2 Corinthians 3:12-18
12 Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness. 13 We are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the Israelites could not stare at the end of what was fading away, 14 but their minds were closed. For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it is set aside only in Christ. 15 Even to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts, 16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.
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Paul begins this portion of Scripture with "Therefore, since we have such a hope …" This is an exciting time for Paul and he wants to share the glorious news with the Christians in Corinth.
There are moments in our lives when we say, "It can't get better than this." The day you married the love of your life, your first-born child, being a single adult and accomplishing the task you thought you would never get done—those were times of feeling it couldn’t get any better. The moment you repented of your sins and accepted the blood of Jesus Christ as payment for your salvation, the day you were baptized, you thought, "It can't get better than this."
As Christians and believers in the LORD JESUS CHRIST we no longer live under the old covenant where sacrifices were made for our sins. There is no longer a veil between us and the Lord because "now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom" (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The Law was glorious in its day. It offered a way of salvation, but mankind was not able to meet the demands required by the Law. Moses had to put a veil over his face after he had met with God because the glory of God shone on his face so vividly. The glory of the grace of God was fulfilled in Christ and His death and resurrection. That is a blessed thought, and the word blessed means happy.
What makes God happy? When we accept Christ for the salvation of our souls and see Him as the new owner of our desires and lifestyle, we are blessed by the presence of God and that makes Him happy. There is no longer a veil between us and the LORD. We are free! We are to look like Christ and we are daily being transformed into His image.
Paul had to be a little bit "Southern," because he said in verse 18, "But y’all (well, he said we all, just taking a little writer’s liberty here) stand unashamed before the world by the reflection in our lives of the glory of Christ." Our glory is ever increasing. Have you ever noticed how the older we get, the more we look like our parents? Someone will say, "I would have known you anywhere I met you because you look just like your daddy (or mama)."
Do you have 20/20 vision for what God wants you to be? Some days "yes" and some days "no," but we can ask God to help us keep the veil off our eyes so we can clearly reflect the Spirit of Christ wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.
Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a story about a "great stone face." A young lad lived in a village where there was a mountain with a rock formation that they called "the great stone face." The people told a legend that someday someone would come to the village that would look like the great stone face and would do wonderful things for the village and be a means of blessing.
There was a young boy who was overwhelmed with this story. During his lifetime he gazed at the great stone face every chance he got and he would dream about it. He so wanted someone who looked like that image to come to their village.
Years passed and he became an old man. As he limped down the street one day some young boys looked up from their play and said, "He has come. The one who looks like the great stone face is here." This man had looked at the great stone face so long that now he bore its image.
- List three things that you feel have been transformed in your life as a believer.
- What place do you think the Holy Spirit has in helping us become more like Jesus?
- Read Nathanial Hawthorne’s, Great Stone Face.
- “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Sing it if you know it.