Monday, December 16, 2013

See Him, and You Melt Away

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 43: 5-6)

When we see Jesus in His fullness, we become more like Him, and we see less of ourselves.

The original Hebrew in verse six reads "I melt away", for as we see Jesus more, He is made manifest in our lives.

"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: 18)

John declares who we are in Christ:

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3: 1-3)

John further writes:

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

A better translation reads: "Herein is love perfected among us."

Our love is not perfected, but our revelation of His love for us grows as we see Him, and thus we are transformed.

Then John writes:

"18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4: 18)

As we grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord, we become more like Him in our behavior, even though we are already in Christ in our spirit man.

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