Wednesday, January 7, 2015

trusting by reflecting...

I was encouraged this week by a Biblical word study from 2 Corinthians 3:18 indicating that we are God’s mirrors…
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. (2 Corinthians 3:18 JB)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB)

One translation says
beholding as in a mirror another says, reflecting like mirrors. The verb katoptrizo can be translated either reflecting or beholding...
“with unveiled face, beholding” (RSV)
“beholding as in a glass” (KJV)
“reflecting like mirrors” (JB)
“be mirrors that brightly reflect” (TLB)
“we . . all reflect the Lord’s glory” (NIV)
It seems the Holy Spirit intentionally selected a verb that would remind us to do both—beholding our Lord Jesus Christ so intently that we can’t help but reflect Him.

To behold
 a face in a mirror is to study, to stare, to contemplate. Jesus is the source; we are the glass. Jesus is the light; we are the mirrors. Jesus sends the message; we mirror it…reflecting Who we are beholding

“As He is,
 so are we in this world” we behold Jesus, we are unconscious of the change in us, we are reflecting His beauty, His love for us.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.—1 John 4:16-18 
Take a few minutes to behold Him, He’s altogether lovely, as Chris Tomlin sings in this rendition of Here I Am To Worship
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me
Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart as an encourager.


  1. Beautiful imagery! May we be faithful to the beholding - not just to bask in the beauty and glory of God, but to then faithfully reflect Him into the world.

    1. Amen, Kathryn, I so agree. Thank you for taking time to stop by and leave such an encouraging comment!

  2. mmm ... 'Here I am to worship ...'

    love this song, this reality, our Savior. thanks, Beth ...

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, Linda, you truly do brighten the world around you <3

  3. Beth.....isn't is amazing and a bit too much to take in that we reflect the glory of the Lord ? Loved your post I was studying what His glory looks like for a lot of last year and am still just scratching the surface.
    Love the teacher in you and appreciate you and your writing deeply

    1. Thank you, Mary...your encouraging comments throughout the last year have been more energizing and inspiring to me than you will ever know... I truly believe the Spirit of Christ Who dwells in the innermost part of you bears witness to the Spirit of Christ in me through your encouragement... You are truly a blessing from the Lord to me and so many others ❤️

  4. "beholding our Lord Jesus Christ so intently that we can’t help but reflect Him."
    Yes, I love this!

    1. Sarah, thank you so much for taking time to leave such an encouraging comment :)

  5. Beholding him - to reflect him. I love that idea. It's all about him. All about his glory. Thank you for this valuable reminder. I am blessed by your biblical words.

    1. Kelly, thank you so much for taking time to stop by and leave such encouraging comments! I am so blessed by your website and linking up with the #RaRaLinkup ...such amazing, godly, encouragement there ❤️

  6. "beholding our Lord Jesus Christ so intently that we can’t help but reflect Him."
    I absolutely like this! I also like how you are showing how you studied this verse and the words. God is so faithful to show me other people that love to study God's word as much as I do.

    1. Kristina, I so appreciate you taking time to read and reflect on these word studies...your kind words are very encouraging to me...many blessings to you ❤️


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