Wednesday, September 27, 2006
As in a mirror
By Ramone - September 27, 2006
I was reading the book "Passion for Jesus" (by Mike Bickle) and found this section:
As in a MirrorSometime earlier this summer I was wondering about that "mirror" ... the NIV translation I usually use (and like) substitutes the part "as in a mirror" with "reflecting"... but now I get the meaning!! Woohoo, Lord! Thank You! It's such a comfort to know that even "dim" beholdings of Him are sufficient to transform us "from glory to glory", and that we don't need to perfectly reflect His glory, as the verse seemed to say before (and of course as so many people have taught throughout the years!). God is awsome, so much more awesome than we can see! Now we know in part, and even that "part" is enough to transform us! One day we will know in whole---just as we are known. (^_^)
One evening I was in the prayer room and, as usual, I'd completely run out of things to say. I opened up my Bible, searching for inspiration. As I read, it was as if a light came on inside of me.But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:18 (Italics added)My mind suddenly took off. Hmmm... as in a mirror... I am beholding the glory of God as in a mirror. What's a mirror? Well, a mirror gives a perfect reflection. Wait a minute. A mirror much as we have today gives a perfect reflection. But two thousand years ago when Paul was writing, the mirrors of that day didn't even come close to giving a perfect reflection: "For now we see in a mirror dimly..." (1 Cor.13:12).
Dimly! An ancient mirror made of polished metal would give a faint, inadequate, very dim reflection. It was as if the Lord said, "Beholding Me dimly is all I ever asked of you." The idea that even dim beholdings are sufficient to transform a believer's life was totally new to me...