Scripture reading for August 29th: 2nd Corinthians 3:1-18
The Jews lived under the old covenant of Moses and the Law. This old covenant brought a veil over their hearts and brought them death. (2nd Corinthians 3:6-7) The Law of God demanded perfect obedience but man was prone to rebellion and continually broke the law. This law came with glory to Moses. Moses’ face shone after being in God’s presence on the mountain for the second forty day period. He had to put a veil over his face to shield the Israelites from viewing the glory as it faded away. (2nd Corinthians 3:13)
Today Paul might compare the glory of the old covenant to a candle that brought light to darkness. But Christ came bringing the brightness of the sun (Son) to illuminate the darkness of our souls. (2nd Corinthians 3:9-11) The old glory was a fading glory, but Christ’s glory is permanent and ever-increasing to those who believe! His glory is revealed in the Holy Spirit living in believers and revealing this glory.
The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit! (Romans 14:17) (2nd Corinthians 3:9) The Spirit has been poured out on believers bringing them into God’s kingdom. The veil over the Jews is removed when they turn to Christ. Now the surpassing glory of Christ is revealed to them by the Spirit. They are being transformed in ever-increasing glory by the Lord Jesus through the Spirit.
These verses open up to us a wonderful revelation of what we have now in our relationship with Jesus Christ! We have been brought into wonderful freedom from the Law, which brought condemnation and death. (Romans 3:20) We have been given righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. We now have the person of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, transforming us from glory to glory. Our faces are unveiled as priests of this new covenant. We can behold our Lord Jesus Christ and allow His glory to be reflected through us to the church and world!
Are you walking by faith that this revelation of Christ’s glory is reflected through your face? Remember this truth today and smile at others. Allow them to see this ever-increasing glory and ask you what is the reason behind that. You can share this glorious Gospel with those who are drawn!