For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory…For to this day when we read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.
2 Corinthians 3: 9, 14, 15 (ESV)
These verses spoken by Paul to an ailing Corinthian Church acknowledge a straightforward truth that still confounds the minds and hearts of many Christians and the world as a whole. When we are enlightened and turn from Moses and the ill-conceived Old Covenant to Christ Jesus and the revolutionary New Covenant, we are rejecting the law and its shadow of condemnation and embracing the God-given grace and freedom of the Kingdom of God. What can be more fundamental and clear-cut than that? Yet, so many people have difficulty grasping this reality of a comprehensive empowering New Covenant, after reading about it over and over again in the New Testament. A veil remains over their eyes shrouding their minds, as it does all those who reject the true Gospel of the revolutionary ever much better new covenant.
Most Jews and many gentiles today remain stubbornly cloaked in their skepticism or disbelief in the freedom offered by God in the New Covenant. An alarming number of Christians are living enslaved to a subtle doctrine of works to justify a heavenly reward, refusing to take even one small step of belief into the freedom of the Kingdom of God. They ignorantly place their trust in the doctrine that everything must have a price to be valid. They literally have their realities backward. The law continues to subtly rear its ugly head in almost every Christian circle. Satan, of course, loves the premise of the law. He continually makes it seem logical, respectable, and quite rational from a worldly perspective, he even condemns us with it.
From a Godly perspective we can’t assume to argue the veil away, we can’t reason the veil away, and we can’t rationalize the veil away. To remove the veil we must believe it away
This by having the faith that believes Christ Jesus is exactly who he says he is, the Word-God incarnate. And then as his love and truth find life in our hearts, and we grow stronger by absorbing his Word daily, we begin to build that trust that comes with truly getting to know and understand him.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
2 Corinthians 3: 18 (ESV)
Dear Lord Jesus, the only glory we seek is that which is a reflection of you, for your glory is the one and true glory. We will glorify only you Jesus knowing your righteousness will follow us all the days of our lives. Amen.
A F Fischer