In the popular fairy tale, Snow White, a wicked witch has a magical mirror that she looks into and asks this question, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
Many of us have read or had this story read to us when we were children, but it just occured to me that there are parallels between it and the reality of our lives. Most of us spend a fair amount of time looking at ourselves in the mirrors hanging on our walls, yet we never stop to think about the fact that we’re only seeing the outside of ourselves. Such mirrors only reflect one’s outer appearance while the inside remains hidden.
How then can we see what’s on the inside (if we wished to)? Does a mirror exist which enables us to do that? I’m happy to say that there is, and it’s the Bible which was penned by holy men called of God to write down whatever He spoke to them.
Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jas 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
continueth therein — contrasted with “goeth his way,” Jas_1:24, continues both looking into the mirror of God’s word, and doing its precepts. [Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary]
2Co 3:18 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.
1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
“glass” 1) a mirror; 1a) the mirrors of the ancients were made, not of glass, but steel
“perfect law of liberty” Thayer Definition: 1) liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation, 2) fancied liberty, 2a) licence, the liberty to do as one pleases, 3) true liberty is living as we should not as we please
As Christians we should know that our liberty in Christ doesn’t mean we can do as we please but rather, we live to please another who is Christ our Savior because He bled and died for us, and not only for us, but for the whole world.
I wonder how many know that our liberty in Christ means that we can “do” or “omit” things which have no impact upon our salvation? By the Holy Spirit living in me I knew that to be true even while various sorts of legalists were trying to convince me that in order to be saved I had to keep the entire old covenant law which New Covenant believers are no longer obligated to keep – Hebs 8:13, Hebs 7:11 &12, Heb 7:18&19, Hebs 9:9&10.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. “decayeth” – become worn out, obsolete.
Christians are to aim at a higher standard of holiness than was generally understood under the law. The principle of love takes the place of the letter of the law, so that by the Spirit they are free from the yoke of sin, and free to obey by spontaneous instinct (Jas_2:8, Jas_2:10, Jas_2:12; Joh_8:31-36; Joh_15:14, Joh_15:15; compare 1Co_7:22; Gal_5:1, Gal_5:13; 1Pe_2:16). The law is thus not made void, but fulfilled. [Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary]
God’s Word, the Bible, is called the “law of liberty,” or freedom because it is a law producing freedom from the servitude of sinful passions and lusts [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible].
I love the last definition of liberty as being, the freedom to live like we should, not as we please. So many believe the opposite, doing whatever they please with never a thought for God or anyone else!
Beloved and those who aren’t (yet) saved, every one of us is unclean on the inside before we get cleansed of our sin by the spotless Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. We can’t see our sin nature by looking into a physical mirror, we can only see it by (steadily, continually) looking into the “perfect law of liberty,” God’s holy Word, the bible. The purpose of doing so is not to keep us focused on sin, but after seeing our sin to forsake it so that we can be cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! Staying in the Word of God keeps us focused on the truth of who God is and what He has done for us! The Blood of Jesus is still available to cleanse those who come to Him in humble admission of guilt with the sincere intent of turning away from sin.
Might you be such a one dear reader? If so, all you need do to get cleansed of your sin is to turn to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness with the caveat that you sincerely intend to keep His commands thereafter. God is no fool and He knows who’s sincere and who’s playing games. Word to the wise, don’t try to play games with God for you will lose every time, but if you are sincere, He will welcome you with open arms and shower you with wonderful, unimaginable gifts! ~ 1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Free In Christ
Happy Hanukkah! (to those who observe it)
Our freedom or liberty in Christ/Yeshua allows us to observe or not to observe when it doesn’t affect our salvation, while not condemning others who do things differently from us.