When you look in your spiritual mirror, what image is being reflected back to you? How would you identify yourself? Please, no Bible verses, no theology, no positive confessions. What is the image you have of yourself as a believer in Christ? That image is your reality, and it will in great measure govern your life.

God, as our Creator and Father, owns the patent on how His image should be manifested in and to His creation. His decision from the beginning was to impart His image to all humanity. Our identity and our reality were imbedded in the DNA of that image. Even though darkened and twisted by the fall, the latent memory of that image still whispers in every human heart “that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27).

However, humanity refused to know Him and embrace His Identity. As a result, our race has experienced increasing darkness, rebellion, violence, and death.  Listen, carefully, as you read this aloud to yourself:

For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead, they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened (Rom. 1:18-20 AMP).

All human freedom and meaning rests in our discovery and embrace of our true identity in the image of God through Christ. Having refused His image and purpose, the world lives in unreality. There is a false image of God and of humanity. There is an ignorance of who Christ is and what He is seeking to accomplish.

Father’s image, when awakened by a spiritual encounter, begins its own journey. It gropes to find its original creator. God responds. He is eager for us to know Him. He is eager for us to allow Him to know us. His eternal purpose for us becomes operable. We begin our journey of transformation into the image of His Son.

He loved you before all time and prior to your physical birth. To Jeremiah, the Father said, “Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you” (1:5). The same goes for you! Slow down, meditate on that reality. The Father’s eternal predestination, calling, and redemption of you was for you to bear the image of His Son.

The human Jesus revealed Father’s image by demonstrating who and what Father is like. He demonstrated how a human, as God created him or her, discovers identity in the reality of a relationship with Father. Christ’s commission is to take us there. He is the Pattern Son.

The reality of His image has been implanted in your human spirit. Your journey has begun. You have changed governments. You have been invited to receive and embrace the government of God as your new identity and reality.

Your new birth, described by John in His gospel, was “from above” by the Spirit. “Above” signifies the location of our governing reality. We have entered God’s own sphere. It is the Kingdom of God, the governing headquarters for restoring God’s ownership of the earth.

We have been transferred out of the world system. Almost immediately and emphatically, we discover how different are the intent and power of the Kingdom of God. We begin the transformation from an old identity and reality based in the world system to a new identity based in the risen human, Jesus Christ. We are “IN CHRIST!”

In a world that seems determined to commit suicide, all creation is begging for sons and daughters who are free in the image of the Son. Creation longs for reality and sanity in the midst of confusion and chaos. I would challenge you to take an honest look in your “spiritual mirror.” If necessary, ask Father to transform that image until you identify the image of the Son looking back at you!

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 Cor 3:18).

Bob Mumford

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