Admit it, sometimes you stop to check your reflection out when passing a body of water, window, or mirror. We all do from time to time. We find ourselves alone for a minute and are able to stop and reflect. Like looking into a pond or mirror, for that moment we really look at our self and oftentimes, our reflection shows us things that we didn’t intend to see and don’t really like.
This is exactly what God’s law does for us. (God’s law being a set of rules and commandments) The law can’t save us any more then looking in a mirror can magically make us clean, but it “can” show us how dirty we’ve gotten so that we realize that we need to be washed.
Of course the only way to be washed clean of our sins is by the blood of Jesus. For there is no other Name under heaven by which man can be saved (Acts 4:12). We must acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior, and as the only begotten Son of God. We must also acknowledge our sin, ask to be forgiven of it, and turn away from it (or repent). However, we are not very likely to do that unless we realize that we have sinned. Just like we are not likely to wash a dirt spot or stain off our face if we don’t even know that it’s there. That’s what the mirror is for. When you hold the mirror of God’s law up for someone (or even for ourselves) to look at, it reveals our filthy sin and shows us our need to repent of it and be washed by the blood of the Lamb.
So let’s try it out. Here are examples of God’s law. Let’s reflect on it for a minute and see if it reveals any spot on us that we need to be personally cleansed of today.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:15
“Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness” – Exodus 20:15-16
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers (users of drugs), and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart,” – Proverbs 6:16-21
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” – Ephesians 5:3-7
Now that we’ve taken only a brief look into the mirror of God’s law, we have to remember that looking in the mirror alone won’t make us clean. So when you looked, if you saw something that should not be in you life, it’s time to do something about it. You have to choose to clean it up. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word, be a doer of it. Repent and be washed.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 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: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he saw. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” – James 1:22-25
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:5
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” – Acts 3:19
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light (repent of sin and live holy as He is holy), we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”- 1 John 1:7
“…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:14