Philippians 2:13 Discover God himself as your inexhaustible inner source; he ignites you with both the desire and energy that matches his own delight!
2:14 Your entire life is a poem; any undercurrent murmuring or argumentative debating would be completely out of place! Do not let such issues disrupt the rhythm of your conversation.
2:15 Your flawless innocence radiates life’s contrast as beacons of light in the midst of a people who have forgotten their true sonship and whose lives have become distorted and perverse. (In this verse Paul quotes Deut 32:5 from the Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew text, with reference to Deut 32:4,5 &18. In context God’s perfect workmanship as Father of mankind is forgotten; people have become “crooked and perverse” twisted and distorted out of their true pattern of sonship. Deut 32:18 says, you have forgotton the Rock that begot you and have gotten out of step with the God who danced with you! Hebrew, khul or kheel.)
2:16 Your lives echo-exhibit the logic of life. You are positioned like the stars in the night sky, superimposed and beaming forth radiance, piercing the darkness. (The word, epecho, is from epi, to superimpose, and echo, to hold, echo resonance. logos, word, it embodies a conception or idea, thought, logic.)
Heb 12:14 Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 😦
OR read the Mirror! Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all men; true friendship can only be enjoyed in an environment of total forgiveness and innocence. This makes God visible in your life.
12:15 You must understand that this is a grace-race and not a law-race. While we’re in compete- and compare-mode we create the opportunity for resentment to flourish and to poison many in the process. (We are all equally included in the same victory in Christ!)
I think the mirror translation brings out the full essence of the inclusive nature of the gospel or good news of Christ in us the hope of glory, which the usual translations didn’t manage to capture. I like how the verse “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure” is rephrased as “God is our inexhaustible inner source who ignites us with the desire and energy that matches his own delight.” 🙂
It relates to this blog I read earlier about the experience of God within every person.
“Whether a person believes in such things or not, the mystics see God within and know that everyone has this Divine center within them. It is not an opinion or a belief, as mystics are not that interested in such things. Real experience brings real transformation and complete change to a human being. This is why those who really know carry such a presence of peace that flows through them.
The mystics and saints are the ones who have moved the consciousness of the world and opened the hearts of those seeking to the truth that God is within.”
(From “What christian mystics know that you don’t” by Peter Bowes)
I also like the mirror version of Hebrews 12:14 above. Yes, the so-called “holiness” is nothing more than “whole-liness” in which people are conscious of their own innocence and wholeness, which makes God visible in our life. We are all equally included in the innocence and completeness of God, and this awareness helps bring peace among all men.
In Aramaic the word holy is translated as follows: Awareness that everything is there within, consciousness of everything properly intended for man. The term holy was meant to give us a holistic perception of what we view. Spirit means breath. So if we take these definitions and bring them into union, Holy Spirit actually conveys the message of the “all embracing, holistic breath and awareness of God.”
(From “POWER of YOUR SACRED BREATH” by Mary Lou Houllis)