in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
2Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all
reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His
likeness with everlasting glory, which comes from the Lord,
Who is the Spirit.
James 1:22-23 Do not merely listen to the word,
and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who
listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a
man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at
himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks
like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law
that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting
what he has heard, but doing it---he will be blessed in what
James reminds us that God's word is like a mirror placed in front of us. He tells us that if we study and listen to the word and meditate on it, we will begin to see ourselves as we are. We will also begin to see ourselves as God sees us. Not just as we are, but what, with His help, we can be. We must do the things the word tells us to do. We can become strong and secure in the word and confident that what He has begun in us, He will complete. We are assured that God doesn't lie. He will guide our lives into a better way. He will lead us in the paths of righteousness. He will help us to soar when we allow Him to be the wind beneath our wings.
Our part of the plan is to be obedient, to study to show ourselves approved. We can begin to reflect His grace and beauty when we look into the mirror of God's word. The day will come when we will no longer see through a glass darkly but will see clearly what the Lord is like and what He
wants us to be like.
Moses, after seeing God, had to wear a veil over his face for he reflected God's glory and frightened the people. We, as children of God, have our eyes veiled by our preconceptions and lifestyles. That veil can be removed if we commit ourselves to Jesus and His word.
When Jesus was crucified, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom so that we have free access to the Holy of Holies. The veil was removed as a barrier to the access of God. So, too, is the veil removed that prevents us from a better understanding of God and His word. The veil of unbelief and disinterest causes us to hear but not do. The veil that hides understanding of His word can be removed with prayer and a deep desire to do and be what He wills us to do and be.
When we look deeply into the mirror of God's word, and desire above all else to reflect the Lord, we will begin to see more clearly. We will look beyond the physical to the eternal. We will no longer see the temporal things, but will see God's reflection in our lives. We will begin to reflect the glory of the Lord.
What a beautiful promise He has given us. We will stand in the glory and majesty of the Lord, clothed in grace and mercy. We will be the beautiful bride, spending eternity with Christ.