How Do You See Yourself

Looking into the Mirror of Grace

This is a huge question because it will show us what lens we are viewing our lives through.  Are we viewing it through Daddy’s or our own? Many people believe that accepting who Daddy says you are being prideful.  I use to be one of those people and it is still an area that I am growing in.

It was hard for me to view myself as seated with Jesus at Daddy’s right hand.  (Eph 2:6) To believe Daddy’s view of me as righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21-He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  Righteousness here is from the root word dikaios and means equity (of character or act); specially (Christian) justification — righteousness. As per Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

One of my favorite verses on this is 2 Cor 3:17 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.

I love the Mirror Bible translations and explanation on this beautiful verse by Francois du Toit

“The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is (1)unveiled. In (2)gazing with wonder at the (5)blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his (3)image is (2)mirrored in us! This is the most radical (4)transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led (6)from an inferior (5)mind-set to the revealed (5)endorsement of our authentic identity. You are his (5)glory!

The word, (2)katoprtrizomenoi, is the present middle participle from katoptrizomai, meaning to gaze into a reflection, to mirror oneself. The word (4)metamorphumetha is a present passive indicative from metamorpho; meta, together with, and meros, form [The word commonly translated for sin, hamartia, is the opposite of this as ha, means without and meros, form.] The word, (3)eikon, translates as exact resemblance, image and likeness; eikon always assumes a prototype, that which is not merely resembles, but from that which it is drawn; (5)doxa, glory, translates as mind-set, opinion from dokeo, authentic thought. Changed ‘from glory to glory’, apo doxes eis doxan; eis, a point reachedin conclusion; (6) apo, away from, meaning away from the glory that previously defined us, i.e. our own achievements or disappointments, to the glory of our original design that now defines us. [Paul writes in Romans 1:17 about the unveiling of God’s righteousness and then says it is from faith to faith. Here he does not use the word apo, but the preposition, ek, which always denotes source or origin.] Two glories are mentioned in this chapter; the glory of the flesh, and the unfading glory of God’s image and likeness redeemed in us. The fading glory represented in the dispensation of the law of Moses is immediately superseded by the unveiling of Christ in us? Some translations of this scripture reads, “we are being changed from glory to glory.” This would suggest that change is gradual and will more than likely take a lifetime, which was the typical thinking that trapped Israel for forty years in the wilderness of unbelief! We cannot become more than what we already are in Christ. We do not grow more complete; we simply grow in the knowledge of our completeness! [See Col 3:10] we are not changed “from one degree of glory to another,” or step by step. How long does it take the beautiful swan to awaken to the truth of its design? The ugly duckling was an illusion! Whatever it was that endorsed the ‘ugly duckling’ mindset, co-died together with Christ! In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God did not redeem a compromised replica of you, he rescued the original, blueprint you, created in his radiant mirror likeness? Any other ‘self’ you’re trying to find or esteem will disappoint? Reckon your ‘DIY-law of works self’ dead, and your redeemed self co-raised and co-seated together with Christ. This is freedom indeed? Galatians 2:19,20; Romans 6:11

Glory

Photo Credit to Idy Stemaly

How is that for some stretching good news. We gaze at our blueprint likeness of the trinity in ourselves. Every feature of Elohim (the trinity) is mirrored in us, we can see our original design.

Genesis 1:26 Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. Image means exact resemblance, image and likeness; eikon always assumes a prototype, that which is not merely resembles, but from that which it is drawn.

To many times we struggle to accept what Daddy says about us under the false perception of pride when in fact pride is us saying I know me better than you.  My view of myself is correct and yours is not. When we can not accept the truth of who he says we are that is pride. The good news is he continual persuades us step by step to lead us into the freedom of believing and seeing our true identities.

Galatians 3:27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Put on is like putting on a garment to totally engulf yourself in the newness of your identity in him)

John 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:20)

If Jesus is in the father and we are in him and he is in us then where does that leave the father? Just a thought to get you thinking how awesome it is to be God’s dwelling place, the temple of God.

John 14:23 My Father and I will come and make our home in you.

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

“There is a word in this verse that appears nowhere else in the Bible. It is the word sumphutos which is here translated as “planted together.” This is just about the strongest word for union you could possibly think of. It means being “born together with” or “of joint origin.” The closest English word is connate which means individual parts that are united to form a single whole.  The best illustration of connate union is the one Jesus gave us-a vine and a branch, two parts that combine to make an indivisible whole. (Paul Ellis, The Gospel in Ten Words.)

We are one with Christ and because we are one with him, who is in God, we are one with God. We are God’s dwelling place.  We are two parts that are so intimately combined that we make and indivisible whole.

Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Colossians 2:6

Brothers and Sisters don’t allow the enemy to steal away your identity any longer, we have accepted Christ and it’s time that we become aware and begin living in the union with him that we are already in.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20a

You can’t get more dead than dead, our old self died with Christ we were raised with him a new creation.  Stop trying to beat the dead you, stop trying to resurrect it by focusing on who you use to be, focus instead on who God says you are and be free to enjoy your life as he intended, in complete union with Him alone. We are the Glory of God revealed to mankind.

Daddy I just pray today that you would bring fresh revelation to each of us about how you see us.  I pray that eyes would be unveiled to the truth of who you created us to be.  I pray that we would feel the union that we live in with you and the trinity.  I thank you for making me your dwelling place, I thank you for sending Jesus so that I could know the truth about you. Daddy I pray for those who struggle with seeing themselves as you do, help us to be open to the possibility that we are as awesome as you say we are. Further Daddy get us to that place of believing it and help us to see others in the same light of your mercy and grace. Amen.

 

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