Just who do you see in the mirror?

Kitty_Lion_MirrorI’ve always loved this picture. It’s usually used to convince us we need to have a better image of ourselves.

But what if we’re not to have a better image, but an altogether different image of ourselves?

If you’ve given your life to Christ, He didn’t simply fix you, make you a better “you” like giving some “Jesus make-over!” No, He seems to think that He killed the old “you” and replaced it with Himself.

You are new creation. Your old life is GONE (2 Cor.5:17).  The word, “new” is kainos, which means something unprecedented–of a new order, a different species.

This means that if you’re in Christ, you belong to an unprecedented species never before seen on the face of the earth…that is, before Jesus.

With this in mind, let’s look at a familiar verse and maybe see it in a new light (bold text added for emphasis)…

“We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord
and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory;
this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Cor.3:18)

My first question is, who are we looking at here?

And I will give a hint with my second question…

Who do you see when you look in a mirror?

The Greek word for “mirror” is κατοπτρίζω (katoptrizō) and it’s pretty straightforward…”to present a clear and correct image of a thing, to have presented in a mirror, to have a clear image presented, or, to reflect.”

So, again, what image is being presented when you look in this “Holy Spirit mirror?”

If you said, Jesus, you would be right…and if you said that you would see your own reflection, you would be right.

Beloved, do you understand what it means to be “in Christ?” That you died, and your life is now His? (Col.3:3)

When reading this passage in context, we see that Paul has been trying to convince the earth-minded Corinthians about the futility of trying to live the Christian life under an Old Covenant mindset–one of behavior modification and sin-management–this “ministry of death, written and engraved on stones.”

And when the “veil” of the Old Covenant mindset is removed from our understanding, we finally see our new life in Christ.

This is the Holy Spirit’s job…to show you more and more of Jesus in you.

To reveal the glory that you’ve been given.

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one” (John 17:22)

Jesus told us that we cannot grasp it all at once, so the Holy Spirit reveals who we are, declaring what we’ve been given in Him,  “from glory to glory.”

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them…
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
15 All things that the Father has are Mine.
Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12, 14-15)

Beloved, is this “veil” still over your face?

In other words, do you still have a “I’m just a dirty sinner, my righteousness is filthy rags” Old Covenant view of yourself?

Or have you looked to Jesus? Do you have a New Covenant “I’m  a new creation, with Christ’s very own righteousness, as Jesus is so am I in this world” view of yourself? (2 Cor.5:17, 21; 1 John 4:17)

Don’t you think it’s time we shed this veil, this religious paradigm we’ve been taught by our “earthbound” traditions? One that amounts to nothing more than some strange mixture of the Old Covenant with the New?

Wouldn’t it be better to look away from this powerless and unscriptural “I’m just a sinner saved by grace” view of ourselves and gaze fully into the “clear and correct image” of perfect love, freedom and empowering grace found in our new life in Christ?

For when we see ourselves by the Spirit, we see a “clear image presented” to us of Jesus.

“If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col.3:1-3)

Beloved, you need to make up your mind which image you’re looking at–the old sinner or the new saint in Christ.

Because you can’t be both.

That would be schizophrenia.

And you become more like that which you behold.

So, let’s stop letting the “things of earth” define us. Rather, look up–look into His face and see your own reflection.

For your life is now Christ’s life, and it’s all about upgrade–from glory to glory.

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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8 Responses to Just who do you see in the mirror?

  1. TK says:

    “…the futility of trying to live the Christian life under an Old Covenant mindset–one of behavior modification and sin-management”

    You’ve touched on this subject a few times and every time it makes me happy. I wish more people could see that a relationship with Divinity is more important than our (sometimes misguided) traditions.

    • Mel Wild says:

      I repeat this often because this religious sin-conscious mindset is so deeply imbedded into Christian teaching that we actually think it’s biblical, which it’s not. And, as you said, we become more sin-conscious than God-conscious–which, by the way, God says He’s not holding against us anymore (2 Cor.5:19). So, why are we? Not that we never sin, but that this is not who we are nor how we find freedom. We find it by grace through faith, not in our being “really sorry” and “trying harder next time.” That is a religious death trap-a treadmill of frustration and condemnation (which there is none in Christ!) No wonder so many believers live defeated lives–they’re living out their sin-consciousness by faith!

      Your comments always appreciated, TK. Blessings.

  2. When I was less mature in the faith, I used to worry about being invisible. Now, I desire to be invisible behind the light and glory of God. When others look at me or read my words, I want them not to see me, but to see the love of Jesus. It’s at those times I know I’m a disciple.

    • Mel Wild says:

      And the beauty of our union with Christ is that we’re not invisible in the negative sense. In other words, God doesn’t dissolve what He made–our personality, unique gifting, etc. We don’t disappear. He does away with the old nature that ruled us and then gave His nature to rule us. So, you will show the Father in “Susan’s” unique way, if you will. When Christ said He and the Father were one, Jesus still possessed His own human will but it was fully submitted to the Father’s will. Theologically, this is Christ being fully human, fully God. And we’re fully human, IN Christ. We’re God inhabited flesh.

      This is why it’s actually so dishonoring for Christians to call themselves “dirty sinners” and good for nothing. We WERE dirty sinners, now we’re a new creation in Christ. And even now, we still have our unique expression of the Father’s heart as His beloved sons and daughters.

      And when we walk in this union with Christ, the world will see the Father’s glory and want Him (John 17:21-23). Unfortunately, what they’ve seen so far is a bunch of divisive, doctrinally nit-picking religious orphans, in denial of who they are, judging the world instead of having the Father’s heart for the world He dearly loves.

  3. Cindy Powell says:

    I so needed to be reminded of this today -thank you. And PS – I’ve always loved that picture too 😃

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