The Mirror Theory
Several years ago, God gave me a Mirror Theory.
“You draw that which you reflect. You reflect that which you are.”
Trust me when I tell you that this was a hard pill to swallow. First of all, the first part.
“You draw that which you reflect.”
I immediately began to think about people who have been in my life, especially, the type of men that have run after me; that have abused me in some way, and that have been part of my life. My immediate thought was…YUCK!
The first person that popped up in my mind was my ex-husband. “Oh dear God, was I really that bad?”
I mean think about it. Think about every person that has tried – for whatever reason, to be in your energy field for more than just a fleeting moment. The Mirror Theory makes you think about how they treated you – and what you tolerated from them.
What did their behavior towards you, tell you about them as a person? Now, apply that thought to yourself. After all, you drew them. Awful isn’t it?
A Matter of Fate?
People always wonder why certain things happen to them. When you question this on that level, just remember what I’m telling you now. The Mirror Theory is not going to be a popular discussion.
I mean, who wants to see, let alone believe the worst about themselves? And more importantly, who wants to think for even one minute – that the trouble a certain individual brought into their lives was somehow related to who they are as a person; and is not totally the other person’s fault? Who wants to be told that they brought this trouble or problem upon themselves?
Ooooh! Yeah….no one likes THAT thought.
School of Life
If life is a journey of lessons to be learned….that is one tough subject.
You see, my ex-husband (may he rest in peace) was a habitual liar and very manipulative. So I had to now examine myself to see if I was exuding the same bad traits because, after all, the Mirror Theory tells me that there was something about me that drew him to me. These character traits have nothing to do with outer packaging, other than simply a framework for your presentation of yourself. Ouch.
So at the time that God gave me this…it was like a slap in the face…literally.
And then the second half…
“You reflect that which you are.”
Now mind you, I received this “Mirror Theory,” years ago. I’ve cleaned up my act somewhat since then, but that’s not to say that I’m not still under construction. I’m not perfect, but I’m in the process of being perfected in my spirit. It’s just to say that the quality of the people I draw to me now is considerably better.
Have you checked your reflection?
Beholding As In A Glass
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. KJV
This verse has always puzzled me somewhat, so I looked at several versions of this text to get a clearer meaning.
The NLT (New Living Translation) replaces “open face” with “veil removed;” and “beholding as in a glass” with “can see and reflect.”
The NASB (New American Standard Bible) replaces “open face” with “unveiled face” and “beholding as in a glass” with “beholding as in a mirror.”
The RSV (Revised Standard Version) also replaces “open face” with “unveiled face” and “beholding as in a glass” with just “beholding.”
These were the major differences I saw for this part of this verse.
It’s Not About Vanity
There is a lot of conversations online about this “veil” and references to Moses coming down the mountain, and having to cover his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing that this glory was fading because he was no longer in the continual presence of God.
I really don’t know how logical that is. It sounds rather vain if that was the case. I mean obviously, it was going to fade eventually. It might be more logical to believe that the radiance of the glory on him, was just too bright for human eyes, and that might have been the reason.
They briefly mention it in reference to representing the law as being temporal…and that temporal glory fading away as a greater glory, grace through Jesus Christ is revealed.
But then I think about this…
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.
dark’-li: The word occurs in 1Co 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror, darkly,” in the translation of the words en ainigmati, the Revised Version, margin “in a riddle.” The contrast is with the “face to face” vision of Divine things in eternity. Earth’s best knowledge is partial, obscure, enigmatic, a broken reflection of the complete truth
This is another verse that has had me puzzled for a long time. I could never comprehend what seeing in a mirror “darkly” meant. Is there insufficient light? Is the mirror covered? Why is the vision of this mirror, the mirror itself, or even the vision of oneself in the mirror dark? How does the Mirror Theory apply to this dark mirror?
Then, I think about the veil being rent when Christ was crucified. I even think about Lot, whose name means “veil,” and the problem he had with the vision – in his inability to see the better choice when the decision on which way to go came up between him and Abraham.
This seems to be the key with the veils. They represent impaired sight, or vision lacking foresight. There is a lack of discernment attached.
I believe that the law was not given by God to Moses without foresight or discernment. Quite the contrary. It fulfilled its purpose as a foreshadowing of what was coming.
However, God did not present that law with any veil to cover his glory. All he told Moses, was that He could only allow him to see Him from behind because His glory was far greater than Moses’ humanity could behold. (I’ll get back to this word in a minute)
If Moses had to view God from “behind” in order to receive the law; then obviously, something was wrong with his sight. It was as if he had cataracts on his eyes, and even then, God’s glory was too much for him. The cataracts of sin still put him in a place where he could only view that which was behind, and he was unable to experience the fullness of the vision.
But take it a step further, if all he could see what what was behind, what does that reflect? In the Mirror Theory, doesn’t that say that the law is behind as well? As if to say that the law is the reflection of being backwards?
You see, Moses was unable, even with the law in his hands, to see the fullness of God. Likewise, the law does not represent the fullness of God. Grace does.
And, when Moses presented this same law to the Israelites, he covered his face with a veil. I believe (jmo) it symbolized the fact that the law falls short of the glory of God, which was still on his face. In the Mirror Theory, the covering of the veil shows that it is not a true reflection of God.
What it shows, is that it was temporal; and it shows the lack of discernment and vision of humanity, in that it requires a set of rules to govern it, as opposed to operating with grace, which is in the spirit, and is the true humility of humanity.
In other words, the law that Moses gave with the veil covering his face represented the blindness of the people, that would require the law itself.
Seeing through a glass darkly also represents blindness or impaired vision. If our (spiritual) vision was not impaired by our blind humanity, we could see “through” the mirror to the other side, because after all…it’s supposed to be a reflection. If the mirror was clear, we could see all, and as the verse says, “but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
It’s like when Alice went through the looking glass. It was a dimensional portal, but her vision changed prior to her being able to see and move through that portal. Prior to that change, she was seeing through the mirror darkly; ie: only seeing her reflection, but not truly seeing through the mirror into the spiritual realm.
They can see us. We can’t see them. We only now “know in part,” but we don’t know the whole. This is why the world is upside down and everything that is backward is popular. Because our vision is impaired.
However, those of us that are truly in Christ; and not just claiming the name; we are “open-faced.” We are “unveiled.” Why? Because when we accepted Christ, the veil, for us, was rent. Our eyes became opened.
2Co 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. NLT
Max Lucado, in God’s Mirror, states it this way…
2Co 3:18 “And we, with our unveiled faces, reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect; This is the work of the Lord, who is Spirit.”
Reflect God’s Glory
Let’s go back to Moses for a minute.
2 Cor 3:7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. NLT
First let me say…there’s a hardness to that. The law etched in stone, denotes hardness (of heart – ie: a stone, cold heart); and is, perhaps one of the reasons that the law fails in light of eternity.
But with regards to the glory of the Lord that shone on Moses, Max Lucado says…
“The Brightness he saw was the brightness he became. Beholding led to becoming. Becoming led to reflecting.” God’s Mirror
Beholding implies contemplation and refraction; serious pondering. I always wondered what the full implications of that word behold was. I knew it meant to see, but that seems a very light-weight definition for a word just dripping with depth. So naturally, I looked it up.
Synonyms are: regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern.
Verb (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic or literary) -holds, -holding, -held
1. to look (at); observe
Verb (used with object), beheld, beholding.
1. to observe; look at; see.
1. look; see:
“under obligation, obliged, bound in gratitude,”
This indicates that to “behold” something is not just to see it, but to look at, or gaze upon it with regard. It involves an obligation to watch (which indicates ongoing observation), and to discern or contemplate what you see; to hold on to, or keep that information close.
Now, back to what originally drew me back to reflection on the Mirror Theory in the first place.
Exo 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone who takes his name in vain. NET (New English Translation)
So again, I went to Dictionary.com for meanings on the word “vain.”
- excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited: a vain dandy.
- proceeding from or showing pride in or concern about one’s appearance, qualities, etc.; resulting from or displaying vanity: He made some vain remarks about his accomplishments.
- ineffectual or unsuccessful; futile: vain hopes; a vain effort; a vain war.
- without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless: vain pageantry; vain display.
- Archaic. senseless or foolish.
The first two definitions reflect the vanity of mankind towards itself. It was the last three definitions that rang true for this verse.
“We exist to give honor to His name.” Max Lucado, God’s Mirror
The world is sending an SOS. Most people aren’t even conscious that they are sending out this message, but they are reflecting a need to be saved. They want to be saved from the culture, from their pain, from their situations, from their struggles, from…themselves.
The interesting thing is…SOS is in Morse code: 3 short, 3 long, 3 short. Its a call for rescue.
In looking at the word origin, I found out that these letters were chosen as the simplest to transmit and receive in Morse code; by folk etymology, taken to be an abbreviation for save our souls.
Isn’t it funny that the 333 that is used in Morse code for an SOS, also represents Christ. His ministry was 3 years in length, to give his message to the world, and then He died, at 33 years of age.
2Co 5:20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” NET
“The Ambassador has a singular aim – to Represent his King!” Max Lucado, God’s Mirror
And if the Ambassador properly completes this mission, he is greeted with…
Mat 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ESV
Are you positioned to receive that message? What are you reflecting?
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