Tuesday August 27, 2013

In the 1858 Great Controversy, on page 142, there are unique things said about God’s people.

God’s people were then accepted with him.
Jesus looked upon them with pleasure.
His image was reflected in them. p. 141, Para. 2, [1SG ].

Of these three things said about God’s people, we want to focus on the last item. “His image was reflected in them.” Meaning Christ’s image. We need to understand exactly what is Christ’s image.

For you or I, we might take a picture and show it to someone and say, “Here’s my latest image.” But what would it look like, spiritually? Good question. Let’s go to John 1.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

We understand the Word to be Christ. Routinely we use this term to define the Bible, God’s word. This is true. We could also say, “Christ is God’s son.” This is true also. Both terms are correct and interchangeable. But what if I say of my Bible, “Here is Christ.” This does not work, neither would it be true that the Bible is a reflection of Christ; I think it’s probably because the Bible is only paper and ink, it is not alive.

To my current understanding, in order for a person to properly reflect Christ’s image, that person must have the Word of God within them; not just the surface understanding, but “another tongue,” Isaiah 28:11, must be in them. This is a part of “the mystery of the kingdom of God,” Mark 4:11. This becomes “Christ in you,” Colossians 1:27.

Now you reflect Christ’s image. Now you have entered that special Sabbath rest; “this is the rest,” Isaiah 28:12. “For we which have believed do enter into rest,” and a part of that rest is entering into that “other tongue,” Isaiah 28:11, which is none other than, spiritual words, spiritually understood. 1 Corinthians 2:13.

This is our great necessity, an infilling of God’s words spiritually understood; which words, living in us, through our obedience to God’s word, is Christ’s image reflected in us. Then when we say that we are being perfected by God’s word,(s) within our minds, really, it is Christ within, “the hope of glory.”

Ponder these things, for these words have power and sweet love, joy and peace.

God Bless your Study

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