Sunday 7 May, 2017

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

7 The Law was written in letters on stone. Even though it was a way of serving God, it led to death. But even that way of serving God came with glory. The glory lasted for only a short time. Even so, the people of Israel couldn’t look at Moses’ face very long. 8 Since all this is true, won’t the work of the Holy Spirit be even more glorious? 9 The law that condemns people to death had glory. How much more glory does the work of the Spirit have! His work makes people right with God. 10 The glory of the old covenant is nothing compared with the far greater glory of the new. 11 The glory of the old lasts for only a short time. How much greater is the glory of the new! It will last forever. 12 Since we have that kind of hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses. He used to cover his face with a veil. That was to keep the people of Israel from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made stubborn. To this day, the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. The veil has not been removed. Only faith in Christ can take it away. 15 To this day, when the Law of Moses is read, a veil covers the minds of those who hear it. 16 But when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is also there. 18 None of our faces are covered with a veil. All of us can see the Lord’s glory and think deeply about it. So we are being changed to become more like him so that we have more and more glory. And this glory comes from the Lord, who is the Holy Spirit.

Having a face that literally glows with the glory of God seems like a pretty cool thing, right? When Moses came down from the mountain after meeting with God, his face shone with glory, so much so that he covered his face with a veil.

That was, I imagine, a pretty amazing sight, and yet here we read that this is now considered to have no glory in comparison to the surpassing glory we now can experience in Christ! This must have been quite incredible for the Jews reading Paul’s words to comprehend.

Through Jesus, the new covenant is so much more glorious because it’s not dependent upon my works or my faithfulness to God, but upon the work of Christ on the cross and HIS faithfulness. And unlike Moses’ glory, the glory of Christ does not fade with time.

When we try to get to God through our own efforts our hearts are veiled to God. But now, with unveiled faces we are being transformed with ever increasing glory. Sometimes, I must admit, that I can’t always see my own transformation, but by faith I can believe that this is true – quite exciting, really!

Thank you Jesus, for the incredible freedom that you have bought for us on the cross, and for your transforming work in my life.

Written by Shelley Witt

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