We become what we look on. This is to say that if we look on Jesus as the Mirror of who we are, we will take on His characteristics. Yet Jesus is not someone to copy. He lives to be our life. This is the incarnation and the rationale of The Plan. Father’s command is to believe His Son. Jesus’ testimony is that He is our life. The primary task of Holy Spirit is to bear witness to Jesus as to who He is, what He accomplished for us and to shepherd us along the new and living way that is our new covenant fellowship with God.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. The glory of you is revealed as the Spirit of Jesus is expressed as you.
Jesus is not only outside us as a genuine entity. He is inside us as a genuine person. By looking at Jesus we see who God is. We also see who we are and by beholding we become changed. Neither the law or religion will change you – except for the worse. Both are counterfeit mirrors and ‘other gospels.’ Jesus is in you and with you for a reason. Firstly so that you can fellowship with the trinity, which is your destiny and right in Jesus. Secondly so that you can be part of God and God can be part of you. Thirdly so you can be sons in spirit and in truth and as such agents of the new creation. As Jesus said,
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Holy Spirit wants you to realise this. Miracles and gifts from the Spirit are signs that this kind of union with God is real. Signs that our real home is the trinity and that this ‘Home’ has come to us and lives in us. This is the source of our new creation agency.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15.
Pieces of you and fractions of your time are ineffectual in transformative power. The whole of you has been circumcised by the cross. All of you has been re-created by Jesus’ resurrection. His Spirit in you in the engine of your continual transformation.
The day you realize your union with God is the day that you are joined to the fullness of God and commence to grow into the fullness of you. This is our rebirth and the start of our evolution into our sonship and increasing glory. Richard Rohr writes,
“True mirroring only needs to be received and recognized once—and once is enough to change you forever. But it deepens if we “gaze steadily and make it a habit,” as James says. This is the heart of all prayer.” It is the heart of all advance into our fullness as sons and daughters of God.” (1)
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 827-829). SPCK. Kindle Edition.