II Corinthians 3:18 “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.”
I don’t like physical mirrors. Why? Mostly it is because physical mirrors tell the truth yet not all physical mirrors tell the truth. In the hall of mirrors at the circus mirrors lie. One lying mirror makes me tall and skinny. I enjoy that mirror very much! But normal mirrors — no thanks! The most common purpose of a physical mirror is to reveal what needs to be adjusted in your physical appearance. We can adjust our hair, clothing, or whatever is “out of place.” A true mirror will reflect a true image. The term reflect means “to express or show, to give back an image or likeness.” The point to remember is that the term “give back an image” means that the object is not the reflection. What??!! OK, let me put it another way: there is a difference between you and your reflection. Perhaps you have heard of Narcissus, a mythical Greek person from whom we get our psychological term narcissism. Here’s the Greek version of the story: Narcissus was once walking by a lake and decided to drink some water; he saw his reflection in the water and was surprised by the beauty he saw; he became entranced by the reflection of himself. He could not obtain the object of his desire though, and he died at the banks of the lake from his sorrow. According to this story, Narcissus fell in love with his reflection and not with himself. Was there a difference between Narcissus and his reflection? Yes, the object of his affection (his reflection) was unavailable to him and unable to reciprocate love. Therefore he died of sorrow from unrequited love. What if there are other types of mirrors in life, like Spiritual mirrors, personality mirrors, intellectual mirrors, and emotional mirrors? Could you be looking at the wrong mirror?
Proverbs 27:19 “As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.”
Just as calm water reflects your face, your heart reflects who you are. It is a matter of the heart. What type of heart do we possess? Are we double-hearted or do we just have one heart? Why is it so confusing when we reflect an attitude that we really don’t like? At salvation, when the Lord does heart surgery, does He leave the old heart to try to beat in tandem with the new heart? What does Scripture say about the heart?
While there are many verses that deal with the heart, there are two main verses that deal with the type of heart that we possess. The first type of heart is the Old Covenant heart, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. This is the heart of the unregenerate man, our heart before Christ and unfortunately the type of heart most taught about in Christian churches . Fortunately, there is a different type of heart, a New Covenant heart, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” Ezekiel 36:26-27. As a believer in Christ, God has put His Spirit within, in your spirit. He has given you a new heart with new desires to be holy, to love Him, and to love others. We are most miserable when we violate what is in our new regenerated heart. There are not two hearts working in tandem or against one another. So the Bible talks about face mirrors and heart mirrors. Are their any more types of mirrors?
I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”
Just like a mirror the soul was made to reflect. The soul has often been considered the mind, the will, and the emotions of an individual. What does the soul reflect? A soul mirror reflects thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and helps to determine what needs to be changed. Is the soul moral or amoral? If a physical mirror reflected pornography would that make the mirror immoral? If a physical mirror reflected holiness would that make the mirror holy? No. Hence the soul is amoral: the soul mirror is neither good or bad. The behavior the mirror reflects can be holy or immoral. The mirror only reflects where the mind is set either on things above or on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2).
From the above (I Corinthians 13:12) we see what is necessary in order to see ourselves clearly. This side of heaven we see dimly but in seeing the light of life and knowing Him face to face, we will see clearly. This leads us to the next type of mirror.
“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Finally and perhaps most importantly the spiritual mirror helps us to determine a very important issue. In the above verse we are told to test and examine ourselves. The difference between testing and examining can be explained in buying a car. You test drive the car and then you take the car to your mechanic to examine the intricate systems of the vehicle. The point of the spiritual testing and examining above is to see “Christ is in you.” Any self evaluation that does not point us to the One that lives within should be treated as suspect. Self-critical analysis almost always leads to self-loathing or an inordinate focus on self. Only as we see Christ within do we know hope, love, and peace.