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 by the Spirit of the lord. 2 Cor. 3:18.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:21-25 NKJV.
Implanted, emphutos, Strong’s ##1721:”rooted word.” A word whose property it is to root itself like a seed in the heart. The word is sown, not grafted; God has caused the word of God to take root in the heart. Col. 2:7, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Purity of life is not a quest for perfection as much as it is for quest for liberation from those things that may inhibit effectiveness and reduce power-filled living. Our text shows the Word of God as a means of reflection-a mirror into which we are to look and see ourselves. It serves not only to warn us but to accept the Bible’s corrective instruction. 2 Cor. 3:18 also likens God’s Word to a mirror, but describes the image seen as no less than Christ’s likeness (Rom. 8:29).
From the two texts:
- The Bible shows Christ’s likeness so that
- We may measure our conduct and character against His and allow God to shape us into Christ’s likeness (Rom.8:28).
Other promises for cleansing through God’s Word: Jer. 29:9 speaks of the “fire” in the Word, which can purge as well as ignite; and Ps. 119:9 holds special promise to the one who wants a pure life of holy power. God’s Word is a powerful, cleansing, delivering agent.
On Monday: Loving God’s Word.