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Jesus Christ is infinitely more than an historic Hero; He is both the mirror image of an invisible God, and at the same time the reflection and blueprint of every person’s original design. His life, death and resurrection represent the human race, preserved and revealed in the most documented ancient record, and confirmed in our faith.
We believe that the church, ekklesia, is so much more than a building or an organisation. It is the voice of God that echoes in man and reveals man’s true spiritual origin and identity (Greek, ek, a preposition denoting origin, and kaleo, urgent invitation, to give a name to, to receive the name of, to call or salute by name). Jesus introduces Simon, the son of Jonah to his true identity, a stone hewn out of the Rock; the son of man is the son of God. It is in this context that Jesus says he will build His ekklesia. Math.16:13, 16-18. Isa.51:1, Deut.32:18, 1Peter 2:5.
‘And we all, with new understanding, see ourselves in Him as in a mirror; thus we are changed from an inferior mindset to the revealed opinion of our true Origin.’
2 Corinthians 3:18 – Mirror Translation
‘They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiselled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.’
2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 The Message
People often ask me how we got started in this wonderful mirror message. There are many moments of reflection and impression that quickened our understanding and appreciation of the success of the cross; our parents and others have laid such a sure foundation in demonstrating the simplicity of the love of God and his initiative to bring about closeness and friendship; but I must mention two outstanding moments that are deeply impressed in my memory.
The first was during our honeymoon in January 1979 in the Bourke’s Luck area in Mpumalanga. Lydia and I met a nature conservation officer who told us how they released a Black eagle that was in the Pretoria zoo for ten years. This happened about a week prior to our visit. She told us how excited they were when the bird finally arrived in its wooden crate. They knew that this was the day for this eagle to be freed and to return to the life of its design. But their excitement soon turned to frustration when, after opening the cage, the bird just would not fly! They realised that the ten years of caged life trapped this poor birds mind in an invisible enclosure! How could they get the eagle to realise that it was indeed free. After some hours the bird suddenly looked up, and in the distance they heard the call of another eagle; immediately the zoo-eagle took off in flight! No flying lessons are required when truth is realised!
This story gives such clarity and content to the fact that Jesus came to the planet not to upgrade the cage of Jewish or any other religion by starting a new brand called, the Christian religion; but to be the incarnate voice of the likeness and image of God in human form! He came to reveal and redeem the image of God in us! His mission was to mirror the blueprint of our design, not as an example for us but of us! Col.1:15, 2:9,10.
In God’s faith mankind is associated in Christ even before the foundation of the world. Jesus died humanity’s death and when the stone was rolled away, we were raised together with him! Every human life is fully represented in him! Hosea 6:2.
If the gospel is not the voice of the free eagle it is not the gospel.
The second vivid memory encounter that moulded this message in me was a few years later (1983) when I was asked to pastor a church in White River, Mpumalanga. Until that time I was preaching in the schools of Kangwane and would speak only once or perhaps twice a week to the same audience. I felt a bit worried at the thought that I would now have to speak to the same group of people almost daily. One morning I was specifically praying about this when God reminded me of the five loaves and two fish miracle. I realised that Jesus just continued to multiply the same five loaves and two fish! He did not at some point run out and then had to ask for a few more fish or another loaf!
I suddenly felt a strong urge to read 2 Corinthians 5. I already knew verse 17 off by heart but my eyes were drawn to verse 16. It felt like I was reading it for the first time in my life! When I read the first line I started weeping as God began to open my understanding to what it was that caused Paul to say, “From now on therefore…” That morning became my personal, “From now on therefore” moment! “From now on therefore, I no longer know anyone after the flesh!”
Wow, I mean Paul was so aware of people’s natural pedigrees; even his own prominent lineage dwarfed into insignificance when he realised that whoever he was by natural birth died when Jesus died. One has died for all can only mean that all have died!” I was totally overwhelmed with this thought and realised that this simple calculation was the only possible conclusion of the gospel according to God’s economy. No wonder then that Paul could encourage Titus to speak evil of no man, to avoid quarrelling and to show perfect courtesy towards all men; for we ourselves were once ignorant! Titus 3:2-5. The only difference is in what we know to be true about us! What is true in him is equally true in us! 1John2:7,8.
This message has set the stage for New Testament ministry! When Jesus motivated his own ministry nothing could better illustrate his mission but the three parables of Luke 15. The stories of the lost sheep, coin and son clearly confirm original ownership and the fact that their lost condition did not cancel their original value! From there Paul’s urgency, “the love of Christ constrains me.” 2 Cor. 5:14.
In the most dramatic fashion God persuades Peter to no longer call any man unholy or unclean! Acts 10:28. The Lamb of God has taken away the sin of the world! It is about time that the good news of great joy is proclaimed with bold clarity!
Mankind is the property of God! Psalm 24:1.
It is so important to ponder the Genesis of it all, where did we begin? How awesome to consider that he knew us before. Our brief history on this planet did not introduce us to him! We are his love dream…how easy it becomes then to understand the gospel and why our father paid a non negotiable price to redeem his own!… He bought the whole field because of the treasure it holds! Jer 1:5, 2 Cor 4:7
Francois & Lydia du Toit
Francois grew up in a home where Jesus was lived and loved. His parents were in fulltime ministry in an interdenominational mission. His eldest brother, Leon is a missionary in the Ukraine and Russia for many years.
Lydia and Francois met on the 25th of August 1974, while he was working with Youth For Christ. She was sixteen and he nineteen! The following year he studied Greek and Hebrew at the University of Pretoria for three years while Lydia completed her nursing training. In 1978 Francois also spent a year with Youth with a Mission. They married in January 1979 and are blessed with four amazing children, Renaldo, Tehilla, Christo and Stefan. They worked in fulltime mission for fourteen years, during which time they also pastored a church and led a training facility for more than 700 students over a five-year period. They then left the ministry and for ten years did business mainly in the tourism industry. They built and managed a Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and eventually relocated to Hermanus where they started Southern Right boat-based whale watching.
In December 2000 Francois started writing the book, “God believes in You” which led to him being invited to speak at various Christian camps and churches. They are now back in fulltime ministry since February 2004, and travel at least once a year abroad and almost every month into Africa and around South Africa.
Francois has written several books in both English and Afrikaans, including God Believes in You, Divine Embrace, Done! and The Mystery Revealed. He is currently passionately engaged in continuing with The Mirror Translation.
His work is being translated into several African languages as well as Chinese, Russian, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Portugese, Japanese, Dutch and Slovakian.
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