I wonder how many times a day we look in a mirror? My not-long-out-of-bed first glimpse usually makes me wince, but I continue to check my image as I wash, dress, and generally prepare, until, after a final touch to my hair, I murmur, “There you are!” I have ‘emerged’ and am ready to face the day!
I thought about this as I read Paul’s second letter to Corinth, he writes, “And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of [Yahshua], are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory…” [3:18, Amplified Bible]. What a stunning concept this is. ‘Unveiled face’ is a reference to the time when Moses had to cover his face because it shone after his time in Yahweh’s presence [Exodus 34: 29-35]. The phrase became synonymous with Paul’s thought in Romans, “that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” [11:25]. The removal of the veil speaks of recognition of Messiah Yahshua. Those of us who know Him have had that veil removed and are enabled to see and reflect His glory.
How, in fact, do we see [behold] the glory of Yahshua? It’s an experience which shows on the face, and I have been in many a service where, afterwards, you can see in the shining face, the glowing eyes, those who have been touched by Him. These are life-changing moments, and reflect an inner ‘beholding’.
It is both possible and important that we maintain spiritual contact with Yahshua [which happens through the in-dwelling work of the Holy Spirit] as we go about the daily ‘common-place’. Spend time in His Presence ‘beholding’ Him, reading His Word, considering Him, drawing upon [and into yourself] His precious attributes; then keep yourself always open towards Him, maintaining the position of beholding.
Such times will reflect out from us, becoming a mirror image of Yahshua that others can see or sense. The more we see and reflect His glory, the more we will be changed into His image, and there is nothing more important to my spiritual life than my progressive transformation into Yahshua’s likeness.
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