reflecting on our progress, we gain authority over our life against the plots of the devil. We also allow God to reveal to us the areas of our lives we need to work on; and so we line ourselves up to live the higher life which the Lord has called us unto [1 Pet.2:9].
Reflect on Your Relationships and How You Treat People
Jesus gave us a commandment in John chapter 14 and verse 15, that tells us: ‘If we love Him, we must do His commandments.’ Part of that commandment is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves [Matt.12:30-31]
Let’s hear what Jesus said about this in Matthew chapter 25: ‘For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’ [verses 35-40].
Lastly; Jesus said: ‘Treat others the way you want them to treat you’ [Luke 6:31].
Reflect on Your Relationship with the Lord and His Word
How many times a day do you speak to the Lord?
How often do you truly sit down and study the Word of God?
You don’t need to be behind a close door to pray and have communication with God. Yes, it is good to pray in private, but you can and should be in constant communication with the Lord; especially knowing that He is with you always [by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit]. Most Christians ignore the Holy Spirit for most of the day. Think of it like this: If your mom, dad, brother, sister, or spouse is with you every second of the day, how often will you speak to them, or will you ignore them for most of the day?
The Lord wants to have a relationship with us. Most of your day-to-day struggles come from a lack of communication with the Holy Spirit. Learn to speak to the One Who is one with you, He is closer than anyone else in your life; and He is there to help you, to guide you, to counsel you, to pray with and through you… He is as close as you are to yourself, don’t ignore Him. Many people feel uncomfortable with this idea, but that’s mainly because we lack in taking the time out to study and meditate on the Word of God. As you study the Word daily and meditate on the Word you have study [by remembering / reflecting on it during the course of the day], you will get to know the Word of God; but more importantly, you will get to know the voice behind the Word, Who is the Holy Spirit; and ultimately He is the fullness of God [Col.2:9]. It is by studying and meditating on the Word of God that we are transfigured into the same image from glory to glory [2Cort.3:18], and we become natural doers of the Word [Jams.1:22] as faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God [Rom.10:17], for faith without works are dead [James 2:14-26], which in hand causes us to prosper and have good success in life [Josh.1:8].
Go ahead; reflect this month and be blessed in Jesus Name!