Some friends and I have been in 2 Corinthians lately. Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth is full of hope and promise for them to understand his message. False teachers had infiltrated the church confusing them and leading them astray.
Paul reminds the Corinthians that they are under the new covenant. Jesus came to fulfill the law, the old covenant. Moses received the law and the old covenant on Mt. Sinai. When coming down the mountain, the Israelites were astounded by Moses’s face. His face radiated with God’s glory and so, Moses had to wear a veil in their presence.
Paul shares with the Corinthians that the Israelite people continued to wear the veil at the time of his ministry. The veil covers the hearts of those not willing to turn to Jesus Christ. Thus, they live in darkness. The veil is only removed by Jesus Christ.
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16).
Once the veil is removed, the person steps into light. The Spirit of the Lord comes upon them. And through the power of Christ’s death and resurrection, the person receives freedom.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Paul goes on to say that our unveiled faces allow us the ability to behold the Lord’s glory and in following Christ, we are being transformed. In the beginning man was created in God’s image. As believers of the new covenant, we are being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
God’s glory, His renown, is for you and me to behold. May His glory fall upon us and overwhelm us. God’s presence is what our hearts long for. He is the nourishment our souls need. And when I’ve been with Him, I know I’ve been changed.
Father God, let Your glory fall. Let it rain down upon me and change me. Thank You for removing the veil from my heart. May my life reflect Your love. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.