Reflect on Christ-Lesson 1
by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck
Years ago there was no Christian teaching on what it means to reflect on Christ. Oh, there was lots of philosophical ideas about the importance of learning how to “lean” on the Lord and salient advice about “spending quiet time” with the Lord, letting Him know that we can’t do anything if He doesn’t make it happen. And there was a lot of hopeful sounding counsel about how to draw upon God’s power to reach our personal goals. But this is not reflection, this is projection.
The imagination is projecting a lifestyle of purpose that we want God to get involved with and to put His stamp of approval upon. But God won’t do that. God won’t approval of us. He will only approve of Jesus Christ and that is why Jesus is the token of our faith and the focus of our reflection.
Don’t be fooled by advice that sounds good to the ears, but doesn’t do anything for your faith and is destructive to your soul. Learning how to reflect on Christ is part of your Christian armor that will protect you from those who project with the imagination and call that faith.
Let’s look at another example of hopeful sounding counsel that sounds true, but isn’t: You may hear Christians say, “True peace and joy can only be found by choosing forgiveness” and you might think, “Wow! That’s a good reflection!” But it’s not. That’s also not a reflection. That’s a projection of the moral code.
This is the philosophical and ideological struggle of the moral code. They want peace and joy. They want to experience the liberty of Christ in forgiveness. But they want these things apart from the due process of grace and truth and the terms of the covenant. The profession that sounded like it was true, is not true. It’s a lie of the moral code. Meaning, it’s true to the moral code imprinted upon the soul as the record of man, but not true to the record of Christ. This is what makes it a lie. It reflects us, not Jesus.
As long as you’re dining on that lust your eyes will be closed to Christ and that’s what the Deceiver wants. While Satan wants us to be true to our own record, God wants us to be true to the record of Christ.
When removed from the process that God uses to express Christ for the purpose of joining us to Him in His sanctification, faith became the product of a philosophy about peace and joy and forgiveness. A different process is taking place. While man uses psychology to challenge the principles of life, the knowledge of faith is needed to change the root cause.
Your imagination can’t sustain faith!
Your moral code can’t sustain faith!
Our imagination sees many possibilities and we want to reach beyond ourselves for the greatness we feel inside and we want to give God permission to do that for us. God knows the habit of the imagination is to explore, to take man beyond himself (why Adam fell), which makes him reach beyond Christ for his confidence. This is why God uses faith to rope the imagination in, to stabilize us to Christ, to keep us within the sanctification of Jesus Christ, that we would find substance in Him alone.
You can be confident in the work of God in you and be assured of His daily initiation of grace to sustain your faith because that is your daily experience when in covenant with God.
Reflection is the Core of Your Faith
Reflection is the very core of your faith. Faith is made strong through reflection. Reflection is about where your mind goes, especially when challenged by the adversary. You have to focus your attention (your mind) on Christ and His knowledge if you want to work with Him in the power of His might, to express Him and experience the divine change within your soul, and to win the victory over self, the world, and the devil.
Reflection is a Choice of Faith
The first definition for faith is “obedience to grace” and the second definition for faith is a “willingness to reflect”. So reflection is a daily choice of faith no matter what part of your growth cycle you are in. Whether “revelation”, “resistance”, or “reward” we are to reflect on Christ. We are to build our confidence on His knowledge.
As you learn more about what “resistance” is all about, you’ll see how important your choice of faith is when God sets His righteous judgments to set order to your thinking.
Faith works with knowledge. The knowledge of the new covenant is Jesus’ yoke and He said His yoke is easy. I can tell you how simple faith is and how light Jesus’ yoke of knowledge is when your reflection is turned on, but you will only truly experience this when you do it. And when you do, you’ll gain valuable discernment that will help you in your day-to-day decisions. You’ll be able to know which instructions are God given and which instructions are generated from the flesh.
When I tell you about making right choices, I’m instructing you in the faith, I’m talking about the choice of faith God has set before you in Christ—to reflect Him to express Him. Other ministers also teach about making “right choices”. You might hear it said that “If you will start making right choices, God will give you the ability to get through anything and things will turn around for you.” But this is not godly wisdom. This is the wisdom of the world. How can you know this? Look at how the promise is tethered to the circumstances of life turning around for you rather than the promise of life in Jesus Christ. There’s a huge difference between the two.
So, reflection is a choice of faith to labor with the knowledge of Christ. This is why faith pleases God—Your faith reflects Jesus Christ when you exercise your will with His knowledge. The knowledge qualifies you to partake of Christ because it reflects Him perfectly and your faith works with it and the Holy Spirit works with it. This is why faith pleases God.
Reflect on Christ: 5 Key Definitions
We’ve put together 5 key definitions to help you to further understand what it means to reflect on Christ. A series of reflection exercises will follow.
To reflect means…
To Reflect Means to Rehearse in Your Mind
Our first definition for “reflect” is to rehearse and it comes from Judges 5:11, “They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord…”
In Christ, we also are delivered from the noise of the arrows of Satan as we draw from the Lord the waters of His grace. It is there that we rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord to prepare for reciprocation. I don’t mean that we should use Event Theology to find confidence in the idea that God is involved with our life and will make all our problems go away. I mean that we are to rehearse the righteous acts of God in providing Jesus Christ as our covenant and contact point for faith to express Him.
The mind rehearses the knowledge it engages with and accepts as reality. For example, if you are studying for exams to earn a degree in physics, you’re engaging with knowledge that has been accepted as reality. You’re learning the fundamental laws of the physical world: gravity, electricity, and how things work. Did you know that sound travels 4 times faster in water than it does through air?
In physics you’re asked to rehearse knowledge to contribute (reciprocate) to the world in which you are entering as a teacher, engineer, writer, or scientist. In the kingdom of God, we rehearse the knowledge of God’s kingdom to develop an understanding of Him and to reciprocate to God the virtue of Christ, to increase His kingdom in our souls and in the Body of Christ.
The living priesthood reflects Christ. The dead priesthood (the priesthood of the flesh) reflects self, this world, the issues of this world, the circumstances of your day-to-day troubles, to lay these upon the altar of faith.
To Reflect Means to Consider
2. To consider the knowledge of Christ with the intent of gaining understanding of God’s perspective.
Our second definition for “reflect” is to consider and it comes from Isaiah 44:19, “And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?”
God asks us to consider and weigh knowledge in our hearts, to think about the knowledge of Christ and then consider His work and then compare that knowledge to the work of the adversary and his false knowledge, to then stand in agreement with God.
There’s a choice that’s being made to stand in testimony of Christ in the face of contradiction. The idol is a contradiction to God’s knowledge. Satan desires to use the natural inclination of man as an unlocked window to gain entrance into our thought life to dominate faith with searching and probing questions about self.
Each cycle of growth is an opportunity for God to heal the soul of the these inclinations which Satan nurtures. Our responsibility is faith and faith works with grace to stop and consider, to reflect. The art of reflection is the core of your faith and the key to daily overcoming the wicked one.
To Reflect Means to Review
3. To review the knowledge of the covenant in your mind to assist your discernment as you contrast the kingdom of God and His building tools to that of the kingdom of darkness to ask questions about the seeds of knowledge you are nurturing, to stand in agreement with God.
Our third definition for “reflect” is to review and it comes from Deuteronomy 22:9, “Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.”
What the mind carries, the will must uphold. What the mind carries for confidence, hope, and assurance it must go back to, for validation. It would be foolish to draw from the knowledge of Christ for the strength of our will while at the same time drawing from the knowledge of the world. This is the application of the mixed seed.
The Bible teaches us to think about the consequences of mixing truth with error. We cannot mix the knowledge of Christ with the knowledge of the world and hope to abound in Christ and retain His perception. The 2 kingdoms have opposite effects upon the soul.
Do you know the 12 essential elements of the gospel? Reflect on Christ in each element. Review the knowledge to behold Him and to know what God requires of your faith and how Jesus meets that expectation perfectly.
Do you know about the divine reciprocation of the priesthood? Review the knowledge of the covenant that we bring to Him. God calls this knowledge holy because it reflects Jesus Christ perfectly. He only is holy. God calls Jesus’ knowledge holy because it’s life giving and brings distinction. Whereas false knowledge blurs together in the mind the emotions with the principle, aspiration, and imagination. Satan offers this to the mind for labor to redirect your interest in God.
This is why the false prophetic ministry is so dangerous. It stands in the rhythm of man’s nature, saying things that are true to the signature of man, but not true to the record of Christ. God calls the sowing of this knowledge within the heart “evil” because by it man seeks insight into his own nature and an empowerment is perceived as Satan grooms this perception (Jesus called the Broad Way). A person feels “right” with themselves because they’re finding witness from others, but the witness of the Spirit is absent.
Do you know about the Law of Grace and Truth? Review the knowledge of the covenant, for by this record Jesus rules over you. Through this record He is your Lord, He is your sanctification. This is the new knowledge for the boundaries of your temperance. The knowledge of Christ frees you from the Law of Moses so the hands of Christ can mold you.
To Reflect Means to Think on These Things
4. To think on the things of Christ and His covenant to apply the knowledge of Christ to your faith. Faith must first reflect Christ before it can express Him.
Our fourth definition for reflection is to “think on these things” as in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The things of Christ are to be placed within the context of His covenant, knowledge, tools, priesthood, and divine work in the soul. Reflection is not about thinking “good thoughts” or trying not to think about “bad things”.
Reflection is tied into your growth cycles and the daily circumcision of the soul whereby God continues to adjust your perception. Your spiritual sacrifices are tied to the new perspective that God is developing in you. Our charity identifies the house we are in. So think on the things of Christ.
The drive of the God-Code tethered to the flesh is to fill the soul with earthly knowledge and the pursuit of pleasure and immediate gratification. This becomes a factor that is often used to shield our vulnerability. This is the bad habit of the flesh we in Christ now cast aside by the new habits of reflection where we think on the things of Christ to fill the soul instead with holy knowledge that the Holy Spirit may sup with us on the same knowledge.
Reflection Means to Call to Mind
5. To call to mind the truth of Christ to retain Him in our knowledge. While Satan addresses the psychological struggles of life, God directs faith to express Christ.
God provided the covenant knowledge of Christ for you to recall it to mind to retain God in your knowledge, even as Paul wrote, “ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28) And also,
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” Lamentations 3:21
But there are many things that the Enemy would have you recall to mind as well: The history of your flesh, the weakness of your body, the needs of the flesh, the drive of the God-Code, the principle of the moral code, the hope and promise of your signature gifts, the opportunities to use self discovery to shield our nakedness before God.
Under the persuasion of Satan’s knowledge we become the hypocrite. A hypocrite is one that is true to themselves, but not true to God. Reflection means to call to mind the covenant knowledge, promises, and circumcision that the Spirit initiates that we may respond to the grace of God to gain and maintain God’s perspective. This is what it means to have the mind of Christ.
The grace of God is your adoption into a new family. You’re not running to earthly sages anymore to tell you who you are in Christ by drawing upon the wisdom of the world, you’re running with the grace of God. The wisdom of God flows with grace.
God gave us one bread in Jesus Christ—the common knowledge of the covenant that we might share in the same flow of grace and same work of the Spirit. Below are examples of reflection to help you understand why reflection is the very core of your faith.
1. We can reflect on how trust comes by contact. We reflect on how God has provided our sanctified contact with Him through the tokens of Christ and how we then experience His grace and peace ruling the heart as we submit to His grace. That is “reflecting on Christ”. The witness of the Spirit carries this true testimony of God in the conscience, which makes us to glory in His name.
We can also, in times of testing, consider that the adversary also developed familiar thought patters that we came to trust even though the path of these thoughts always led to destruction. We might stop to consider how God replaced the scale of our record (we formerly trusted) with the true scale of Jesus Christ thereby removing our confidence from the flesh. This is “reflecting upon Christ.”
2. To reflect means to hold fast to the knowledge of His covenant and to join our faith to the things God has separated for us. We may, for example, think about the connection between the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the issuance of God’s grace as we embrace Christ.
In times of testing the adversary is asking us to consider the connections that he is making for the mind between what we fear and the promises he makes to the aspiration to direct our hope into the flesh to navigate around fear.
This knowledge provokes the mind to go back to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to measure truth. This knowledge must either be accepted or rejected.
Reflection on Christ helps us to consider and contrast the knowledge of both kingdoms to make a choice of faith. So then, reflection brings us to a cognitive choice of faith that pleases God and frees the soul from Satan’s wiles. This is “reflecting upon Christ.”
3. We can reflect on how Jesus has provided the tool of tongues for our labor of faith and how tongues is a token of ownership. God’s seal of approval is upon this seal of Christ and His promise is to sustain and nurture you through His priesthood.
When Satan took ownership of your soul through false knowledge he also promised to sustain and nurture you, but his nurturing is with false knowledge, which he sustains through the priesthood of the flesh. You’re asked to exercise your will with grace. This is “reflecting upon Christ.”
4. We can reflect on how prayer pleases God and how through praying we reciprocate to God, showing our worship of Him is with the token of Himself (the Holy Spirit). Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.” Prayer carries the same sanctification. The Spirit carries prayer in the sanctification of Jesus Christ. This union is recognized by the Father. Prayer preaches a point of perfection in Christ as the soul expresses its strength in God.
The Deceiver though has his own language to help you express yourself. The devil wants you to revert back to the moral code for your righteousness. He uses your signature as a template to assist you to profess a fleshly Jesus. Prayer then reflects this struggle of the conscience.
This is why we are given a new language to express Christ. A new reciprocation comes with grace. We are a people of covenant; a covenant sealed in the blood of Jesus Christ. We have learned to ascribe righteousness to Christ. This is “reflecting upon Christ.”
5. We consider that we labor to enter into rest. Our labor is with the tokens of the altar of Christ, which God sanctified for our rest. Faith meets this expectation of God that we labor with the knowledge of Christ.
The adversary would promise rest by directing you to labor by asking “self questions”: How can I measure my progress? But God does not want you to predict your peace by circumstances. Your peace is in your rest—as you labor with the knowledge of Christ.
Reflection builds confidence in this mystery of Christ. You’ll see over and over again God’s faithfulness to provide substance (grace) for your faith that you may labor in confidence of His daily care and involvement in our faith. This is “reflecting upon Christ.”