Tag: ever increasing glory
Scripture reading for August 1st: 2nd Corinthians 3
Key scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Corinthians 3:15-18 “Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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.”
When the Jews read Moses–the Law of God in the first five books of the Old Testament–a veil covered their hearts. The law can only reveal sin, not cleanse a heart and soul from the guilt of sin and enable man to see God’s glory. But when anyone, Jew or Gentile, turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. The veil sin in the heart hides the soul from beholding God’s glory just as the temple veil shielded sinful man from being exposed to God’s glory and death. The blood of Jesus has cleansed the sinner who believes in Christ and the veil is removed and access given to behold God’s glory. This glory is revealed by the Holy Spirit–the Gift of the Father. It transforms us into God’s image and likeness with ever-increasing glory!
Observations for over-comers: Salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit open the spirit of man to the glory of God. This brings continuous transformation into Christ’s likeness and glory! “Then the Lord said(to Moses), “There is a place near Me where you may stand on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove My hand and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33:21-23)
Scripture reading for July 31st: 2nd Corinthians 3
Paul was a Pharisee and student of the Jewish Scriptures–our Old Testament. He understood the law and the glory that Moses experienced as he received the Law in the holy Presence of God on the mountain. “Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness? For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts.” (2nd Corinthians 3:7-11)
Jesus brought a ‘New Covenant’ that was of greater glory than the Old Covenant! The Law could only show men their sin and provide temporary relief through animal sacrifice. The New Covenant brought forgiveness through Christ’s perfect sacrifice! The Law brought condemnation and death, the Spirit brings justification and life eternal! The Old Covenant was temporary, the New Covenant in Christ is eternal. The Old Covenant required Moses wear a veil to cover the fading glory, the New Covenant removes the veil from all believers in Christ!
“Now where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 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.” (2nd Corinthians 3:17-18) The glory of Christ in each believer transforms them into His likeness! The glory that they reflect is “ever-increasing!” Believers are growing in glory!
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!
Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Corinthians 1-5
Due to a few days errors in writing, we must read on four Sunday’s to catch up! I pray that you will rest as you read and be refreshed! God’s Word is Spirit and Life and has transforming power for our soul, mind, and body! As we gather with God’s people to worship and hear the Word preached and taught, God meets with us and transformation comes through revelation of His glory and grace!
“But when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 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 Spirit.” (2nd Corinthians 3:16-18)
In this second letter to the Corinthians, Paul was writing to them about the Jews who were under the law. Moses received the law from God by spending 40 days in His presence twice! Each time, his face glowed because of being in God’s presence and Moses had to wear a veil to keep the Israelites from gazing at him while the glory was fading away. Even today, as Moses is read this same veil remains because it can be taken away only by faith in Jesus Christ. (2nd Corinthians 3:14-15)
But when anyone, Jew or Gentile, turns to the Lord there is freedom to behold the glory of the Lord through the Holy Spirit. We see in Jesus Christ the glory of God the Father’s love and mercy. We now can understand God’s love and plan to bring us into His family and His glory. As we behold Him in the Spirit, we are transformed into His likeness. His Holy Spirit brings to our inner man the ever-increasing glory of revelation of the holiness of our King in His glory!
We have this treasure of the Holy Spirit in our bodies, which are weak and decaying, given over to death. The Holy Spirit produces God’s life in us, showing the world that this new glory and power is not from us but from God! (2nd Corinthians 4:6-7) The god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers and hidden this light of revelation from them so that they are still in the veil of darkness. (2nd Corinthians 4:4) Praise the Lord for Light!
In His Glory, Pastor John