2 Corinthians 3 (Paul’s letter to the church of Corinth)
Have you ever marveled at the brightness and glory of fireworks. Usually they save the best, most brilliant lights for last, and the previous fireworks pale in comparison. Paul is urging the people of Corinth to reflect back on how when Moses would be in the presence of God he would have to veil his face, and the people could not look upon him. Paul shares “Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory!” (Jesus’ work on the cross is permanent!)
He then shares, “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face….but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS FREEDOM! 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. For THIS comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Imagine living during a time prior to the work of Jesus. Imagine trying to keep every law so that you were in right relationship with God. I ponder at times if we don’t need a little reminding of this New Covenant. Do we believe that we are totally free from the bondage of the law, and through Jesus we are saved from our past, present, and future sins? Do we understand that we will never be perfect, and we are being transformed daily, which is an action verb, not past tense. Think about being transformed over your life time, daily, glory to glory. This truth produces such freedom! Not freedom to sin, but freedom to embrace Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our lives (Hebrews 12:2)! Freedom to know that when I’m at my worst, He loves me still.
If we truly embrace this grace and freedom, what ministers we could be to a hurting world who covers their faces with veils of unworthiness, feeling like they never measure up. Ministers to people who are turned off by religious people who point fingers and criticise, instead of share the healing grace of Jesus. What if we could point them to Jesus who would gently remove the veil that covers their scars and wounds, and minister the healing love of His Spirit.
If you have Jesus, there are no veils to cover you, you are being transformed from glory to glory!
SHINE! HIS GRACE IS BEAUTIFUL ON YOU…….