A Veil: For Some It Remains; For Others It Is Taken Away – from 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6

 

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 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 the glory of God in the face of Christ.

NIV

 

This is a hard passage, but it intrigues me to know that there is a veil over the heart and mind of those who don’t believe, blinding their eyes from the truth of the Word of God and the gospel.

But for us who have believed in Christ, that veil has been removed.  And what a blessing it is; we are now able to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (4:6). And as we gaze into His glory from day to day, we are continually and progressively being transformed into His likeness.  Yes, with the veil removed we live from glory to glory for eternity.  That is, we will continue to grow in our relationship with God—ever learning new things about God and His creation, ever enjoying all he has for us, ever delighting more and more in His presence.

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