THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPEL IS FOR MAN TO
REDISCOVER HIMSELF INCLUDED IN THE CHRIST.
HOW? LOOK IN THE MIRROR
II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror (ROTH
receiving & reflecting) the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
from glory to glory, (CONEYBEARE – all the glory which shines upon us is reflected by us. “From
glory” indicates the cause or origin of glory while “to glory” indicates the effect of the reflection of
that same glory from us) just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Eaton Translation says: “Everyone is invited with an unveiled, untwisted, and unconfused face to
boldly peer into the Gravity of God, being transformed by the understanding that is leaving an
imprint of the focused radiance of God seen and confronted by others seeing the same radiance by
the leadership of the Spirit.”
In our English grammar classes we were taught to diagram a sentence or break it down into its
simplest parts and in doing this the seemingly difficult phrase was more clearly seen and
understood. If we do this with II Corinthians 3:18 we simply get “we are being transformed.” This
transformation is nothing we are doing to or for ourselves but is being done to us and for us by
another and we are allowed a glimpse of the transformation taking place by looking into the mirror
of the glory or opinion of God about us.
Anytime one peers into a mirror it is always with a purpose either to
make an adjustment in appearance or to confirm one's appearance.
Historically, mirrors were polished discs of plain metal that cost more
than most people could afford. A citizen of less than a thousand years
ago who wanted to see their reflection had to look in a pond of still
water—and had to stand in line to do it. Full-length mirrors are an even
more recent invention being only about 400 years old. Mirrors were and
still are an enigma to humans demonstrated by superstition and their
place in science. They can represent truth and illusion often at the same time in that they show us as
we are in time and can alter our image similar to the circus mirrors that do not reflect truth at all.
The verse above tells us we all are looking into a mirror and are witnessing a change that is
occurring, all without operation and effort of the person looking into the mirror. The Eaton
Translation likens the mirror to the Gravity of God. The Gravity of God is the full force of God's
reality—to see Him as He is and at the same time to see Him in us performing the transformation.
He allows us a view in the mirror at the operation and plan of the God of Heaven and Earth—the
one we get to call Father and its effects on us even while religion tells us we are just sinners saved by
Mirrors not only reflect but amplify light reflecting only what is placed in front of it. They are
instruments that return light in such a way that the image is a replication of the original. Similarly, a
mirror website is an exact duplicate or an image of the original website—although not the original it
is an exact representation of the original. In reality, a mirror does not produce or duplicate the
image in the sense when you move away from the mirror the image is no longer generated in that a
basic mirror does not produce a permanent image such as with a photograph or with a copier.
Psalms 39:5-6 uses the word 'shadow' and Rotherham says our life is as an image in a mirror
implying the image is temporary and is non-existent when you step away from it.
Mechanically, light itself is invisible until it bounces off something and hits our eyes. For instance, a
beam of light traveling through space can't be seen from the side until it runs into something that
scatters it. This scattering is known as diffuse reflection and this is how our eyes interpret a reflection
that the light returning from the object defines and illuminates the object.
As in Adam So In Christ – The Image
An image is a reflection – a light print – of the original. It is not
the original but points to or mimics the original. The Greek word is
'eikon'. An other trait of an image is that its dependence remains to
the original in that a mirror image is not visible when one steps away
from the mirror. It is used in the historical Jewish relationship of the
Logos (Reason of God) which is said to be the image of God
meaning the Logos is identical and derived from God being a
reflection of God's intent.
An image also supplies proof of identity and kinship. How many times have we looked at family
pictures and stated they look like their daddy or some other family member. It is a means of
identification and not solely duplication. In our identification or in our being imaged / named /
identified in Christ, there are many representations in scripture that detail our being with and in
Christ as He fulfills the plan of God. Ephesians 2:10 says we are His workmanship, His creation, but
implies masterpiece which is something that was fashioned with skill, thought, intent, patience, and
with great love. The verses that indicate our relationship of being in Him imply it is an accomplished
fact and not something to occur in the future. (Gal 2:20; Rom 6:4,6,8; Col 2:13; Eph 1:10 & 2:5-6)
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22 NKJV
This verse is a portrayal of how we were imaged in Adam and then imaged in Christ. An Old
Testament example is Abraham paying tithes to the King of Salem and it was attributed to his
children yet unborn namely Levi according to Hebrews 7:9-10 which also pictures the ancient
understanding that the male contributed the genetic material for a child. This dying is not a simple
contrast of the ceasing of the heartbeat but clearly demonstrates a process or conversion of death to
life. The original Greek reads "As in Adam all are dying, so in the Christ shall all be made alive"
indicating this is an action in progress. Because all men were in the loins of Adam resulted in the
death of mankind then in the same way all men were placed in the Christ resulting in His life being
given to all men. The process and promise of the resurrection is secure because we have been
imaged or imagined in the Christ by God.
J Preston Eby says “to be made alive is more than some instantaneous event to take place some
time in the distant future. Made alive is not a blasting open of graves and the coming forth of the
bodies that have been buried in them. Made alive does not point to some event when people will go
soaring off into the heavens.” He goes on to say the Resurrection was not simply an event but as
Jesus told Martha at the tomb that the Resurrection was standing there before them as He
proclaimed He is the Resurrection and the life.
The Father who was reconciling the world while He was in the Christ was, is, and ever shall be the
Resurrection as stated in II Corinthians 5:19 demonstrating that God was not an observer but an
active participant. One of our problems is looking at Jesus as our Savior from God and this is a total
misrepresentation of God.
Eby then declares the resurrection was not something that happened to Jesus, not some event of
which He was a partaker, and not some day marked by the calendar. The resurrection was and is a
Man. Eby states that “to possess the Man, to put on the Man, to come into union with the Man is to
have resurrection, for the Man is the resurrection. In Christ shall all be made alive."
The Greek word 'anastasis' translated as the English word resurrection means a standing up again
and our English does not carry the full meaning in that the standing up again is for the purpose of
attaining the full stature or purpose of what you were resurrected for. It is the fullest confirmation of
our being imaged in the Christ in that when He appears we shall be like Him.
The Re-Discovery of our Inclusion
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know
in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV
Before the perfection of the Christ, peering into the law produced a blurred dim reflection of the
reality like a riddle or enigma – something that is hard to distinguish or to be clearly determined.
The verse also indicates that when perfection arrives we shall know and understand fully and clearly
– the image is made clear. But this verse references the intensity by adding as fully and clearly as we
have been known and understood by God. This verse also makes it apparent that this is not an
action in response to some event but a purposed intent of the heart of God. Look at these other
I Cor 13:12 ROTH For we see, as yet, through a dim window, obscurely, but, then,
face to face: as yet, I gain knowledge, in part, but, then, shall I fully know, even as I
was also fully known.
I Cor 13:12 BBE For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me.
I Cor 13:12 MITCHELL For, you see, at the present moment we continue seeing and
observing through means of a metal mirror, within the midst of an enigma (the result
of something obscurely expressed and intimated, giving an indistinct image), but then
[it will be] face to face. Right now I am progressively coming to intimately and
experientially know from out of a part (a piece; a portion of the whole), but then I shall
fully and accurately know and recognize, from intimate experience, correspondingly as
I am also fully and accurately known, by intimate experience.
Our being known was a past knowledge or a knowledge that has always been but has come to light
out of intimacy. This perspective demonstrates the idea of rediscovery—as having been there but
unknown or more precisely not known fully at this particular time as this verse indicates. Intimacy
yields a full disclosure of the true image of who we really are and we can know God and He knows
us—Father and son.
James chapter one indicates the Word of Truth reflects the beginning of man as in a mirror referring
the “Perfect Law of Liberty”. The theme of the Gospel is revealing the redeemed treasure—Christ in
us the hope of glory. The one who peers into the Perfect Law of Liberty looking for who they really
are reflects back the image that God sees of themselves. The Greek phrase for the 'perfect law of
liberty' is 'nomon teleion elutherias' which indicates a perfect order or plan that is unrestrained in
liability. The Greek thought is not necessarily a law or rules but a purpose that demonstrates the
freedom and when peered into like looking into a mirror the image returned is one of no liability, no
law, and no restraints. It returns the image as completely redeemed in full freedom. Andre Rabe
translates James 1:25 as “Look and continue to look, (into) the perfect, complete, and eternal
freedom. Listen; listen intensely; listen in such a way that it bursts forth in inspired expression – be
the poet of what you see. Then act; act in the full conviction of what you have seen and heard, and
you will find delight and affirmation in your action”.
The ultimate attainment for man is to appear fully in the stature of the Christ and realize it
demonstrating God's divine order – in becoming a son of God who knows he is a son and walks in
that freedom as Jesus did. It is the Gospel that reflects us in Christ and in that reflection we see who
we really are—identified in Christ. The Perfect Law of Liberty reveals our true identity reflecting a son
Jesus Christ is the context and meaning of scripture and his work of redeeming the image and
likeness of God in man is what the Bible is all about (Col.1:13-15). The Bible is about Jesus and Jesus
is all about you—a reflection of you in Christ. Jesus is God’s mind made up about man. The
meaning of his name declares our salvation.
The Old Testament introduces us to the promise bound up or “imaged” in the patriarchs and that
promise is the Messiah-Christ, the Anointed One who personifies the thought of God. In that
thought He represents the entire human race or more precisely Jesus mirrors humanity. The heart
dream of God realized in the redemption of man—and seen in the man's one act of righteousness
(Rom 5:18) produces one inclusive outcome being it took just one offense to condemn mankind and
one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. “The disobedience of the one man
exhibits humanity as sinners, the obedience of another man exhibits humanity as righteous. (Greek,
kathistemi, to cause to be, to set up, to exhibit) Mirror Bible
Isaiah chapter 51 tells those who pursue righteousness to remember their lineage. He tells the
Israelites to “look to the Rock from which you were hewn and the quarry from which you were dug.”
He reminds them of their heritage—from where they came from. Man, not able to see God in
himself, looks for Him in the sky as in a distanced relationship. The Gospels and Pauline writings
instill in us that God is in us, and the kingdom of God is within but we seek heaven not realizing that
the image and likeness of God is preserved in His workmanship. Moses in Deuteronomy 32 reminds
them not to forget the Rock who begot them and the God who gave them birth. James 1:17-18
declares “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights, with whom there
is no shadow of variableness or change. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures”. The “Word of Truth” includes the declaration
of the origin of mankind and in realizing their true origin, man exemplifies the offspring of God—
The Mirror Translation clarifies the word of truth to be seen as the deliberate plan of God put into
action irregardless of obstacles inherent to stop it. His unhidden plan revealed in the Word—the
Logos—the logic and reason of God put into action and made visible in a man—Jesus.
James 1:17 MIRROR Without exception God’s gifts are only good, its perfection cannot
be improved upon, they come from above, (where we originate from, Jn.3:13) proceeding
like light rays from its source, the Father of lights. With whom there is no distortion, or
even a shadow of shifting to obstruct or intercept the light; no hint of a hidden agenda.
James 1:18 MIRROR It was His delightful resolve to give birth to us; we were conceived
by the unveiled logic of God. (The Word of truth. Boulomai, the affectionate desire
and deliberate resolve of God. Truth, alethea, from a, negative + lanthano, not hidden).
We lead the exhibition of His handiwork, like first fruits introducing the rest of the harvest
I believe these verses refer to the whole of mankind in that all men were in the heart of God from
the beginning. This Word of Truth is the affectionate desire of God's heart – the dream or ultimate
desire of God so anyone who hears who they are in the Word of Truth they realize they are viewing
themselves in the thought of God—they are seeing God's desire for them. Looking into the heart of
God we can see His face and looking into His eyes we see us—reflected in His being then we can
know we have experienced a glint—a momentary flash of the extent and depth of God's love.
How are we to reflect someone we can’t see? A mirror “images” things by reflecting a likeness of
what is in its field of view; in other words a mirror can’t reflect or image what it can’t ‘see’. The object
of reflection must be positioned correctly for the mirror to reflect its image. The same is true of us. If
we are to reflect the image of God we must position ourselves to peer into the mirror—and in our
desire to see Him we image the Christ who images the invisible God (Col 1:15). This concept does
not mean that Jesus literally looked like God the Father, who is invisible – but by the way Jesus lived
he imitates the actions of God, providing reflective/visible evidence of God by acting in God's behalf.
In other words Jesus “mirrored,” in the flesh, the expressed purpose of God.
God has no problem translating His intent into any language and even able to translate it into flesh.
To translate means to make simpler to aid in understanding and comprehension. It was as if God
knew we would have discrepancies and misunderstandings in various language formats so He
placed His intent before our eyes. Then He holds us up to the mirror Christ and says see, this is
you—you are my intent.
Looking like a Son
Put on Christ (Gal 3:27, Rom 13:14); Put on the new man (Eph 4:24, Col 3:10); and being conformed
to His image (Rom 8:29) are all statements or concepts that reference bearing the image of Christ.
An image represents two ideas; one being a 'look a like' and the other a bringing to light what was
not clearly comprehended of the original. In this case, making plain the intention of the heart of
God. These concepts are portrayed in Romans 13:14 when Paul said to “clothe yourselves with the
Lord Jesus Christ.” To clothe yourself with Jesus Christ is an interesting way to put it as the phrase in
Greek describes an actor puts on the costume of his character. When an actor puts on the character’
s costume and his appearance is changed, the audience then accepts the actor as a true
representative or image of the character he portrays.
Window shopping—you go from store to store peering into a window and all you see are things you
wish you could have. A mirror reveals truth of what you are and in the mirror of Christ we see a
transformation occurring—a change of perception—a coming into view of who we are. Jesus is so
much more than a moral example for us to follow—a shop window that shows us what is possible
but in the mirror of Christ we see ourselves and view the Word of Truth in flesh visible.
Many phrases and quotes are from Facebook postings of the author of the Mirror Translation which is Francois Du Toit. His
Mirror Translation can be found at www.mirrorword.net. Francois has amazing insight into the intent of God to be seen in
EATON - Eaton Translation – Mark Eaton. ReCovering All Ministries Dallas, TX
LAMSA – Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Texts. George M. Lamsa. 1933
MIRROR – The Mirror Translation. Francois Du Toit. www.mirrorword.net
MITCHELL – Johnathan Mitchell Translation. www.greater-emmanuel.org/jmt
MSG – The Message Bible. Eugene Peterson. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993,
1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group
NKJV- New King James Version. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982
by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
ROTH- Rotherham's Emphasized Bible. Joseph B. Rotherham
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