Thursday, March 29, 2007

James 1:23

James 1:23

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

1.  “…he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass”

a. beholding [2657 * katanoeo; kata-intensive; noeo-to perceive] [Vines: A strengthened for of to perceive, denotes action of the mind in apprehending certain facts about a thing.] [Zodhiates: To observe, consider, think, contemplate.]

b. natural [1078 * genesis] [Vines: Birth, literally, ‘the face of his birth’.

1). Perhaps here, because of the word play, ‘the face of his new birth.’

c. glass [2072 * esoptron] [Zodhiates: A looking glass, a mirror.]

d. There are two other instances in Scripture where the Word of God has been compared to a mirror.

1). 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face…”

2). 2 Corinthians 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.”

e. When I look into the Scriptures, there are a number of images I am to see. Yes I am to see my own failings and weaknesses, but in the context, the emphasis is on me seeing not only Christ, but also me; the person he has declared me to be, in him. He wants me to see who he has intended me to be, the new creation man, where old things are passed away and all things are become new, the overcomer, the more than a conqueror that He declares I am.

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