The Law of Worship: To Be Transformed
According to the law of worship, “by beholding we become changed”, but what does it mean to behold something. The dictionary defines beholding or to behold as “to perceive through sight or apprehension: see, to gaze upon, observe”. Similarly, it can be likened to being able to appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, cognize, comprehend, conceive, decipher, decode, dig, discern, grasp, and understand. Tennessee Psychiatrist, Dr. Timothy Jennings, aligns the law of worship with the design law known as modeling. Modeling is any conscious or nonconscious imitation of the behavior of another person. Do we model Christ well?
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
3 John 1:11 NKJV
We must understand that anything on earth that we choose to worship will only degrade or diminish us. We only advance by worshipping the Infinite One. Yahshua’s message, doctrine, teaching and purpose were aligned flawlessly with the Father, and we must imitate His behavior if we profess to follow Him. To be transformed by the renewing of our minds requires that we acquire a new way of thinking and being; we must acquire the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). This is achieved by beholding the ways, thoughts, deeds, and words of Yahshua Messiah, the great Rabbi; for if by beholding we become changed, we must behold Him unveiled and unblinded with clean hands and a pure heart.
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 NKJV
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NKJV
I pray the veiled is removed in Messiah today, and that our hearts are circumcised to receive the Word of God, the Word made flesh, in its fullness, grace, truth, and glory.
Morah & Prophetess Kelly Vonner