VISIONS OF THE WORD II
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Yesterday we started off talking about the inner picture and how God’s instrument of transformation is His word, and that He uses His word to change how we see. A portion of scripture I find very interesting which best describes this is in the first chapter of Jeremiah. It’s what I call, the making of a prophet.
A young Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry kicks off from a conversation, and unlike what I would expect a call from God to look like, this conversation played out quite differently. I can imagine that Jeremiah heard the clear and audible voice of God or was caught up in a vision as was the case with many old testament prophets, hence he should have been in awe and fear but what surprised me was that this was a back and forth conversation between God and the young prophet. All through Jeremiah’s responses of self-doubt and inadequacies, God was trying to get Jeremiah to see something. Let’s take a look.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Did you notice that Jeremiah says “the word of the Lord” came to him? That’s very important to note because when God wants to “make” a man, He sends the word, hence Genesis 1 shows us that the word of God is the creative force of the universe. So, when Jeremiah could only see the limitations in himself, God saw a man ordained, sanctified and a Prophet to the nations. In the years following Jeremiah’s ministry unfolded to become the exact words “prophet to the nations”.
The word of God reveals the perspective of God and no man can ever remain the same if he would only catch a glimpse of God’s perspective. You see, many times we are so entrenched with our preconceived ideologies that receiving God’s word has become a difficulty, hence it’s easier to believe the voices of self-doubt and false humility than to receive the word of God at face value, but the word of God is an active force able to pierce through the layers of lies that clog the soul and effect change.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
One of the greatest truths I have ever come to know is that God’s word is already given. God has done all to bring His word to us in the most accessible and easiest way we can have it. This means that we then have a responsibility to take it and receive the word into our hearts. The work of receiving God’s word is an individual and intentional pursuit.
Our opening text perfectly describes how we must receive the word. Let’s take it in bits.
“With open face”, this simple phrase sets the tone and attitude by which we must receive the word. The scriptures tell us in Exodus 34:35, that Moses read the law to the children of Israel with a veil over his face, this spiritually represented that their minds blinded to the truth of the law, but In Christ that veil is lifted and now we come to the word of God with our hearts opened up to see into the glorious light of the word.
“Beholding as in glass”, the original Greek rendering means to behold one’s reflection in a mirror, that means we must come to the word with an open heart and as we look therein we must see ourselves in the word.
So,while you study the scriptures, ask yourself questions like, what does the word say about me? who does the word say I am?
“The glory of the Lord”, in other words every encounter with the word is a revelation of who we are in Christ.
Friends, as we engage the word this way, I can bet one thing for sure, our inner picture changes pixel for pixel, byte for byte, until what we see aligns with what God sees in us, and that which God sees becomes our present reality- Christ in you the hope of Glory.
Dear Father, thank you for the impact of your Word in my life. Your Word is the reflection of your immense glory deposited in my spirit. As I look into that mirror, I’m transformed into the same image that I see, from glory to glory, by your Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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